8 de marzo de 2013 en el acto organizado por Icare, la Fundación Chilena del Pacífico y el Instituto Libertady Desarrollo, con el patrocinio de la embajada de Nueva Zelandia y el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's great to be here in Santiago. I would like to thank the organisers of this event for the work you do in developing trade relations, and in helping our countries get to know each other better.
During my time here I'm looking forward to trying two things Chile is famous for--your delicious beef and a pisco sour.
I am going to Puerto Montt tomorrow to see Fonterra's longest-standing overseas investment, a Soprole [So-pro-lay] dairy farm, and I hope both will be on the menu at the barbecue there.
It will also be fantastic to see some of the beautiful countryside Chile has to offer.
Ladies and Gentlemen, New Zealand's relationship with Chile is our longest-standing in Latin America.
We both opened embassies in each other's countries in 1972 and, ever since, we have forged strong bonds across a number of different fields.
Relations between New Zealand and Chile are in great shape, and I enjoy a warm relationship with President Piñera.
Our most recent meeting was at APEC in Vladivostok last September, and it was a good opportunity to reflect on the vibrant nature of our countries' relationship in recent times.
We also had the opportunity to discuss the future, and the potential for Chile and New Zealand to do more together.
A great deal of that requires political leadership, and our governments are committed to working together in a number of areas.
But the real energy will come from the private sector, particularly through collaboration in education, increased trade and investment, and business partnerships.
The relationship between New Zealand and Chile is broad and wide-reaching.
Our two countries work closely together in agriculture, the geothermal energy sector and in education.
Companies like Fonterra are well-established here. Trading as Soprole, it's the second-most recognised brand in Chile after Coca-Cola.
And Mighty River Power has a number of geothermal investments in Chile.
We have a free trade agreement, through the P4, and I'll talk about more about that shortly.
We have a shared interest in Antarctica, where I was privileged to visit earlier this year to view New Zealand's environmental research and preservation work.
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