Key to visit Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia
Prime Minister John Key is going to visit Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings aimed at boosting New Zealand's regional trade, political and security links.
He's leaving on Saturday, leading a trade delegation to Vietnam before attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) leader's meeting in Manila and then the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
"The Asia-Pacific region is a significant driver of global economic growth with massive demand for New Zealand products," he said on Monday.
"Around 70 percent of our total trade now takes place with Apec economies alone."
In Manila, Mr Key will meet other Apec political leaders and address the Apec chief executives summit, which will be attended by about 700 CEOs.
He returns to New Zealand on November 23.