Excitement for Jacinda Ardern's bilateral meeting with Donald Trump

There's excitement over what could come out of a bilateral between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Donald Trump.

Ardern will hold her first bilateral meeting with Trump in New York on Monday (local time) next week as part of her trip overseas for the United Nations General Assembly.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett told Newshub a good relationship between New Zealand and the US is crucial.

"We export about $9 million of bees, agriculture and wine into the United States so building on that would be a good outcome."

He's hoping there's some talk of improving trade between the two countries.

"Whatever you can do to reduce the barriers between our two nations, the closer you're going to get to the possibility of a free trade agreement, that's going to be good for New Zealand, its going to be good for our exporters and importers."

Ardern said in a statement on Tuesday the talks will mostly focus on trade and cooperation in the Pacific.

"The US is a key security partner for New Zealand, and an important trading partner," she said. 

"Two-way trade is over $18 billion, and there is strong support from the New Zealand business community to further strengthen our trade and economic ties."

Ardern will travel to Japan to meet its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before heading on to New York. Winston Peters will step in as Acting Prime Minister from September 18 - 28 while she is away.


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