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New Zealand seeks greater science collaboration with U.S.

(Xinhua)

14:34, September 14, 2012

WELLINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A New Zealand government-led science delegation will head to the United States on Sunday to promote scientific collaboration between the two countries.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce will lead the delegation to attend the New Zealand-United States Joint Commission on Science and Technology Cooperation which aims to promote collaboration in policy and research in Washington on Sept. 19-20.

The joint meeting is an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship, highlight the value of New Zealand's science expertise and position the country as a valued research partner, Joyce said in a statement.

In Washington, Joyce will also meet with Dr John Holdren, the U. S. President's Advisor for Science and Technology, and visit the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), one of New Zealand 's key tertiary education partners.

"New Zealand has a strong international reputation for innovation and for delivering high quality education. This is an opportunity to highlight our strengths and help double the international education contribution to the New Zealand economy to 5 billion NZ dollars (4.17 billion U.S. dollars) by 2025," Joyce said.

The delegation will go on to San Francisco, where Joyce will meet with representatives of New Zealand business operating in the United States and with Silicon Valley executives, said the statement.

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