New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully leaves for Singapore on Tuesday to give the keynote speech at a New Zealand Business Forum, and to meet with senior Singaporean Ministers.
"Singapore is an important bilateral and regional partner for New Zealand," McCully said in a media statement on Tuesday.
He said there are excellent opportunities for partnerships between New Zealand business innovation and Singaporean capital, and while Singapore has felt the effects of the financial crisis like everyone else, it has sound economic fundamentals, and is well positioned to quickly recover.
"The New Zealand Business Forum will showcase to regional business leaders seven of our leading companies working in biotechnology, the creative sector, and 'green' technologies, and it will do a lot to boost New Zealand's business profile in one ofour most important markets," he added.
After the Forum, McCully will meet Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo.
He said Singapore is this year's APEC Chair and also a key player in South East Asian political, trade, and defense arrangements.