New Caledonian delegation to develop construction standards in partnership with BRANZ [fr]
Following the signing of the New Caledonia-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Plan in 2016, both countries are looking at harmonising their standards and qualifications. As part of these efforts, a delegation from New Caledonia will be in New Zealand from October 4-6 2018.
Following a first visit in March 2017 that aimed at the standardisation of the timber sector, and a second visit in August 2017, a New Caledonian delegation will return to New Zealand from October 4-6 to discuss standards and qualifications in the construction sector.
Each country uses different systems of standards, and both aim to harmonise them to facilitate trade.
During their time in New Zealand, the 10 members of the New Caledonian delegation will meet institutional stakeholders including the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and those in charge of defining standards and checking compliance, notably BRANZ.
The objective of the visit, funded by the Government of New Caledonia with a contribution of the New Zealand’s Ministry of foreign affairs and trade (MFAT) is to eventually reach the signing of a partnership agreement between the New Caledonian Government and BRANZ in the fields of standards and qualifications, with a long term goal of skill transfer from BRANZ to competent laboratories in New Caledonia.
The Delegation of New Caledonia to New Zealand, based at the Embassy of France, is in charge, in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), of implementing the New Caledonia-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Plan.
Signed in September 2016 by President of the Government of New Caledonia Philippe Germain and then-New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, the plan aims to define the framework and objectives for bilateral trade exchanges, including through the promotion of joint ventures.