The Minister will travel to Europe and the United Kingdom for financial missions and the Commonwealth Games

Grant Robertson leaves tomorrow for commitments in his financial portfolios and to support New Zealand athletes at the Commonwealth Games in the UK.

He will participate in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from August 2 in the evening. Before that, he will travel to Paris for meetings with political, sports and economic leaders, then to the United Kingdom for similar meetings.

“Global economies are challenged by volatility, including high inflation, the war in Ukraine and the ongoing COVID pandemic. This is a global situation, so it is useful to hear how these factors affect other jurisdictions,” said Grant Robertson.

The Minister will meet his political counterparts in France and the UK as well as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of England Andrew Bailey, as well as New Zealand investors and businesses.

“I am also delighted to be able to attend the Commonwealth Games to support all of our athletes who have trained hard over the past four years for this event. This is all the more impressive as they have had to deal with the disruption caused by the global pandemic.

“We come into these games following a very successful event in Australia in 2018 when our team won 46 medals.

“We have 233 athletes competing in Birmingham from all over New Zealand. Their ages range from 16 to 75 and this year we have our highest proportion of female athletes at 53%,” said Grant Robertson.

The Minister will return to New Zealand on August 8.

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Mary I. Bruner