Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is set to be part of delegation led by New Zealand Primer Minister John Key who will be visiting India next week.
Key would be leading a highly qualified business and educational delegation to the world’s largest democracy next week as New Zealand looks to improve their relations with India as the country is slowly becoming one of the key players in the world.
Brendon McCullum who holds a significant share in a cricket app and data company called Cric HQ will be also part of the delegation and it should come as a surprise as former New Zealand prime minister have also taken Stephen Fleming with him when he visited India in 2011.
“We’re very keen to progress a free-trade agreement — we’re both members of RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) so that’s one way home, but maybe a quicker and easier way might be a bilateral deal,” stuff.co.nz quoted the New Zealand Prime Minister as saying.
“It’s a discussion point that we’ve got. It’s a little less about whether there could be an FTA and a little more about what the quality of the FTA would look like,” he added.
“India is a key partner for New Zealand. It is a leading source of skilled migrants, international students and tourists, and in the five years since I last visited our two-way trade has grown by 41 per cent to USD 2.4 billion,” Key said. “The India-New Zealand relationship will only continue to grow, and this visit will help drive New Zealand’s political and commercial partnership with the world’s third-largest economy,” he added.
New Zealand are looking to make a significant progress in their relationships with India in the upcoming tour and Brendon McCullum is undoubtedly the most loved New Zealander in India would be present as part of delegation.