UK, New Zealand sign ‘research, science, innovation’ agreement

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Deal signed by UK and New Zealand premiers Boris Johnson and Jacinda Ardern in London

Britain and New Zealand signed on Friday a research, science and innovation agreement, “demonstrating commitment to closer bilateral relationship,” an official statement said.

The agreement will bring UK and New Zealand researchers and business together to deal with shared challenges, it added.

The deal was signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jacinda Ardern, his counterpart from New Zealand, in London.

“Co-operation under the Arrangement is expected to be wide-ranging, from joint research and development of new technologies, to visits and exchanges of scientists, and innovation missions between businesses,” according to the statement.

“This is another step in our Science Superpower mission to widen and deepen our post-Brexit global science programmes,” Science Minister George Freeman said.

He added: “Today’s agreement with our New Zealand allies and partners represents another victory for our bilateral relations in science and innovation, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, where we are also building strong working relationships with Australia, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

“This is in addition to the Science and Innovation Memorandums of Understanding I have now agreed with Israel, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada.”

The readout said the UK also “launches global programme in AgriTech, supporting UK businesses grow and scale by establishing connections to New Zealand’s leading AgriTech industry.”

The program will “enable access to New Zealand businesses, universities, labs and investors, allowing innovators to work with their counterparts to develop solutions to common industry challenges, such as advancing the use of robotics and satellite data for more efficient and precise farming.”

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