WELLINGTON, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English will support Australia's leadership of the G20 meeting of counterparts and central bank governors of the world's largest economies in Sydney this week.
Australia, as host of the G20 this year, had invited New Zealand to attend as a guest alongside the G20 members, and the finance ministers would meet again in Cairns in September.
"New Zealand strongly supports Australia's approach to the G20 presidency, including its focus on promoting strong economic growth and employment, and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks," English said in a statement Wednesday.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had also invited New Zealand to join the Australian Leadership Group of the Business 20, a forum of business leaders from across the G20.
"Later this year, Australia will host an Australian business week involving over 400 of the world's top business leaders. Such significant opportunities do not come along often. We appreciate Australia providing this opportunity for New Zealand both at a political and business level to showcase our country at an important international forum," said English.
The finance ministers meeting, which would run from Friday to Sunday, would cover a range of issues including the global economy, investment and infrastructure, the challenge of managing growth, and taxation.
English said he was also hoping to hold bilateral meetings with United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Sydney.