Australia and New Zealand have agreed to join the first-ever international maritime shipping conference in 2019.
The New Zealand Maritime Board announced the agreement on Friday, after the two countries signed an agreement to work together on sea safety.
New Zealanders will also get access to the Pacific Rim’s first commercial air-traffic system and will get a chance to see Australia’s new, much-loved submarine.
Australia has also announced it will be joining the conference.
This will be the first time the world has ever had the opportunity to host the conference, the Australian Government said.
“The importance of this meeting is not only for the nations of the Pacific Ocean, but for the world at large,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.
She said the meeting would give a strong voice to the importance of maritime safety, and highlight the vital role of the international community in protecting the oceans.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the signing of the agreement at a news conference in Auckland on Friday.
It will take place at the International Maritime Organisation’s annual conference in New York in 2019, where Australia will also play a prominent role.
The Pacific Rim Convention and Association is a meeting of maritime nations from around the world, and has grown in importance over the past decade.
The group is responsible for setting the rules for the global trade of goods and services, and is responsible to the UN and other international bodies, like the World Trade Organization.