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Chile's APEC year: New Opportunities for Business

07:30 — 09:00
The Northern Club, Princes Street, Auckland

LANZBC members were treated to another excellent event on Thursday 27 June, with Loreto Leyton, the Executive Director of ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) 2019 giving an overview of Chile’s plans for APEC 2019 and how these goals could create new opportunities for exporters.

The event was hosted by the three Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence and the LANZBC over breakfast at Auckland’s Northern Club, with Loreto providing an informative insight into Chile’s areas of focus for its APEC year.

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ARGENTINA AND ASIA: A GROWING AND FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIP

18:00 — 19:30
University of Auckland, Symonds Street, Auckland

Thursday 27 June also saw Ambassador Eduardo Sadous join members of the LANZBC and NZIIA for a presentation on the fruitful relationship between Argentina and the various nations of Asia.

A small gathering at the University of Auckland learnt that China was now Argentina’s 2nd largest trading partner, after Brazil and ahead of the US, and Chinese investment was present in almost all sectors in Argentina. The Chinese market represented US$3 billion of exports to the country, with Vietnam at US$2 billion.

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The Southern Link: An idea on the move

08:30 — 17:30
Aotea Centre, Auckland

Making New Zealand a major and natural connection between China and South America is an idea whose time has come.

This was a key theme at the ‘Building the Southern Link’ conference, which brought together 150 businesspeople, government officials and thought leaders from New Zealand, China, Argentina and Chile on 25 June.

The conference was co-hosted by New Zealand China Council, Latin America New Zealand Business Council, Consejo Argentino Para Las Relaciones Internacionales, Fudan University and Fundacion Chilena del Pacifico.

The Southern Link will involve routing passengers and multi-modal freight between China and South America via New Zealand, providing the shortest air route between the continents and facilitating a more seamless and convenient flow of goods and people compared to alternative hubs in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Exciting times for New Zealand and Latin American Agribusiness

16:30 — 18:00
Fieldays International Business Centre, Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Hamilton

An uncharacteristically warm and sunny afternoon at Fieldays 2019 saw a fantastic turnout for the LANZBC and NZTE’s Latin America networking event on 13 June. Around 60 guests enjoyed canapes and beverages in the newly located International Business Centre, including His Excellency Fausto Lopez Crozet, the Argentinean Ambassador, Sir William Gallagher and MPs Nathan Guy and Todd Muller.

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Manilazes: coffee, education and #1 in Colombia for ease of doing business

16:00 — 17:00
NZTE/MFAT Offices, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, Auckland

The Council was pleased to host the Mayor of Manizales, José Octavio Cardona León, for a roundtable discussion with members and guests on Monday 27 May.

The Mayor was visiting New Zealand as a recipient of the Municipality Award in Colombian President Duque’s Public Service Excellence Awards in December 2018 for a community conflict prevention/early intervention initiative using an inexpensive technology/information system by the Municipality of Manizales, in Colombia’s coffee producing department Caldas.

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COLOMBIA: READY FOR GLOBAL INVESTMENT


PwC, Level 17, 188 Quay Street, Auckland

LANZBC members and guests enjoyed breakfast and networking with a stunning view of Auckland from the 17th floor offices of PwC on 4th March, before sitting down to enjoy presentations from both Colombia’s Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Jaime Miranda Bueno and Trade Commissioner Juan Carlos Jimenez, on the opportunities Colombia offers to New Zealand importers and exporters.

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CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF THE MEXICAN FILM INDUSTRY

17:00 — 20:00
Bridgeway Cinema, 122 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland

LANZBC Members and guests gathered on Auckland’s North Shore earlier to week to celebrate the Oscars success of the Mexican film Roma, with a special private screening of the film at the Bridgeway Cinema. Sponsored by the Mexican Embassy, and supported by Besos Latinos, the evening was a wonderful way to kick start the LANZBC’s event programme for 2019.

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CPTPP Prospects in Mexico: Breakfast with Mark Sinclair


NZTE, 100 Willis Street, Wellington

We can now count Mexico as one of our newest free trade partners, thanks to the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) , which came into force on 30 December 2018. And for our New Zealand exporting companies, the benefits are numerous.

At a recent webinar event – the first as part of a new initiative led by LANZBC and supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) – New Zealand’s Ambassador to Mexico, Mark Sinclair, took the opportunity to reflect on the new opportunities emerging in the New Zealand–Mexico relationship. 

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Doing Business in Mexico


Wellington, Christchurch

New Zealand and Mexico will soon be free-trade partners for the first time, with New Zealand having recently ratified the CPTPP. So the visit to Wellington and Christchurch last week of the Mexican Ambassador José Gerardo Traslosheros and the Trade Commissioner Rodolfo Esaú Garza de Vega, was very timely.

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The Pacific Alliance: 2018 and beyond

08:00 — 11:00
Pullman Hotel, Cnr Princes Street & Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland

The LANZBC Board were delighted to sponsor the 'Pacific Alliance: 2018 and beyond' event on 31 August in Auckland, which highlighted the significance of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru as trading partners for New Zealand.

Ms. Caroline Bilkey, Assistant Secretary and Group Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Auckland office, lead a panel discussion with the Pacific Alliance country Ambassadors, followed by individual presentations by the Trade Commissioners of the respective countries.

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Celebrando Buenos Aires!

18:00 — 20:00
Generator, Level 1, 22-28 Customs Street East, Auckland

A gathering to celebrate Air New Zealand’s connection between Auckland and Buenos Aires

LANZBC members, representatives from the travel industry, exporters of goods and services, and those interested in the wider South American market all enjoyed fine Argentinian malbec and great food at this event at the Generator on Tuesday 25th July. With good news to share, great networking was had between those present.

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Doing business in Argentina

16:30 — 17:45
CBL Insurance, Level 8, CBL House, 51 Shortland Street, Auckland

The LANZBC were delighted to offer another event focusing on Argentina on 25 July - a seminar from leading Buenos Aires law firm (and LANZBC member) Wiener Soto Caparros on that nation's struggle for transformation. Delivered by the firm's founders Laurence Wiener and Mariela Caparros, the seminar focused on the Macri government's programme of incremental change.

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Doing Business in Mexico - roadshow

08:15 — 11:00
Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton

With the objective of promoting business opportunities between Mexico and New Zealand and based on the earlier success of a seminar organised in Auckland in October 2016, the Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand set up a roadshow of business seminars around the country in coordination with the Mexican Trade Promotion Agency (ProMexico) and key partners including the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC), the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (WCC), Fieldays, Export New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Latin America New Zealand Business Council (LANZBC).

The seminars took place in Christchurch on March 21, Wellington on March 22 and Hamilton on March 23 and were attended by approximately 100 people (30 in Christchurch, 40 in Wellington and 30 in Hamilton), mainly business executives from across New Zealand, as well as public and private representatives from the Canterbury, Wellington and Waikato regions. This Mexican roadshow in New Zealand was warmly received by the business community.

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Why Medellín?

08:00 — 10:00
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street, Auckland

On November 1st The Agency of Cooperation and Investment of Medellín (ACI Medellín) and the Consulate of Colombia in Auckland, with the support of the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, organised a presentation about business opportunities in Medellín, Colombia.

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Doing Business in Mexico

08:00 — 10:30
The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland

On 6 October 2016 the Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand, in coordination with the ProMéxico Trade Commission in Australia and the Latin American New Zealand Business Council organized a seminar at the Northern Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Approximately 50 people attended, interested in learning about business opportunities in Mexico.

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Celebrating Rio 2016

11:30 — 13:30
Brazilian Embassy, Level 13, Maritime Tower, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

On August 22nd the LANZBC, in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil and Beso Wines, celebrated, in real-time, the closing of Rio de Janeiro's "iconic" Olympic Games. As scenes of the closing ceremony played in the background, LANZBC members and friends of the Council and the Embassy remembered the highlights and successes of these historic Games, the first time ever in South America.

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Breakfast with Heads of Mission

07:30
Kensington Swan, 18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland

To cap off a rich period of outreach to members, the Council organised a breakfast event on 27 May with New Zealand's ambassadors to Latin America. Hosted in style by Kensington Swan in their Auckland premises, the event attracted almost 50 current, past and potential members, all of whom were treated to relevant and concise market information from the three speakers present.

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The New Argentina

17:00
Education New Zealand, Level 5, Lambton House, 160 Lambton Quay, Wellington

On Tuesday 24 May Education New Zealand's boardroom in Wellington filled to overflowing to hear Gustavo Richardson, the head of the New Zealand bilateral chapter for the Argentine Chamber of Commerce for Asia and the Pacific, talk about the new promise and direction of his country under its new President.

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Hon. Paula Bennett address: Growing our linkages with Latin America

11:30
Victoria University, Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

The first of three great May events for the Council took place on Thursday May 19th, when New Zealand's fifth-ranked minister the Hon. Paula Bennett addressed three dozen members or friends at Victoria University of Wellington's Auckland offices.

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LANZBC & ExportNZ - Latin American market forum

08:00 — 10:00
Tauranga

The third and final session of the LANZBC/ExportNZ roadshow saw breakfast served in the offices of ExportNZ Bay of Plenty on 11 March. LANZBC President Matthew O'Meagher was joined by Consul-General of Colombia Juan Carlos Cadena and Felipe Aguilera of Oasis Engineering in delivering an informative session to the Tauranga-based organisations in attendance.

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LANZBC & ExportNZ - Spotlight on Latin America

17:30 — 19:00
Auckland

A 'Spotlight on Latin America' after-5 function in Auckland marked the second leg of the LANZBC/ExportNZ roadshow on 10 March.

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LANZBC & ExportNZ - Latin American market forum

07:00 — 09:30
Hamilton

The LANZBC / ExportNZ mini-roadshow got off to a great start with a breakfast session in the City Co-op Function Room of SkyCity in Hamilton on 10 March. After croissants and coffee, over 30 attendees from 26 organisations sat down for an informative, and entertaining seminar on the various intracacies of the Latin American market.

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Brazilian State Governor of Goiás visit to New Zealand

17:00 — 19:00
Brazilian Embassy, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

On February 17, the Ambassador of Brazil, HE Eduardo Gradilone, hosted a presentation at the Brazilian Embassy given by the Governor of Goiás, Marconi Perillo, during his first visit to New Zealand. The presentation was co-hosted with LANZBC and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.


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Air New Zealand's inaugural flight to Buenos Aires

All Day
Buenos Aires, Argentina

On 1 December, 2015 Air New Zealand had it's inaugural flight to Argentina, which involved a week packed with events in Buenos Aires. LANZBC President Matthew O'Meagher and it's Vice-President, Leandro Cavalcanti were part of the delegation that celebrated this historic moment. During the occasion, Air New Zealand signed an MoU to promote tourism and trade activities with Argentina's National Institute of Tourism Promotion as well -- and our platinum sponsor LAN continues to offer its own vitally important flights between Auckland and Santiago too -- there is no doubt New Zealand-Latin American business connections are ready for their own take-off!

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Understanding the Importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

17:00 — 19:00
NZTE, 6th floor, 139 Quay Street, Auckland

As a close observer of the TPP negotiations and former trade official, Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of the NZ International Business Forum, discussed the evolution of this agreement and its evolving prospects. Stephen commented on aspects of the TPP that have not dominated debates but which are of great interest to our Council: the new FTAs it creates with Mexico and Peru, and the way it inserts these countries, our country, and Chile into pioneering new trade arrangements linking Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

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Common Grounds: New Zealand and America Latina symposium

All Day
Victoria University’s Law Faculty, Wellington

Practising lawyers and academics from New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina shared their deep knowledge of commercial law and human rights. Organised and hosted by Victoria University’s Law Faculty, the symposium included an LANZBC-sponsored afternoon session on ‘Doing Business with Brazil’. The session began with papers on domestic and international arbitration and choice of law clauses in Brazilian contracts from visiting experts Adriana Braghetta and Paolo Nalin, who highlighted the strength of Brazilian institutions.

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Lessons and Forecasts from New Zealand Agri-tech Exporters

17:00 — 19:00
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), 605 Ruakura Rd, Newstead, Hamilton

The LANZBC, with support from New Zealand Trade & Enterprises organised a networking event for members and non-members in Hamilton. Some outstanding networking took place, as 16 companies and 25 guests attended a seminar on 'Lessons and Forecasts from New Zealand Agri-tech Exporters'. The evening featured a panel of speakers from leading Waikato-based organisations Gallagher, Shoof International and LIC.

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Second Latin American Professionals Networking Event

17:00 — 20:00
St Andrews Conference Centre, The Terrace, Wellington

LANZBC was the proud sponsor of the 2nd annual Latin American Network Businesses and Professionals event held on 26 September.

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Hon. Steven Joyce: Growing linkages with LatAm in trade, education & innovation

12:00 — 13:00
Victoria University, Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland

Minister Stephen Joyce, whose portfolios include Economic Development, Science and Innovation, and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, spoke at an event in Victoria University’s new Auckland offices hosted by LANZBC and the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA).

The Minister spoke to a lunchtime audience of 40 businesses and educational institutions about the opportunities for New Zealand trade he saw during his April mission to Chile, Colombia and Brazil.

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