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Hong Kong: Your bridge to China & Asia's Trade Fair Capital

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On Friday 18th February, ExportNZ Auckland hosted a breakfast with a focus on Hong Kong in conjunction with Westpac Institutional Bank and Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

The New Zealand-Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEP) came into force on 1 January 2011.

As the only two developed countries with free trade agreements with China, New Zealand and Hong Kong have both mitigated the worst effects of the global recession through our businesses' performance in that dynamic market.

Hong Kong is New Zealand's ninth largest export market, worth $850 million a year. In the first half of this year, Hong Kong's GDP increased by 7.2 percent, largely attributable to the return of domestic demand and strong exports to mainland China.

The strategic importance of the CEP's comprehensive framework is that it will help New Zealand companies in Hong Kong as well as support companies building business in China from a Hong Kong base.

Special thanks to the following speakers who contributed to a very successful and well attended session:

  • Bonnie Shek – NZ and Australia Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • John Bedkober – North Asia International Market Manager, NZ Trade & Enterprise
  • David Milburn – International Sales Manager, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Simon Coulter – Chief Marketing Officer, Comvita

These high powered panel type presentations and discussions, certainly encourage people to attend early in the morning and with almost 100 in attendance, it was certainly one of the most successful we have had.

The speakers have kindly agreed to make their presentations available to you. Please see below:

We look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast scheduled for April 2011. Watch this space.

For More Information

Catherine Mullane
Executive Officer
ExportNZ Auckland
Phone: 09 367 0970
Email: catherine@exportnewzealand.org.nz