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Recap: New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Chris Hipkins Lunch

On Thursday the 29th of June, New Zealand Business Roundtable in China (NZBRiC) in cooperation with the New Zealand Consulate-General in Shanghai hosted a lunch with New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Chris Hipkins and the NZBRiC business community. The lunch provided the opportunity for engagement between the New Zealand Prime Minister, the accompanying business delegation and NZBRiC members and friends.

The event was opened with a Karakia and a welcome was given by New Zealand Consul-General to Shanghai Ardi Barnard 鲍晓笛. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 150, sharing key messaging that New Zealand is open for business.

Following the Prime Minister's address, James Robertson, Trade Strategy Manager for Asia at Fonterra shared key insights from the NZBRiC Business Outlook Survey which surveyed 50 New Zealand businesses doing business with or in China. We look forward to sharing the full report with you in August.

NZBRiC Chair Mark Anderton led a panel discussion with NZBRiC members Claire Tan, China Head of Marketing at Silver Fern Farms Ltd, David Boyle, CEO at PCNZ, Michael Jiang, Executive Officer at Zespri International, Teh-han Chow, Greater China CEO at Fonterra and Zoe Li, Head of China at MitoQ Limited. The panellists brought their expertise to answer questions covering; post-covid recovery, supply chain management, localisation, risk management, domestic competition, Chinese consumers, regulation and e-commerce.

Thank you to NZBRiC members for attending and to our panel speakers. We would especially like thank the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for the incredible mahi put into the activities across Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, as well as acknowledge the Prime Minister's positive engagements which open up business opportunities for New Zealand businesses in China as well as growing confidence in the New Zealand China trade relationship.

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