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Recap: NZBRiC meetings with Stephen Jacobi

NZBRiC was delighted to meet with Stephen Jacobi during his Shanghai visit to speak at the Shanghai Forum. Stephen is the Executive Director of several organisations including the New Zealand International Business Forum, APEC Business Advisory Council (New Zealand), and Jacobi Consulting Ltd. Among his previous roles was Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council between 2016-2019. Stephen engages regularly with New Zealand Ministers and politicians and is a well-known influential New Zealand commentator on trade issues.

On his first visit to China since borders reopened, NZBRiC Executive Director Anna-May Isbey and NZBRiC Executive Member and Trade Strategy Manager Asia, at Fonterra, James Robertson, spent an afternoon with Stephen visiting the Shanghai Fonterra Application Centre (FAC). The Shanghai FAC is a well-equipped space for Fonterra's customers to learn about the different ways they can use Fonterra dairy and develop new recipes for Chinese tastes with Fonterra's expert Chefs. It is great to see this facility catering to the unique needs of the Chinese market through localization and innovation. This is one of five Application Centres around China.

On October 30th, NZBRiC Industry Members met with Stephen Jacobi at the New Zealand Consulate in Shanghai for a Breakfast Business Roundtable Discussion. During the session, Industry Members shared insights into their sectors, and observations of New Zealand businesses operating in China. NZBRiC would like to thank the Industry Members who attended; Ivan Kinsella, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Zespri, Teh-Han Chow, Greater China CEO at Fonterra, and David Boyle, CEO at PCNZ. We would also like to thank New Zealand Consul-General Ardi Barnard, New Zealand Deputy Consul-General Wilson Chau and Trade Commissioner to Shanghai Richard Dunsheath for this opportunity and their warm hospitality as well as Stephen Jacobi for his willingness to engage.

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