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LANZBC Newsletter October 2019
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FROM THE PRESIDENT ...
The LANZBC Board have been shocked and saddened by the reports and images of the Chilean protests. Our thoughts are with the people of Chile and the families of those who have died during this period of unrest. We hope agreement can be reached swiftly in order for the country and its economy to stabilise once more. 

We're also sad to be losing our Executive Officer, Heather Kawan, after 5 years. Many of you will have met Heather at our various events over the years and will recognise the impact she has made on the Council in her time with us.  

Finally, we're getting very close to the announcement of an exciting new initiative between the Council and the Latin America CAPE. Watch this space!


Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for particular topics of focus you'd like to see the Council cover at our events, we'd be very happy to receive your feedback. 

All the best,  
Simon
Special thanks to our LANZBC Platinum Sponsors
FAREWELL TO EXECUTIVE OFFICER 
Heather Kawan the Executive Officer of the Council will shortly be moving on having completed 5 years of dedicated support for the Council. Heather has made a huge difference in her time with us. Her extensive governance skills have meant that your Board operates smoothly and efficiently. She has also managed the member correspondence and website as well as made sure that events, no matter how large or small, have been valuable and enjoyable for all. It is hard to understand how she has fitted so much in to the part-time hours that she has worked for the Council. The Board is hugely grateful to her and wish her well in her future undertakings.

Heather has kindly offered to continue to assist the Board while we finalise the process of appointing a new Executive Officer and complete a handover. We will let you know when an appointment  is made. 
LANZBC SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING, 14 NOVEMBER 2019
Earlier this week LANZBC members were sent details of a Special General Meeting to be held at 11am on 14 November, at the offices of Fonterra, 109 Fanshawe Street, Auckland. Please contact info@lanzbc.co.nz if you are a member and have not received the notice of meeting.  
LANZBC ENGAGEMENT WITH LATAM DIPLOMATS
The LANZBC Executive took time out of the office last week to connect with our newest GRULAC diplomats and some of our Latin America focused Members of Parliament. 

Meetings were held with the Incumbent Ambassador of Mexico Alfredo Perez Bravo, who had only been in the country for 4 days, and the Peruvian Ambassador Javier Prado. 
Both meetings reiterated the relationship between the Council and the Embassies and our commitment to working closely to promote trade and commerce between our countries. 

The Executive also met with the new Dean of GRULAC, Argentinean Ambassador Fausto Lopez Crozet, where discussions were held regarding upcoming Argentine trade delegations and the LANZBC's potential involvment.   
The majority of the LANZBC Board also met with members of the Latin America & Caribbean Parliamentary Friendship Group. The LANZBC and LACPFG had not met for several years, so time was spent sharing information on the Council's activities and priorities for members over the next 2-3 years. The Board and members of LACPFG discussed ways in which the groups could work together to further the promotion of trade and commerce with Latin America. The Board of the LANZBC expresses their thanks to Sarah Dowie (Chair), Andrew Fallon and Brett Hudson for taking the time to meet with us. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
CHILE PERCEPTION RESEARCH, 20 NOVEMBER, AUCKLAND   
The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence and New Zealand Story Group have commissioned another comprehensive country perception research study – this time the team went to Chile to help New Zealand businesses get ahead by understanding opportunities in the Chilean market.

LANZBC members and friends are invited to hear the findings and what opportunities there are for you in this gateway to Latin America. You might even be surprised to hear how similar Chile and New Zealand are and how much we understand each other’s challenges!
Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019
Time: 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Location: NZTE Office, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, Auckland
Cost: Attendance is free. Please register by 13 November
REGISTER HERE
Chile Market Perception Research can be downloaded HERE
WAIKATO SOCIAL EVENING, 14 NOVEMBER 
LANZBC members and friends are invited to join Simon O'Connor, President of the LANZBC, for a social end of year get together in the Waikato on Thursday 12 December. 

Come along and catch up with fellow LANZBC members, or, if you're not a member, learn about what the Council does and how it can benefit your organisation. 

Attendance is free, light snacks will be offered and a cash bar will be available. Registration is appreciated so we can cater accordingly.  
Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm 
Location: The Library, The Bank Bar & Brasserie, Victoria Street, Hamilton 
Cost: Free. Please register so we can cater accordingly. 
REGISTER HERE
NEW ZEALAND / LATIN AMERICA DEVELOPMENTS
PRIME MINISTER'S SCHOLARSHIPS TO LATIN AMERICA AWARDED 
The LANZBC congratulates those students and graduates recently awarded a Prime Minister's Scholarship to Latin America. 89 PMSLA scholarships were awarded in total, with 44 students expected to travel on an individual scholarship, and a further 45 students travelling as part of a group. 

One of the recipients is the Lincoln Young Farmers Club Vice-Chair Phoebe Topp, who will be one of a group of 15 Lincoln students heading to Brazil in November. The group will attend lectures at several universities and visit different agri-businesses. 
Gisborne man Api Taiapa will travel to Mexico where he will attend Tecnológico de Monterrey and do a business programme in January 2020. As part of the scholarship he will also go to Queretaro, León and Monterrey. The scholarship covers some of the costs of international flights, accommodation and course fees for the four-week duration. 
LATIN AMERICA NEWS
CHILE PROTESTS: WHAT PROMPTED THE UNREST? 
Chile has been gripped by a nationwide movement against high living costs and inequality. President Sebastian Pinera has declared a state of emergency on Saturday, with curfews issued in some parts of the country.

It is the worst violence the country has witnessed since the end of the 17-year-long military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. So far, at least 18 civilians have been killed, according to officials.

As protests continue, this article from Al Jazeera examines the underlying reasons behind the protests in what is considered one of South America's most stable countries. READ MORE
EVO MORALES ALLEGES COUP ATTEMPT AS BOLIVIA OPPOSITION CLAIMS 'GIANT FRAUD'  
Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has accused opposition leaders and foreign powers of attempting a “coup” against him amid growing tensions over the result of Sunday’s desperately tight election.

In an angry televised speech on Wednesday, Morales said: “A coup d’etat is under way. The right wing prepared the coup with international support.” READ MORE Source: The Guardian
HOW TO REPAIR VENEZUELA'S SHATTERED ECONOMY 
Venezuela was once the envy of Latin America, an oil-rich country whose people enjoyed both democracy and prosperity. But in recent years, it has become the region’s basket case, with a repressive government, soaring hyperinflation, a 60 percent drop in GDP, and deadly shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials.

In this podcast from And Now the Hard Part, Brookings scholar Dany Bahar traces the roots of the problem and talks about how to fix it. LISTEN HERE
THE AIRPORT ECONOMIST: ARGENTINA
In this edition of the Airport Economist, Tim Harcourt explores how to do business in Argentina with as much 'flair' as an Argentine Tango. 
ARTS AND CULTURE 
LATIN AMERICAN MARKET RAISING MONEY FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN LATIN AMERICA
Head along to the NPH Latin American Market on Sunday 3 November and experience a celebration of Latin American food, dance and culture! This popular market brings the best of Latin America to Auckland's doorstep for the afternoon - delicious food, vibrant crafts, dance, music and entertainment.

A fun activity for friends and families, while supporting a worthy cause - all profits to go to LANZBC member NPH, an organisation that helps vulnerable children and families in Latin America.

$5 donation entry adults, Kids free. Eftpos available, but please bring some cash to avoid queues.

Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland 
When: Sunday 3 November 2019, 3pm - 7pm. 
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