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LANZBC Newsletter Jan/Feb 2018
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EDITORIAL
Happy New Year! We hope 2018 has started for all of you with great enthusiasm for a productive and lucrative year ahead.


2018 promises to be one of great focus for the Latin America region, with the CPTPP scheduled for signature in March - opening up Free Trade Agreements for New Zealand with Mexico and Peru - the opening of New Zealand's embassy in Bogota, and New Zealand's ongoing negotiations for associate membership of the Pacific Alliance. 

It's also gearing up to be a busy year for the LANZBC, with a number of events planned already for the first quarter of 2018 (see below for details). We welcome all those who are interested in business activities in Latin America to attend our events and look forward to catching up with our members throughout the year. 

Members can expect a couple of communications this month, with membership subscription invoices and the 2018 LANZBC Membership survey to be sent via email later this month. 

Finally, the LANZBC extends its sympathies to those affected by the earthquake which struck Peru on 14 January.


Enjoy the read and don't forget to get in touch if you'd like us to promote one of your events or have some news you'd like to share with our LANZBC community.

COUNCIL NEWS
Membership survey
LANZBC members will shortly be receiving (via email) a link to the 2018 LANZBC membership survey. The Board of LANZBC want to ensure you are getting the best possible value from your membership of the Council, and would therefore appreciate it if you could take the time to answer the short survey in order to help direct our strategies for the future.

We value your time, so all completed surveys received by 28 February will go into the draw for a bottle of fine Argentinian Malbec wine.
2018 Membership subscriptions
Members are advised that 2018 membership renewal invoices will be arriving via email within the next week, and we are pleased to confirm that membership subscriptions will remain static for 2018.

We thank all of our members for their continued support in 2018. 
Welcome to new Consul General for Colombia 
The Board of the LANZBC extends its warmest welcome to HE Mr Lennin Gell Hernandez Alarcon, the new Consul-General for Colombia, who arrived in Auckland in January. The Council looks forward to working with Mr Hernandez in promoting activity between New Zealand and Colombia, which - with New Zealand's embassy opening in Bogota and its accession to Pacific Alliance Associate membership - is sure to be a region at the forefront of our exporter's minds. 
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE: South America Beachhead Advisor Jorge Forteza & NZTE's Regional Director Nick Swallow
The LANZBC are delighted to announce that South America Beachhead Advisor Jorge Forteza and NZTE's Regional Director for South America Nick Swallow will be in New Zealand in March, with the LANZBC hosting two events - in Hamilton and in Auckland, on 13 and 15 March respectively. 

Details are still being finalised, but please save the date(s) for what are sure to be a couple of very informative events. 
NZTE South America Beachhead Advisor Jorge Forteza (L) and NZTE's Regional Director for South America Nick Swallow (R).
SAVE THE DATE: 25 March, Christchurch
Following the success of the informal get-together on 26 January (see report below), LANZBC Director James Dixon invites all members and friends of the LANZBC interested in, or involved in business in Latin America, to meet once more at The Laboratory, for an evening focussed on business opportunities and activities in Latin America. A guest speaker will be confirmed at a later date. 
Where: The Laboratory, 17 West Belt, Lincoln (Map)
When: Friday 25 March 2018 at 6:00pm.
Guest speaker: TBC 
Field Days Sudamerica - 14-15 March, Osorno, Chile
Fieldays South America is the first agricultural fair 100% dedicated to New Zealand and based in Latin America and aimed at Latin Americans interested in connecting with New Zealand businesses and solutions.

New Zealand businesses will be able to connect with local companies interested in dairy, livestock and pasture production solutions. They can also visit local fields that produce with New Zealand technology and production methods.

The event takes place on March 14-15 in Osorno, Chile. Admission is 100% free and only requires online registration via this link: http://www.nzosorno.cl/2018/
If you are a member running an event that relates to business between New Zealand and Latin America, please be sure to email us at info@lanzbc.co.nz - we can promote your event using our social media outlets, as well as this newsletter.
RECENT EVENTS
Social evening in Lincoln kick-starts the 2018 event calendar
To kick off LANZBC’s activities in Canterbury in 2018, an informal networking get-together was held at The Laboratory, Lincoln on the evening of Friday 26 January. Due to the location, agribusiness predominated amongst the attendees, but heavy engineering, law, education and academia were also well-represented by the 18 people who chatted over a drink and pizza on a balmy Canterbury evening. Valuable connections were made, with enthusiasm for involvement in future LANZBC activities indicated by many present, which is great as we’re planning plenty in the coming year!
Left (L-R): Jorge Moreno, Marcelo Wibner (Fonterra NZ), Craig Musson (back to the camera, National Trade Academy), Marie Elena Duter (Uruguay Consul in New Zealand), John Arenas, James Dixon (Farm To Farm Tours). Right (L-R): Julian Becker (back to camera), International Manager Lincoln University, Ivan Lawrie, FAR; Todd Ritchie, Page Macrae; Matt Beck, Lincoln University; Jorge Moreno, Josja Ltd, Marvin Pangborn, Lincoln University; Marcelo Wibmer, Fonterra; Craig Musson (back to camera), National Trade Academy.
CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS
New Zealand - Latin American relations
(these articles are only available to LANZBC members)
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership 
Sir Peter Gluckman "Making Science Impactful" at the Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile.
Ambassador of Ecuador presents credentials
LATIN AMERICAN NEWS
(these articles are only available to LANZBC members)
Unveiling the true potential of the Latin American Market
Peru ranks third among countries with largest growth in exports
Latin America's space programs: an update

Global Business Forum on Latin America 2018 in Dubai to explore region's trade and investment opportunities

ARTS & CULTURE
Expat tales: a professional nomad in South America
Duncan Clarke from Kilbirnie, Wellington roams South America in his role as a tour guide.  In this interview he talks about the reasons that got him there, his insights, adventures and misadventures.  READ MORE (Source: stuff.co.nz)
FACTS & FIGURES
In this section we bring some facts and figures about Latin America that will give you an insight into the market, the culture or at least make you look smart if you drop it in a conversation when entertaining a client or at a business meeting.
  • Brazil has the 2nd highest number of airports in the world, after the U.S. Source: factslides.com
  • Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Source: factslides.com
  • Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world with 121 million people and 68 official languages. Source: factslides.com 
  • Argentina is subdivided into 23 provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires. Each have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Source: factslides.com 
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