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LANZBC Newsletter October 2018
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FROM THE PRESIDENT ...
As we rapidly approach the end of 2018 your Board are now considering what networking and industry events to focus on for 2019. If you’ve got a great idea for an event you’d like us to put together, please let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
 
Members of the LANZBC Board were happy to participate in the latest series of Doing Business in Mexico seminars held in Wellington and Christchurch last week. These sessions, which were coordinated by the Mexican Embassy and ProMexico, provided a great platform for open and frank discussion for those in attendance.
 
H.E. Jose Gerardo Traslosheros will be leaving New Zealand at the end of November to return to Mexico. The Council has enjoyed the support of Ambassador Traslosheros over the last 3.5 years and his focus on developing trade between our two countries. We wish Gerardo all the best for his return to Mexico and look forward to engaging with him from across the Pacific Ocean.
 
Please feel free to contact the Board via info@lanzbc.co.nz should you have any news, views or information you’d like to share.

All the best
Simon
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COUNCIL NEWS
LANZBC WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
IncaFé Organic Coffee is one of New Zealand’s most awarded coffee companies. It sources almost all of its gourmet coffee from Peru. IncaFé was New Zealand’s first organic certified and carboNZero certified roastery and the first to import its own Fairtrade beans.
 
IncaFé is specialised in large scale manufacturing of high-end retail and private label coffee and distribution of green coffee for the national market and export. READ MORE
Established in Cambridge in 1906, Lewis Lawyers is a progressive, modern law firm with offices in Cambridge and Hamilton serving the greater Waikato region and beyond. READ MORE
Manuka S.A. is a large scale modern Dairy company located in Chile, and is a leader in high quality sustainable dairy production. READ MORE
FAREWELL TO MEXICAN AMBASSADOR 
The Board of the LANZBC would like to wish H.E. Jose Gerardo Traslosheros an enjoyable last few weeks in New Zealand, before returning to Mexico.

Ambassador Traslosheros has been a strong and passionate advocate for his country and over the last  few years and has made an invaluable contribution towards growing the business and cultural relationships between New Zealand and Mexico. 
LANZBC LINKEDIN PAGE 
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LANZBC EXCLUSIVE LATAM AIRLINES DISCOUNT
Members are reminded that our exclusive LATAM Airline discounts are available to all fully paid members of the LANZBC.   

With discounts of between 13% and 29% available (depending on fare and class booked) we encourage all members to utilise this fantastic facility. For more information, contact info@lanzbc.co.nz
RECENT EVENTS
FREE-TRADE OPPORTUNITIES WITH MEXICO EVER CLOSER 
New Zealand and Mexico will soon be free-trade partners for the first time, with New Zealand having recently ratified the CPTPP. So the visit to Wellington and Christchurch last week of the Mexican Ambassador José Gerardo Traslosheros and the Trade Commissioner Rodolfo Esaú Garza de Vega, was very timely. READ MORE
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MEMBER NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
VACANCY: SOUTH AMERICA TRAVEL SPECIALIST 
As a progressive and growing wholesale travel provider who prides itself on travel bookings based on extensive knowledge, Viva Expeditions sell to both travel agents and direct to the public and are looking to take on another key member to their small but dynamic team. READ MORE
NEW ZEALAND / LATIN AMERICA DEVELOPMENTS
NEW ZEALAND RATIFIES CPTPP
New Zealand and Canada have ratified the CPTPP taking to five the number of countries that have formally ratified the Asia-Pacific trade deal. Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker handed a copy of the notification of ratification to New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Canada Daniel Mellsop on 25th October while in Ottawa. New Zealand is the official depository for the 11 nation agreement. READ MORE
Photo above: Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker with NZ peak negotiators David Walker and Vangelis Vitalis - and the CPTPP notification. In Ottawa.
LATIN AMERICA NEWS
FAR-RIGHT CANDIDATE WINS BRAZIL POLL 
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won a sweeping victory in Brazil's presidential election.
The former army captain won 55.2% of the vote against 44.8% for Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers' Party.
Mr Bolsonaro campaigned on a promise to eradicate corruption and to drive down Brazil's high crime levels. READ MORE
PARAGUAY, PERU AND CHILE STAR ECONOMIES OF 2019
By 2019, the highest growth in Latin America is projected for the economy of Paraguay, with 4.3%, followed by Peru (3.9%) and Chile (3.7%), according to a report by BBVA Research. READ MORE
FOUR INDUSTRIES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Central America is for the most part showing signs of emergence and improvement in the international market. Despite fears surrounding security, unrest and corruption, the region is making significant ground in cleaning up its reputation and is a progressively more attractive investment prospect for foreign businesses. READ MORE 
ARTS AND CULTURE
DAY OF THE DEAD PARADE HONOURS MEXICAN REFUGEES
Mexico City held its Day of the Dead parade and vigil on Sunday in memory of the Mexican refugees who lost their lives in transit across Mexico en route to the US. It is the third time a parade like this has been held in the city, with the first Day of the Dead parade  - inspired by the opening sequence of the James Bond film Spectre - held in 2016. MORE PHOTOS 
PANAMA & BELIZE MAKE LONELY PLANET TOP 10 COUNTRIES
Latin America has featured strongly in the latest Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019 awards. Panama and Belize are in the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2019, with Mexico City making the list of Top 10 Cities. For 'Best Regions' to visit, Northern Peru and Elqui Valley in Chile made the Top 10, while Argentina and Ecuador make the top 10 'Best Value' destinations. READ MORE
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