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LANZBC Newsletter December 2017
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As 2017 draws to a close we'd like to thank our members - new and old - for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all at our events in 2018. We'd particularly like to thank CBL Insurance, Fonterra, LATAM Airlines and Language Links for their valued support as our Platinum members.

This month's newsletter reflects on our activities and accomplishments throughout 2017. Your Board looks forward to working with you all in 2018 to make it our best year yet - you'll see we've already got the first of our networking events under way for early 2018! 

In the meantime, enjoy the break: soak up some sunshine, crank up the barbie, dust off the beach towels and fishing rods and have a wonderful Christmas. 

See you in 2018! 
COUNCIL NEWS

LANZBC welcomes new member

Please welcome Lifestream International as a new member of the LANZBC. 
Lifestream International Ltd is a 100 percent New Zealand-owned company that specialises in bioavailable, ethical, plant-based health foods and dietary supplements. Lifestream’s plant-based real food supplements unlock the power of nature so can be easily absorbed the natural nutrients, unlike other products whose nutrients are chemically manufactured and then formed into a supplement.

LANZBC signs MoA with MACC

The LANZBC have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Mercosur-Asean Chamber of Commerce (MACC). The agreement, signed on 22 November, signifies a partnership between the two organisations to promote, strengthen and expand trade, economic, scientific, technological cooperation and other business relations between organisations and firms represented by both parties. The full MoA can be downloaded here
 
Global Vice-President of the MACC, Mr Alfredo Amigorena, will be in Auckland from 2 - 15 January 2018, and would be happy to meet with any organisations thinking of expanding into Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay or Bolivia. Should you wish to make an appointment with Mr Amigorena, please email him: aamigorena@mercosurasean.com.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE: New Year social get-together in Canterbury
For members and anyone interested in, or involved with business in Latin America, LANZBC Director James Dixon invites you to get together for an informal start-of-the-year networking chat in Canterbury. 
 
We look forward to an informal, good quality discussion with like-minded people about business opportunities and activities in Latin America.
Ideally let James know if you intend to come by emailing james@farmtofarm.co.nz or just turn up. We’ll ensure some people active in Latin American markets will be present so spread the word to anyone who may get value from such a get-together. See you there!

Where: The Laboratory, 17 West Belt, Lincoln (Map)
When: Friday 26 Jan 2018 at 6:00pm.
Cost: Free (beverages and food can be purchased at the pub)

SAVE THE DATE: Latin America Golf Travel Expo: 8 March

Showcasing golf, wine and food experiences in Latin America, the Latin America Golf Travel Expo will explore the traditional relationship between golf and business opportunities, as well as exploring the region as a destination for wine and food experiences. More details to follow! 

When: Thursday 8 March 2018, 6pm 
Where: Remuera Golf Course, Auckland 
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.
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Sharing our members' stories and success

LATAM Airlines named the best airline in South America

LATAM Airlines Group was named the ‘Best Airline to South America’ in the 14th annual Global Traveler GT Tested Reader Survey Awards, which were announced on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at The Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 
 
This follows LATAM’s recent recognition as ‘South America’s Leading Airline’ in the World Travel Awards 2017, which were announced on Monday 11 December, 2017. 

Also making a first-time appearance on the list of winners was Jorge Chávez International Airport, Peru’s largest and the 2017 Best Airport in South America.
RETROSPECTIVE 2017
LANZBC's main events and activities

LANZBC's 20th Anniversary
LANZBC members and friends enjoyed a fabulous night at the Seafarers Club in Auckland on Thursday 26th October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the LANZBC.

A capacity crowd enjoyed the delicious offerings from the renowned Ostro Restaurant and Seafarers bar, while enjoying the views of the Waitemata Harbour and participating in some enthusiastic networking.

A gallery of images taken on the night is available on our website here.
Photographer: Argel Bartolome

Celebrando Buenos Aires!
In a celebration of the success of Air New Zealand's direct route to Buenos Aires, representatives from the travel industry, exporters of goods and services, and those interested in the wider South American market all enjoyed fine Argentinean Malbec and great food at our event at the Generator on 25 July. 

Stephen Jones of Air New Zealand shared the challenges and success of developing and maintaining this vital route to Latin America and René de Monchy talked about Tourism New Zealand's dedicated investment into South America as a key emerging market for New Zealand and the increasing value of tourism-related visitors from the region.

Mike Petersen: Economic and commercial realities of Latin America
Mike Petersen, New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy visited Latin America with a trade mission earlier this year. In August he spoke informally at the Innovation Precinct in central Christchurch, about the economic and commercial realities of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Attendees covered a broad range of commercial entities including primary sector exporters, academic and educational institutions, and representatives from various branches of Government.

Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement Submission
The LANZBC submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) its recommendations on which tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade our members would like New Zealand's negotiators to prioritise in its negotiations with Pacific Alliance members. The Board would like to thank those LANZBC members that assisted with this process for their input. 

A copy of the LANZBC submission is available to download here. MFAT will publish all submissions on its website in due course.

Argentina: A struggle for transformational change
Immediately before our Celebrando event participants had the added opportunity to attend a seminar from leading Buenos Aires law firm (and LANZBC member) Wiener Soto Caparros on Argentina's struggle for transformation. Delivered by the firm's founders Laurence Wiener and Mariela Caparros, the seminar focused on the Macri government's programme of incremental change.

As Lawrence noted, as a result, opportunities are presenting themselves for overseas investors in specific sectors of the economy - provided they set up their partnerships carefully.

 
Doing Business in Mexico roadshow
With the objective of promoting business opportunities between Mexico and New Zealand, the Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand set up a roadshow of business seminars around the country in coordination with the Mexican Trade Promotion Agency (ProMexico) and key partners including the Latin America New Zealand Business Council. 

The seminars took place in Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton on 21-23 March and were attended by approximately 100 people, mainly business executives from across New Zealand, as well as public and private representatives from the Canterbury, Wellington and Waikato regions.

Market insight by returning NZ Ambassador to Mexico, Central America and Cuba
Council members were treated to a  wonderfully rich, frank and personal presentation on Mexico and Central America from MFAT's Clare Kelly, on 5 May in Auckland. Clare had recently completed her term as New Zealand's Ambassador to Mexico and its neighbours. Clare focused her remarks on 3 topics: a review of the current Mexican political scene, and New Zealand's relations with it; New Zealand's ties to Central America; and recent developments in Cuba and Venezuela.

Insights from trading with Asia
The Council's AGM this year was enhanced by a very lively post-meeting talk on 'Trading in Culturally Unfamiliar Markets' from Professor Siah Hwee Ang, BNZ Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Ang has been helping businesses, the media and government departments for several years now with how to succeed in Asia, and was happy to share some key do's and don't's that could also apply to trading with Latin America. 

Doing Business in Mexico roadshow
With the objective of promoting business opportunities between Mexico and New Zealand, the Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand set up a roadshow of business seminars around the country in coordination with the Mexican Trade Promotion Agency (ProMexico) and key partners including the Latin America New Zealand Business Council. 

The seminars took place in Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton on 21-23 March and were attended by approximately 100 people, mainly business executives from across New Zealand, as well as public and private representatives from the Canterbury, Wellington and Waikato regions.

Latin American CAPE approved
The Council was delighted when Victoria University and its consortium partners the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato and the University of Otago were awarded the first Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence for Latin America on 9 March. 

The purpose of the Latin American CAPE is to prepare New Zealanders to trade successfully with Latin America and as such, the majority of its activities will focus on practical courses for businesses - especially small and medium-sized firms - and on linguistic and cultural preparation for our nation's youth. 

The LANZBC, identified as a primary partner in co-delivering some of the Latin American CAPE programmes, will be working with the Latin American CAPE to deliver on these objectives in 2018 and beyond. 

 

LANZBC supports New Zealand government delegation to Minas Gerais, Brazil
A New Zealand government delegation visited Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 10-11 July. The main purpose of the trip was to engage with key contacts in the education, agribusiness, industry & innovation and cultural sectors as well as expand New Zealand’s networks with key people and businesses located in the state.

Belo Horizonte's (Beautiful Horizon) metropolitan area has a population of 5.2 million people; and as once stated by the New York Times (2007), "it has managed to become the country’s third-largest metropolitan area while remaining almost completely unknown to the outside world". 

New Zealand government visits one of Brazil's largest dairy production regions: 
The LANZBC, in co-operation with the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) and the New Zealand Embassy, organised a meeting agenda for a New Zealand delegation in the student city of Viçosa, Minas Gerais. This was part of a wider mission to the region with the objective of developing relationships with key research and education institutions in one of Brazil's largest dairy production regions. During the visit they met with representatives of the Departments of Rural Economy, Animal Science, Architecture, Phytotechnology, and the International Relations Department (DRI), as well as UFV's Rectory.
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