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LANZBC Newsletter August 2019
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FROM THE PRESIDENT ...
Thank you to all who joined us for our  headline event of 2019 earlier this month. The luncheon with the Honorable David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth was a great success with extremely positive feedback from those who attended.

This month, we're supporting NZTE, NZ Story and the Latin America CAPE at a series of seminars on Mexico and Peru.  These will be extremely beneficial for anyone thinking about or actively targeting Mexico or Peru and I encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place. We look forward to connecting with members and other interested organisations at these events in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch. Full details are available below. 


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
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mexico and Peru are emerging markets, full of opportunities for New Zealand businesses. But just like any market, they’re not without their challenges.
 
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is running a series of seminars throughout New Zealand where market experts and seasoned exporters will share their tips, insights and knowledge to ensure you make the most of what these exciting markets can offer. 
 
If your company is thinking about or actively targeting Mexico or Peru, come along to learn about the opportunities for your business emerging from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). 

 

Why should you attend? 

  • Gain an understanding of the business environment in Mexico and Peru. 
  • Learn about Mexico’s perception of New Zealand. 
  • Understand the benefits and opportunities the CPTPP agreement offers New Zealand businesses. 
  • Hear an overview of the main sectors of opportunity in Mexico and Peru. 
  • Listen to export customer stories and advice. 
  • Have an opportunity to network with other companies interested in and/or doing business in these markets and ask questions of expert panellists. 
  • Learn about NZTE’s four-phase Mexico and Peru Business Immersion Programme.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE
THE INSIDE GUIDE: EXPLORING KIWI SUCCESS IN BRAZIL  
Lovers of Brazil and film are in for a treat next month, as the Latin America CAPE brings to the public a stunning new documentary on New Zealanders in Brazil.

Entitled The Inside Guide: Exploring Kiwi Success in Brazil, the documentary has been made by the award-winning Brazilian producer and director David Schurmann, who learnt his filmmaking craft here. Funded by the Latin America CAPE, it tracks the journeys of six New Zealanders who have created business and academic success there.

Mr Schurmann will launch this documentary while in New Zealand for this year's Latin America and Spain Film Festival. LANZBC members and friends are invited to attend the launches in Wellington (4 September) and Auckland (5 September). 
AUCKLAND 5 September
Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
167 Broadway, Newmarket

5.20pm: Reception
6.20pm: Screening followed by Q&A with director David Schumann and CEO of Santo Grão Coffee, Marco Kerkmeester
7.30pm: Wrap up
 
 
WELLINGTON, 4 September
Cinema de Luxe, Embassy Theatre
10 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria

5.20pm: Reception
6.20pm: Screening followed by a Q&A with director David Schurmann
and CEO of Santo Grão Coffee, Marco Kerkmeester
7.30pm: Wrap Up

 
COUNCIL NEWS
LANZBC WELCOMES JACOBI CONSULTING AS NEW MEMBER
Jacobi Consulting is a consultancy specialising in providing advice to corporate and government clients in the fields of international trade, government relations and economic development. 

Managing Director Stephen Jacobi is a former policy analyst, diplomat, and industry association CEO.  He is a frequent media commentator on trade issues. 

Principal clients are the NZ International Business Forum and NZ China Council.  Stephen was instrumental in organising the Southern Link #ConexionSur conference in June 2019.
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EVENT REPORTS
MINISTER PARKER: 'NEW ZEALAND'S FUTURE LIES IN A MOSAIC OF RELATIONSHIPS'
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council was pleased to host our flagship event for 2019, a lunch with Minister of Trade and Economic Growth, Hon David Parker, and a wide range of members and friends at PWC in Auckland with its outlook over the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.
The Minister opened by commenting on the strength of relationship between New Zealand and Latin America, based on wide ranging people-to-people links, trade and business interests, shared cultural similarities, institutions and indigenous links, tourism, education and sport.  These shared interests created a natural affinity and familiarity between us. READ MORE
UNIVERSITIES NEW ZEALAND SHOWCASE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO LATAM MARKET DEVELOPMENT
LANZBC Vice President Shane Ball moderated a lively panel discussion in front of a full house at the recent New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) in Auckland, showcasing the university sector’s multi-agency approach to market development in Latin America.

Whereas NZ universities have been recruiting students in traditional markets such as South East Asia and China for upwards of 20 years, Latin America has only recently come into focus for the sector.  Marcelo Credidio, International Manager at the University of Auckland’s Business School, pointed out that the universities quickly realized the need to work together in opening the market. READ MORE
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
LIC WINS 'CO-OPERATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR' AWARD 
LIC, the co-operative which supplies genetics and world-leading agritech solutions to farmers across New Zealand and around the world, was praised for making a significant and positive impact within the co-operative community and returning benefits to its 10,300 Kiwi shareholders.

Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland said LIC exemplifies co-operative values and highlights the strengths of the enduring business model.

“LIC tells, arguably, the biggest success story amongst New Zealand’s co-operatives in the last 18 months.  It is a stand-out example of a modern, progressive co-op, which has to operate at the leading edge of its field in dairy genetics and agritech to keep its farmer shareholders ahead of the game. READ MORE
NEW ZEALAND / LATIN AMERICA DEVELOPMENTS
AMBASSADOR TE PUNI PRESENTS DIPLOMATIC CREDENTIALS
Ambassador Linda Te Puni presented her diplomatic credentials to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on 15 August and officially began her tenure as the New Zealand Ambassador to Chile. Ambassador Te Puni presented her credentials together with the new Ambassadors from Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica and Indonesia.
LATIN AMERICA NEWS
COLOMBIA EX-FARC REBEL IVÁN MÁRQUEZ ISSUES CALL TO ARMS 
A former commander in the Farc rebel group in Colombia, Iván Márquez, has called on his followers to take up arms less than three years after the rebels signed a peace agreement with the government.

Iván Márquez appeared in a video and announced that a "new phase of the armed struggle" was beginning. He was one of the main negotiators of the peace deal in 2016.

The Colombian government said it was "a very worrying announcement". READ MORE Source: BBC.com
BANANA INDUSTRY ON HIGH ALERT AFTER FUNGUS ARRIVES IN COLOMBIA 
A disease that ravages banana crops has made its long-dreaded arrival in Latin America, the biggest exporter of the crop. That’s reigniting worries about the global market’s dependence on a single type of banana, the Cavendish, which is known for its durability in shipping.

For years, scientists have said big banana companies like Chiquita and Dole would eventually need to find new banana varieties as the disease spread in countries in Asia and elsewhere. Then this month, the fungus was confirmed in Colombia, one of the top exporters in Latin America, prompting officials in the country to declare a state of emergency. READ MORE Source: The Colombia
ARGENTINA MINISTER DEFENDS PESO AMID DEFAULT RISK
Argentina will use its dollar reserves to shore up declines in its currency, Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza (pictured, right) has said, as markets brace for a default.

Debt ratings agency Fitch said the peso's recent depreciation "suggests a real risk of default". READ MORE Source: BBC.com
NEW PRESIDENT IN EL SALVADOR BOOSTS BUSINESS CLIMATE
The election earlier this year of Nayib Bukele as new President of El Salvador was a historic moment for El Salvador, as in the last 30 years the country had only been governed by its largest political parties, Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) and Farabundo Front Marti for National Liberation (FMLN). Bukele’s victory as the ‘candidate of change’ went against all speculative outcomes.

But what kind of change does this new arrival bring to the country’s commercial environment? In this article Biz Latin Hub explores President Bukele’s intentions for business over his 5-year term. READ MORE
THE AIRPORT ECONOMIST: MEXICO 
Airport Economist: Mexico
In this edition of the Airport Economist, Tim Harcourt explores Mexico, an ancient Aztec nation with a large modern economy straddling North America, Latin America and the Pacific.
THE AMAZON FIRES: HOW BAD IS IT? 
Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade. The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected. So what's actually happening and how bad are the fires? READ MORE Source: BBC.com
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