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EMA Chinese Business Centre opens

The EMA opened the doors of its new Chinese Business Centre at its Auckland campus yesterday.

The centre reflects the expansion of one of the fastest growing parts of the business community and will provide Chinese members with access to expertise on doing business in New Zealand.

The opening of the Centre coincided with the EMA hosting delegates from Auckland, Los Angeles and Guangzhou at a farewell lunch of the Tripartite Economic Alliance Summit.

Part of the EMA Partner Hub, the Chinese Business Centre is a co-working and knowledge-sharing space managed by a Mandarin-speaking EMA employee.

Chief executive Brett O’Riley says he is delighted the EMA is sharing spare space at its Grafton headquarters with the Chinese business community.

"We want to work together to make it easy for Chinese businesses to set up in New Zealand, understand the regulatory environment and get the advice they need on everything employment-related," he says.

To reflect the EMA’s ongoing relationship with the Chinese business community and ensure it is focused on what they need to know, the EMA has also formed a Chinese Advisory Board.

Advisory board members so far include:

John Hong - Chief Executive, One Belt One Road, NZ Council

Christina Yu - General Manager, Chinese NZ Herald

Sir Bob Harvey - former Waitakere Mayor and Waterfront Auckland Chairman

Lisa Li - Managing Director, China Travel Service

Frank Cui - Managing Director, SureCapital Group

Bryan Tang - Infrastructure Funding and Agreement Specialist, Auckland Council

Chinese businesses that have already signed up as members to the EMA were there to celebrate the opening, and others who sign up by June 30 will also be reflected as founding members on a plaque within the Chinese Business Centre.

Founding members so far include:

Sound Yueen & Co

Virginia International Education

Seastar Logistics Ltd

New Zealand Tea Culture Centre

KVB Global Markets Ltd

Welling International

Chinese NZ Herald

China Construction Bank

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