Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Concept Centre to help NZ businesses into Shanghai

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Trade

26 May 2008
Media statement

Concept Centre to help New Zealand businesses entry into Shanghai

New Zealand businesses looking to China will have a new entry point in the market with the opening of a New Zealand Concept Centre in Shanghai in October this year, Trade Minister Phil Goff said today.

““New Zealand is expanding its footprint in Asia in order to increase the volume and value of trade with China. The Concept Centre is an essential part of this strategy and provides a physical presence for New Zealand in Shanghai in the lead up to the Shanghai Expo in 2010,” Phil Goff said.

“The centre will help companies build connections and create a long-term presence in China via Shanghai, which is the heart of commercial growth in the world’s largest market.

“By enabling Kiwi exporters to get in on the ground and increase visibility, it will help New Zealand businesses maximise the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement with China.

“Companies looking at moving into or expanding in the China market will have a function and event space, a demonstration kitchen, meeting rooms and hot desks available for use in the centre.

“They will have the opportunity to demonstrate the best of New Zealand capability in a highly branded and professional New Zealand environment. This opens the door for business, trade and investment opportunities which can be leveraged and supported on an on-going basis through the Concept Centre.

“In a complex and rapidly evolving market such as China the key is to get a good first-hand understanding. It is also critical for New Zealand companies to take a collaborative approach to make an impact.

“The Concept Centre will be invaluable for New Zealand companies both looking to explore the market and build connections,” Phil Goff said.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s (NZTE) expansion plans for China include the opening of up to five more offices across the country in the next four years, the development of the Beachheads network programme in China and participation in trade show Food and Hotel China.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election