Since August business firms and other travellers have been inconvenienced by a huge landslip in the Manawatu Gorge near Palmerston North. ...
If you have used the Export Support Pathfinder which was last revised in 2009, please download the newly revised version which was put on th...
Friday, 26 June 2009
This is the number for the "apple access case" between Australia and New Zealand which will be aired at the WTO headquarters in Geneva beginning on Tuesday June 30,2009. New Zealand apples have been banned in Australia for 88 years because of the presence of the disease fireblight in New Zealand. Details of the dispute can be found at the WTO site at:
The mural “Le bienfait des loisirs”, painting by Gustave-Louis Jaulmes, Salle des Pas Perdus in the WTO Building in Geneva with its very peaceful and pastoral scene certainly belies the difficulties of this case from New Zealand's point of view.
Monday, 22 June 2009
"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas."
In February I posted a supposed quote from former US President George W. Bush along similar lines. Kep Enderbery was a former Australian cabinet minister, Attorney General and judge. Variations on this have obviously been attributed to many politicians.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Professor Albert A. Angehrn, INSEAD, France will run a full day seminar the 29th of October on "Change Management" using EIS simulation to better understand the dynamics behind change, collaboration and innovation.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Warren Buffett (1930 - )
Perhaps this is a bit like international trade...
Warren Buffett also said: People are habitually guided by the rear-view mirror and, for the most part, by the vistas immediately behind them. (from "Warren Buffett on the Stockmarket" 2001).
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
The Business Herald for Friday May 29, 2009 featured the new database "WolframAlpha" launched two weeks ago. The column by Anthony Doesburg says that 'this is a new way to interact with knowledge and information'. Users are encouraged to test drive this new search engine, so that is what I did.
I used the following questions related to international trade:
· What is the WTO?
· What is the Doha Round?
· How much butter is exported from NZ?
· What are NZ’s major exports?
· What is a letter of credit?
· What is the major export of the USA?
It only managed an answer for two of them – it told me that WTO stood for World Trade Organization – well maybe my question wasn’t phrased well (?) And it told me that NZ’s major exports were dairy, fish, machinery, meat, wood! Not sure what machinery this is!
For all the other questions it replied: ‘WA is not sure what to do with your input’. Maybe it will improve over time, but certainly at the present it is not very useful in spite of the examples given in Doesburg's article.
Has anyone had better results than this? Look at www.wolframalpha.com
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
- Survival is the new growth - Tim Chang
- Trust is the social media currency - Patrick McFie
XMediaLab is about helping digital media companies improve their creative ideas and therefore increasing the likelihood of receiving funding, and getting to market successfully. In other words commercialising ideas.
The Lab in Auckland was supported by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise as part of its work to help grow New Zealand industry and build its international competitiveness.
There are other labs to come this year - the Sydney Lab this month will focus on games. Check out the website for more information.