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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Directories don’t make you money!

Directories don’t make you money!

The New Zealand School of Export has linked to a number of Directories and these are listed on our web page: http://www.export.ac.nz/directories.html. Just last night I was looking at this page and wondering about the value of being listed in them. This morning I read this post by John Reed of Exportaid (UK) and thought it was worth sharing.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New Zealand companies linking with China

In yesterday's Dominion Post there was a snippet about a Marlborough company called Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation which has teamed up with Chinese company Greenleaf Environmental of Sichuan.   The two companies are investgating sites in China for the Blenheim (New Zealand) based company's fuel-from-algae technology.  Aquaflow think they are the first environmentally focused company to move into that region of China.
In 2008 Rakon established a joint venture with Shenzhen, China company Timemaker Crystal Technology.  How many other New Zealand companies are working in collaborative ventures like these?  Does anyone know of a directory or list of such companies?  If so it would be really useful to be able to publicise such  a resource, as it may help companies thinking about expansion to China to contact experienced New Zealand business people and avoid mistakes and get tips.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

New Zealand School of Export is having a video made!

The video production crew from Made from New Zealand were at the School last week - making a video. As soon as it's ready, this will be on our website to view, so come back soon!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week 16-22 November 2009

This website http://www.unleashingideas.org/?_c=1  has a global round-up on events. Here is the New Zealand listing of all the events taking place around the country: http://www.unleashingideas.org/newzealand?_c=1   There has also been publicity of the GEW in the newspapers - today's Dominion Post featured David ten Have and his company Ponoko.com.   David is a former Palmerston North resident and student at St Peter's College.

 Have a look at all the events that are planned in the UK during the week – all 2936 of them!http://www.gew.org.uk/  and here is an American site with a focussed section on the week including a podcast from Hilary Clinton on the Week:

Monday, 16 November 2009

We Must Trade or Fade

Image www.voxeu.org/files/image/baldwin_spaghetti.JPG

This quip attributed to John F Kennedy in the early 1960s, certainly doesn’t apply to New Zealand at the moment in terms of the deals it is negotiating.

It seems like New Zealand and the world are rushing into trade agreements left, right and centre. For example here is a Youtube clip in which the Canadian Minister for Trade sums up what his country has been doing: http://www.youtube.com/user/commerceCDA

The WTO in the RTA section of its website, has a useful map: http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicSearchByMember.aspx   It lists all the trade agreements of WTO members. While it is not up to date and doesn’t include New Zealand’s newest FTA with Hong Kong, it does help to give the world context for the rush into trade agreements.

By clicking on to the map of Canada using the reference above, you will see that Canada has six FTAs listed plus seven new ones announced.

Can you imagine trying to map all the links that there are as well as putting all the new ones in. It has been tried as you can see from the image above and this is only North America. The article by Richard Baldwin which goes with this image – is worth reading. Here is the URL:


Among the points that Richard Baldwin makes is that: ‘While the spaghetti bowl [development of free trade agreements] is a problem for firms in big nations, it is much more so for firms in poor nations. Rich nations have the resources and negotiating leverage to navigate the tangle’s worse effects. The governments of small and poor nations do not. The spaghetti bowl falls much harder on the heads of the world’s small and poor nations.’

As we live in the South Pacific with small, poor nations as neighbours, it is worth giving the ‘spaghetti bowl’ more than a passing thought. What are yours?

Friday, 6 November 2009

Congratulations go to Greg Canty, Technical Officer within the Global Inventory Team at Fonterra’s Whareroa site who has also recently completed the Diploma of International Trade!
Congratulations Yovitha Ramkolowan-Dale on being awarded the New Zealand School of Export Diploma of International Trade!
The New Zealand School of Export has introduced a new Jobs Page - recruit through the site and get 5% discount off course fees!