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Friday, 26 February 2010

American Trade Policy & Strategy

Here is the link to the text of President Obama's State of the Union address in which he launched the NEI (National Export Initiative).   See page 4 in particular.   From a New Zealand point of view there are concerns that this may lead to more protectionist policies by the US.

The second link is to a video clip featuring the Presidents speech.
ttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/us/politics/28obama.text.html?pagewanted=4  State of the Union address p.4


At least the US has a strategy which is more than can be said for New Zealand !

Monday, 22 February 2010

Exporting the Kiwi way

US marketing award for export strategy paper

This article on a paper by Professor Sylvie Chetty and Professor Colin Campbell Hunt of Otago University, revealed that New Zealand firms do not follow textbook approaches to exporting. Instead they usually follow one of three paths:

1. a regional model of launching say into Australia

2. a ‘born global’ strategy of going international within two years of starting up

3. a global model of developing a strong domestic market and launching out slowly.

Is this the Kiwi way?

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Investing in skills!!

Last Friday 5 February 2010, I heard Phil O'Reilly of Business New Zealand say to Catherine Ryan on her Nine to Noon radio programme: "If there is ever a time to invest in skills, it is now."   Exporting skills don't seem to be getting much of a look-in......   Listen to the podcast from Radio New Zealand: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20100205

China Briefing Magazine Moves to Pay For View | China Briefing News

China Briefing Magazine Moves to Pay per View

Unfortunately if your company has been receiving this complimentary electronic magazine, you will now have to pay for it. A great pity because it was very informative and accessible. It will now be US$10.00 per issue.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Technology 3rd biggest export industry?

On Tuesday the Dominion Post published a report by Ben Heather entitled Adaptable technology firms show the way through the recession Business Day section p. C1.
His first paragraph stated: 'Technology was New Zealand's third-biggest export industry last year, outpacing wine and meat exports, a report says. That report was the TIN100 2009 Report.

Technology Investment Network (TIN) publishes an annual report. The 2009 report is a benchmarking study of the country's largest (by revenue) globally focused technology companies in the areas of High Tech Manufacturing, ICT and Biotechnology.

Readers of this blog who have looked again at the Top Ten Exports post from last year, will find it difficult to compare this statement with that list, because the Top Ten post focused on products as opposed to industries. Presumably 'globally focused companies' are those which are exporting?