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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Argentina - Quarter-finalist and its bilateral links with New Zealand

Argentina is another of the nations who are currently in New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2011.  It is the only Spanish-speaking nation and the only one from South America.  The Argentinian flag is shown in the centre of this photo with England to its right.  Photo taken at the New Zealand School of Export September 2011.

 On Sunday 9th October the New Zealand All Blacks will play the Argentinian rugby team the Pumas, in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Auckland.

New Zealand and Argentina have a number of things in common: a temperate climate, an economic focus on primary products commodities, whale conservation, climate change and the environment, and of course a rugby playing heritage.

Argentina ranked 65th as an export destination for New Zealand goods and services with a trade gap valued at almost $70 million in Argentina's favour.  A large percentage of Argentina's exports to New Zealand are made up of Food waste and animal feed.   Over the period 2006-2008 short-term visitor arrivals (tourists) from Argentina to New Zealand increased to over 6000 in 2009.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has prepared an Exporter Guide for Argentina and this is available from the NZTE website at: http://www.nzte.govt.nz/explore-export-markets/South-America/Doing-business-in-Argentina/Pages/Argentina-country-brief.aspx  
You will also find this  by clicking here for the ELIS catalogue: http://ets.kohalibrary.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?q=argentina 
A number of New Zealand companies are actively engaged in Argentina and a list of a few is found on this page from the University of Auckland's Centre for Latin American Studies: http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/new-zealand-companies

Argentina has an Embassy in Wellington and New Zealand has an Embassy in Buenos Aires with a resident NZTE regional Manager for the Argentine Republic, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Bienvenido a Nueva Zelanda to all Argentinian rugby visitors and especially to any who are also exporters!

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