Business leaders to focus on leveraging APEC 2021 for New Zealand

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Trade In The News | 0 comments

Preparations for NZ’s hosting of APEC 2021 are stepping up with the formation of a Business Leadership Group, which will provide advice to the Government and other entities involved in hosting APEC.

“For New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region represents by far the majority of our export trade. There is no doubt that the Asia-Pacific economy is the key to our future prosperity”, Ms Chapman says.

“Hosting APEC will give New Zealand the opportunity to take a leadership role and to showcase our country through the eyes of visiting Asia-Pacific leaders, and the businesspeople and international media who accompany them.”

“This is a significant opportunity for us in New Zealand, and it’s important we get as much as we possibly can out of hosting such an influential group of people in our country in 2021.”

Ms Taulelei says APEC has delivered a great deal to our business community since it was founded in 1989.

“APEC’s work in deepening trade links around the region and reducing trade barriers and costs has made it easier for New Zealand companies to do business with many of our key trading partners” she adds.

“The Business Leadership Group will encourage New Zealand businesses to understand the importance of APEC for their business operations and to take advantage of the opportunities surrounding the APEC meetings to promote successful Kiwi businesses and products”.

The Business Leadership Group will be supported by APEC New Zealand, the all of Government team responsible for the APEC hosting year.

It will bring together people who have experience in APEC with leaders from a range of existing business groups including representation from each of the three cities hosting APEC meetings – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

A list of the Group’s members is shown below.

For further information contact:

Cas Carter
Communications Director, APEC NZ
Mobile: +64 21 341 509

This was originally posted on the MFAT website here.

APEC21 Business Leadership Group

Barbara ChapmanChair, APEC 2021 CEO Summit Committee
Rachel TauleleiMember, APEC Business Advisory Council
Malcolm BaileyChair, NZ International Business Forum
Michael BarnettChief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce
Roger BeaumontChief Executive, NZ Bankers Association
Rachel BrownCEO, Sustainable Business Network
Kirk HopeChief Executive, Business New Zealand
Traci HoupapaChair, Federation of Māori Authorities
Chris InsleyChair, Te Taumata
Malcolm JohnsMember, APEC Business Advisory Council
John MilfordChief Executive, Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Toni MoyesMember, APEC Business Advisory Council
Graeme MullerChief Executive, NZ Tech Alliance
Phil O’ReillyPast member, APEC Business Advisory Council
Katherine RichPast member, APEC Business Advisory Council
Fran O’SullivanDirector, NZ INC.
Roger PartridgeChairman, NZ Initiative
Greg ShanahanManaging Director, Technology Investment Network
Leeann WatsonChief Executive, Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
Fraser WhinerayChair, PM’s Business Advisory Council


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