Businesses invited to Export Forum


11 March 2014 

Central Otago business people interested in trading in overseas markets are invited along to an export forum later this month in Cromwell.

The ‘Thinking Global’ forum, being sponsored by SBS Bank, will take place on Thursday 27 March from 4pm in the Otago Polytechnic’s Cromwell restaurant in Erris Street, Cromwell.

The inaugural event has been organised by Central Otago District Council Economic Development Manager Warwick Hawker, Regional Business Partners Central Otago Assessor Tara Druce and SBS Bank Agribusiness Manager Jo Kys.

Ms Druce said the invite extended to “businesses interested in exporting as well as those currently trading in overseas markets”.

"It's a chance for businesses – big or small – to make connections.  We speak to a lot of business people in Central Otago who are successfully selling their products and services offshore. There are also those who are unsure of the next step to grow their business.  We hope this forum will provide an opportunity to share successes and excite us all about new opportunities for business growth."

Mr Hawker said he hoped the forum could become a quarterly event.

“In Central Otago we have a number of businesses and sectors that are globally focused – including our orchardists, winemakers, tourism operators, those in education, and the list goes on. The aim of this forum is to bring together Central Otago business people who have this global focus to think and talk growth, and to find ways to collaborate.”
The format for the first forum will be a presentation by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) Economic Division, Rupert Holborow, followed by a question and answer session then time for attendees to mix and mingle. 

Mr Holborow’s division at MFAT acts as the secretariat for the cross-government agency effort contributing to the ‘Building Export Markets’ stream of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.
The challenge of seeking to lift New Zealand’s exports from 30% to 40% of GDP by 2025 lies at the core of this effort, which needs to be informed by the experiences and perspectives of the business sector.

Prior to his MFAT role Mr Holborow was NZ’s High Commissioner to India, with cross-accreditation responsibilities for Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. He has also served in Australia and Indonesia. Roles at home have involved being New Zealand’s Senior Official to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (known as APEC) and serving within the Ministry’s North Asia Division, South East Asia Division, Trade Negotiations Division and as Private Secretary/Trade Adviser to the Minister of Trade. 

Please RSVP to: or phone: (03) 440 0618.

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