New Zealand at Expo 2020 – Opportunities for New Zealand businesses at Expo 2020

New Zealand at Expo 2020 – Opportunities for New Zealand businesses at Expo 2020


Am I excited about Expo 2020? Well, the anwer’s, the short
answer’s yes, really excited, but the longer answer is, expos have come and gone over many,
many years. Some of them have been successful. Some of them have been less successful. I think the Emiratees are going to make Expo 2020 something really special because they’re
looking at it from a pretty different perspective in terms of the 21st Century. Technology, really being something that is out-of-the-box, different from what’s happened before. New Zealand doesn’t participate in every
expo, so what the New Zealand Government does is take a look at all of the strategic reasons
and trade reasons and relationship reasons, and so on this particular occasion, there
were a range of things that drove the New Zealand Government to say, ‘yes, we must participate’. When you add on the rest of the value that
comes from our exports that come through Dubai and out into the wider region, it goes into
the several billions of dollars. The number of tourists that are carried through Dubai
onwards to New Zealand, is enormous and growing. So the connectivity piece is vital. It’s a global destination, and New Zealand wants to showcase who we are, what we are, and our
place in the world in what is going to be a fantastic event that brings the world to one place in 2020. Expo 2020, I think will give us a huge opportunity to promote export education. We’re a new company in the UAE, so we’re looking
for opportunities, and for us to be able to showcase what we can provide to the UAE is
a huge opportunity. This region for us as a trading partner would
rank right up the top. I think the ambitions and aspirations of companies in this region
to be the best in the world, allows us to push the barriers with our innovation, and
take things to the world that haven’t been seen before, so it’s certainly a fantastic opportunity. There’s a lot of countries here that are
really investing a lot of money in changing their economies away from oil, into more tourism and other areas. I think for us, a lot of infrastructure work, and there’s a lot of investment for the future, so for us, it’s really good. For those companies that aren’t already
here, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is looking at working with those companies to assess whether this is a market that is good for them. For exporters, we want to see you register
on the procurement portal for Expo. Really important opportunity. Get in there. Join up, and see what the opportunities are, and surprise a few people. We want people to understand that New Zealand’s not all just about butter, cheese and meat products. That we’re doing some fantastic new things. Innovative. Disruptive, and really making our mark on the world
stage.

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