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MFAT Trade Policy Roadshows
To date MFAT has held two Trade Policy Roadshow, in both Manukau and Albany.
These events have been designed to provide updates to business on the Government’s trade agenda and to promote the tools and services that agencies can offer to exporters. They also revive the “in-person” element of our engagement programme that was reduced in 2020 when much of our regular interface with business moved online due to COVID19.
These events also aims to engage ‘hard to reach’ communities, including SMEs, ethnic communities, women, and Māori in line with out Trade for All agenda. Holding these events outside of the Auckland CBD is part of that. The North Shore and West Auckland is home too much of Auckland’s creative and digital sectors, as well as niche manufacturers and services providers. You attended the first Auckland roadshow this year in Manukau, to reach manufacturers powering Auckland’s economy. These events typically have an interagency panel and a speech from the Minister of Trade and Export, Damien O'Connor with opportunities throughout the day for questions.
Albany Trade Policy Roadshow
The second Government Trade Roadshow took place in Albany, Auckland on 22 July. The event attracted a diverse range of manufacturers and exporters based in Tamaki Makaurau. In his keynote address, the Minister for Trade and Export Growth spoke about the Government’s trade priorities and his recent travel to Europe to progress the EU and UK FTAs.
MFAT Deputy Secretary Vangelis Vitalis provided an update on progress in New Zealand’s FTA agenda and NZTE CEO Peter Chrisp gave a presentation on Digital Trade. A panel of government officials engaged in work to support New Zealand’s trade led recovery gave presentations and answered questions on the exporter support services their agencies have to offer to exporters and manufacturers. Feedback from participants following the event suggested that they welcomed the opportunity to connect with a wide range of government agencies in person.
Current planning is to hold a similar event in the South Island in late September. If you'd like to be invited to future Trade Roadshows as well as other Trade related updates/engagements, please email: FTA_Outreach@mfat.govt.nz to be added to our mailing list.
To get an idea of how these events are run, below are the presentations from MFAT's recent Albany Roadshow.