Chinese Mayoral Forum - Invite for business
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Chinese Mayoral Forum - Invite for business
25 October 2017

Message to Central Otago businesses interested in doing business with China

Mayor Tim Cadogan has been invited to take part in the New Zealand China Mayoral Forum 2017, which will take place in Wellington 3-4 December. 

The establishment of the New Zealand China Mayoral Forum by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the Chinese Peoples’ Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) was witnessed by then New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter’s visit to New Zealand in 2014.  The objective of the Forum is to encourage more cities from both sides to deepen exchanges and promote common development.

The following cities from China will be represented at the Wellington Forum with several more still to confirm:

 Beijing              Hohhot             Guilin               Zhange

Weinan             Shenzen           Qingyuan          Xiamen

Qingdao            Panjin               Lishui               Dunhuang

Huaibei             Baoiji

 Working to the theme “Smart business for smart cities”, the Programme for Day 1 will focus on business matching meetings between participating New Zealand companies and their Chinese counterparts.

 LGNZ has extended an Invitation to New Zealand business to attend the business forum and business matching sessions on Day 1.  There is no registration fee but participating companies will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. 

 If you are currently doing business in China, particularly in any of the Chinese cities that will be represented at the Forum, or are interested in doing so you should consider taking up this very special opportunity.  Government endorsement is a significant contributor to purchasing decisions in China.  The Mayoral Forum will provide enterprises from both sides the rare opportunity to explore business opportunities in an environment endorsed by their local government political leaders.

Business Forum – your invitation to register

This year we are pleased to include a business forum and business matching session on Sunday 3 December, before the main Mayoral Forum. The focus will be on opportunities for Chinese and New Zealand businesses to connect and discuss opportunities for trade, investment, knowledge sharing, innovation, and developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

Wellington City Council and Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Ltd (WREDA) are coordinating the business forum and matching sessions. The business forum programme is themed “Smart business for smart cities”.

Invited guest speakers for the Business Forum:

• Sir Richard Taylor from the WETA group, will speak about the development of the Weta Group’s business in the China market

• Manda Maggie Zhou, Managing Director of Alibaba (Australia and New Zealand) will speak on the opportunities of the Alibaba platform and their expansion into Australia and New Zealand

There is no registration fee for New Zealand businesses to attend the business forum and business matching session on Sunday.

Travel and accommodation costs are excluded however, a preferential accommodation rate has been negotiated for the forum.  

Please register your interest here - to secure your place.

If you have any questions about the business forum only, please contact Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s Jessica Beyeler at

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