This article is part of a series of blog items contributed by Charles Broad, Convenor of the Pacific Exporters' Network (PEN). The aim is to assist our understanding of the new economic order that Covid 19 will trigger in coming months and years. The views expressed are the result of research over the last 2 years aided by the unprecedented... Keep Reading
PEN is a Wellington based volunteer group that seeks to significantly increase the level of NZ's exports to Pacific Island countries. Our aim is to play a constructive role in achieving the export target of the Government's Business Growth Agenda - namely to increase NZ's exports from the current 30% to 40% of GDP by 2025.
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We await the new Government's announcements on trade initiatives and hope that the Pacific will feature highly. In the last few years, NZ's Pacific exports have remained stationary. There have been few initiatives to encourage a greater focus on the Pacific as other more distant and exotic destinations have won favour (remember the expensive... Keep Reading
We are holding our next event on 4 October at the ANZ Bank, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington. The guest speaker will be Cameron Bargie, Chief NZ Economist at the ANZ Bank. Cameron's role has recently been extended to cover the Pacific region. More details of this event will be issued to members and supporters shortly. Keep Reading
At our second major event for 2016 we hosted the Hon Todd McClay, Minister of Trade. The event was held at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts reception rooms in Wellington. It attracted 60 attendees, mostly PEN members or supporters. The Minister's speech was the highlight of the evening. We were updated on the Pacer Plus negotiations (nearing... Keep Reading