Chairman of NZ and Pacific Island Countries Promotion Session

Cr Arthur Anae of Auckland City, Chairman of Australasia China Cities Summit &Business Forum (ACCS/ACBF) for New Zealand & Pacific Island Countries side, will attend ACCS/ACBF and will Chair the New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries Promotion Session.

Born in 1945, Arthur Anae is a New Zealand politician who currently serves on the Auckland Council. He was an MP from 1996 to 1999, and again from 2000 to 2002. He was part of the National Party, being its first Pacific Islander MP. Arthur first entered Parliament in the 1996 elections as a list MP, and in October 2004 he was elected to the Manukau City Council from the Otara ward. He ran for the mayoralty of Manukau City in the 2007 local body elections, polling third.

Cr Arthur Anae is a longtime friend and associate of Michael Guo’s and has given generous and strong support to a series of work conducted by AITA & Associates to strengthen the exchanges and friendship between Chinese and New Zealand cities. Every efforts he has made and all the work he has done greatly promoted the communication and cooperation in multiple fields like agriculture, investment, trade, regional development and cultural exchanges. He is highly respected by many Chinese people due to his unremitting efforts to promote exchanges between China, Australia and New Zealand as well as Pacific Island countries.

Business Opportunities and Potential Development of New Zealand and Island Countries

Business development is a strong focus for New Zealand and Island Countries, to ensure their cities and states remain financially sustainable in the challenging global economic climate and enable “smart growth” of the exchange opportunities available to New Zealanders and Americans.

New sponsorship partnerships will be sought to expand the number and nature of Fulbright exchange awards offered. Implementation of new awards will be targeted at fields of strategic importance to the country and/or for which there is under-representation or greatest demand, including in business, law and creative arts, and other fields which are consistently oversubscribed. Sponsors will be sought at both the New Zealand and US ends of the programme, to increase the number of opportunities available and to reduce the large number of very worthy applicants turned away each year.

The field of business is one which has been identified as key to the development of New Zealand’s economy, and an area where Fulbright exchanges can play a key role in building the country’s capability by opening up opportunities for emerging leaders in the business world. With more reliance than ever on a strong New Zealand economy in an uncertain world, our strong push towards building academic capital must be matched by supporting business capability. A lot of work is done to create opportunities to develop new fundraising and bequest programs, building upon a groundswell of alumni engagement, support and generosity over recent years. In addition to financial giving, alumni are encouraged to open their professional networks to potential sponsorship opportunities. Many of the new award programs created through sponsorship partnerships over recent years have been initiated or advanced by alumni advocacy of the Fulbright program. This has greatly benefited the organization, award recipients and the two countries.

A growth of opportunities shows New Zealand has the potential to generate billions of dollars in high-value economic growth, while also improving the country's environmental performance, Pure Advantage chairman Rob Morrison believes. Pure Advantage intended using the macroeconomic report as a basis to establish, in consultation with industry, seven industry-specific green growth programs.

Those were retrofitting an efficient building environment; creating a significant geothermal export industry; investing in sustainable and efficient agricultural technologies; installing bio-energy and waste-to-energy infrastructure; installing the "building blocks" of a smart grid; establishing a woody mass bio-fuel and bio-products industry; and establishing a world-class biodiversity-driven ecotourism and conservation education program.

It rightly recommended New Zealand move towards more efficient pricing and trading of water resources. Similarly, the opportunity for New Zealand to make a global difference by directing research and development resources towards lower-emission pastoral systems was recognized. Streamlining regulations to let entrepreneurs take advantage of New Zealand's natural potential comparative advantages in aquaculture was also worthwhile to be invested.