NZMEBC JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

In this issue:

  • Invitation to meet Hon Murray McCully, Auckland, 27 July, 2017.
  • Invitation to meet Brad Sawden, NZ’s Ambassador to Iraq, Auckland, 26 June, 2017.
  • Event series: NZ trade negotiation agenda, June 2017, AKL, WLT, CHC.

  • Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar8 things to know about Ramadan.
  • UAE unveils plans to build city of 600,000 on planet Mars.
  • Special Benefits from Emirates for NZMEBC Members.

 

Invitation to meet Hon Murray McCully, Auckland, 27 July, 2017


Former New Zealand Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully has agreed to meet NZMEBC members in an informal discussion about the lessons he has learned from his nine years of contact with countries in the Middle East.

The discussion will take place at 5.30 pm on Thursday 27 July at the Sangrahan Room at the MFAT offices, Level 6, 139 Quay St.

To register for the event, RSVP to nick@boagallansvg.co.nz.

Hon Murray McCully

 

Invitation to meet Brad Sawden, NZ’s Ambassador to Iraq, Auckland, 26 June, 2017


All members of the NZ-Middle East Business Council are invited to meet Brad Sawden, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Iraq, on Monday 26 June, at 10.30 AM.

The event will take place at the Auckland MFAT Offices, Encontro Room, Level 6, 139 Quay St.

The meeting will be an opportunity for members to gain the Ambassador’s views on current and future developments in Iraq.

To register for the event, RSVP to nick@boagallansvg.co.nz.

Iraq

 

Event series: NZ trade negotiation agenda, June 2017, AKL, WLT, CHC


MFAT is holding four public engagement meetings on New Zealand’s trade negotiation agenda this June. The meetings are a chance to learn about NZ’s full trade negotiation agenda from those doing the negotiating.

The public meetings will include updates on the upgrade of the New Zealand-China free trade agreement, the prospective New Zealand and European Union free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the recently concluded PACER Plus agreement with Australia and Pacific Island partners.

Members of the public and businesses are welcome to attend. Trade policy hui for iwi and Māori businesses will be held in August.

Auckland

  • 20 June – Public panel discussion hosted by Auckland University of Technology, Europe House, Level 16, WO Building, 56 Wakefield Street, 5.30-7pm.

Christchurch

  • 22 June – Public panel discussion hosted by the University of Canterbury, at Undercroft lecture theatre 101, 5.30-7pm.
  • 23 June – Business breakfast hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Novotel Cathedral Square, 7.30-9am.

Wellington

  • 26 June – Public panel discussion hosted by Victoria University, at Rutherford House lecture theatre 2 (Pipitea campus), 5.30-7pm.

To attend a session, register by emailing FTA_outreach@mfat.govt.nz, stating which session you are interested in.

Mike

 

Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar


The Gulf has been hit by its biggest diplomatic crisis in years after Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups.

The countries said they would halt all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, eject its diplomats and order Qatari citizens to leave the Gulf states within 14 days. Shoppers in the Qatari capital, Doha, meanwhile packed supermarkets amid fears the country, which relies on imports from its neighbours, would face food shortages after Saudi Arabia closed its sole land border.

Social media reports from Doha showed supermarket shelves empty as nervous consumers began to worry that stocks of food and water would run out. As much as 40% of Qatar’s food comes over the Saudi border.

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UAE

 

8 things to know about Ramadan


For a month every year, some Kiwis will temporarily lose a lunch buddy, as Muslims in New Zealand join others worldwide in observing the rituals of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Francine Chen, finds out more about the event.

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UAE unveils plans to build city of 600,000 on planet Mars


On Earth, the United Arab Emirates boasts the tallest building, the largest artificial island and the biggest shopping mall, which includes an indoor ski resort and a colony of penguins. Earth, though, has its limits, so the Persian Gulf nation is looking elsewhere.

If all goes as planned, a century from now it will have built a fully functioning city of 600,000 people on Mars.

“We aspire in the coming century to develop science, technology and our youth’s passion for knowledge,” tweeted Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the country’s vice president and prime minister, when he announced the project – known as “Mars 2117” – this year.

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Special Benefits from Emirates for NZMEBC Members


Members are reminded that special flight concessions are available to members from Emirates, the Council’s major sponsor, for all NZMEBC members.

These rates may be accessed by contacting Annette Glass of Business World Travel, contact details for Annette are:

Phone: 09 529 3700
Email: aglass@bwt.co.nz

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