China engagement

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Collaborating on future mayoral-led delegations in China, and other export markets, is a priority for the New Zealand Core Cities Network.

The project responds to a gap in coordination across the network when receiving and sending delegations to China.

The China engagement project is a practical approach focused on:

  • Developing a project network that includes representatives from the International Relations teams across the six city councils, North Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, China Unit at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Cities Team at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment;
  • Establishing a platform for information sharing and cooperation;
  • Strengthening relationships among the network participants; and
  • Developing a joint China engagement strategy identifying distinct areas of business focussed on competitive advantage.

This project reports to LGNZ’s Economic Development Committee and Metro Sector Mayoral Forum. It also reports through Central Governments Urban Oversight group and the Minister of Business Innovation and Employment.

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