China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (CCCNZ) was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organisation by foundation members from Chinese funded enterprises operating in New Zealand.
The rationale for establishing the organisation has changed significantly infostering the development of China-New Zealand economic and trade relations to nurture bilateral relations by acting as a bridge with trade in goods and services shifting from imports to exports following the signing of the Free Trade Agreement in 2008. Trade has nearly tripled over the past decade, with two-way trade rising from $8.2 billion in the year ended June 2007 to over 23 billion in the March 2017 year, according to Statistic New Zealand link to w_StatisticsNZ file.
The active members of the CCCNZ have become integrated in the local community as corporate citizens with philanthropic activities; raising over $100,000 for charities through their annual Chinese New Year Charity Gala and participation in events, such as Round the Bays with families joining members on the 8.4km run along the harbour.
The Executive Committee oversees CCCNZ operations and corporate governance of its members has become a priority. It is for this reason they decided to form an Advisory Board in 2016 of distinguished New Zealanders as guidance for the CCCNZ to move forward.
The selective membership includes many of China’s prominent companies as members; Bank of China (NZ), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (NZ),China Construction Bank Corporation (NZ), Haier Appliances (NZ), Huawei (NZ), Yashili (NZ), Waste Management, COSCO Corporation (NZ), China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd., China Minmetals (NZ) Limited, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Pengxin Group, Fu Wah NZ Ltd, Agria, to name a few, along with many of prominent local Chinese business executives. Members engaged in diverse industries covering many areas of trade, dairy, tourism, processing, shipping, air transport, timber, real estate, education, science and technology, finance and insurance.
China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand is a membership organisation with an extensive networking platform that has become very influential in New Zealand through the members’ expertise; many of China’s SOEs and entrepreneurs are active members, along with the full support of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand.
All roles are voluntary with David Wang Lei as Chairman while balancing his role as CEO of Bank of China (NZ) Ltd., with the support of an Executive Committee and Advisory Board to act on behalf of the CCCNZ members advising New Zealand and Chinese companies on market development to initiate business relations.