2018年新西兰中国商会年度会议举行
-- Annual General Meeting 2018

2018年8月25日,新西兰中国商会2018年年会在奥克兰举行。驻新西兰大使吴玺、新西兰地区经济发展部长和林业部长沙恩·琼斯分别致辞。驻奥克兰总领事许尔文、新西兰中国商会会长王磊及两国工商界人士近170人参加。

吴大使在致辞中充分肯定新西兰中国商会取得的成绩,祝贺新一届理事会成立。吴大使表示,多年来,中新关系保持良好发展势头,创造了多项“第一”,各领域合作成果丰硕,给两国人民带来了实实在在的利益。今年是中国改革开放40周年。中国将继续坚持改革开放的基本国策,坚定不移地贯彻创新、协调、绿色、开放、共享的新发展理念。中国始终是世界和平的建设者、全球发展的贡献者、国际秩序的维护者。中国积极致力于推动建设新型国际关系,构建人类命运共同体。经济合作是中新关系的基石和推进器。只要双方携手合作,进一步挖掘潜力,两国经济合作将获得更大发展。希望新西兰中国商会全体成员为中新合作更加美好的未来做出更大贡献。

琼斯在致辞中表示,新西兰中国商会是新中企业加强合作、促进两国经贸合作的桥梁。新中两国国情虽然不同,但都支持多边贸易体制,支持基于规则的国际秩序,反对保护主义,这些原则都对新西兰至关重要。新西兰本届政府非常重视对华关系,欢迎包括中国在内的海外企业到新投资。新中关系正朝着更加成熟的方向发展,这将是留给下一代的宝贵财富。

新西兰中国商会一直致力于增进中资企业与新政府、工商界、民众和社区的联系、沟通和了解,会员企业覆盖农林、建筑、海运、航空、房地产、教育、科技、贸易、金融、环保、旅游等众多行业。

The China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand held their Annual General Meeting at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland with 170 members and guests attending the lunch. The business session reviewed activities of the past year; such as the High Tech Summit with Bank of China (NZ) Ltd. this year and upcoming projects, notably China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd.’s cooperation with NZ Māori Tourism promoting China NZ Year of Tourism 2019. David Wang was re-elected as Chairman for another three-year term, along with the new Executive Board. He welcomed corporate guests to the lunch session embracing formal Māori greetings that was warmly received by the audience with a round of applause. He spoke in general about the brisk pace of bilateral trade surpassing targets sooner than expected.

China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner for goods and services earning more from our exports to China than imports from China; with new opportunities for exporters at the inaugural China International Import Fair in November expected to attract 150,000 buyers. He praised the 120 members for their commitment to the New Zealand economy with approximately $5.3 billion invested, based on an internal survey. He expressed his gratitude during his first term for the members’ generosity raising over $200,000 for Starship, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and this year’s recipient, two reconditioned First Response Vehicles for St. John Northern Region. There will be a dedication ceremony at St. John next month when the FRV vehicles will be ready for service. As a banker, he expressed some concern about possible changes to the global economy, making free trade and multilateral engagement more important.

The Chinese Ambassador HE Wu Xi commended the CCCNZ caring for the public welfare and giving something back to society. She emphasised the fact that China places great importance in New Zealand as the country of the longest of the firsts, including upgrading the FTA and a Memo of Arrangement for the Belt Road Initiative. New Zealand’s two-way trade with China increased more than three-fold in the past decade since the FTA to $26.1 billion in 2017. China cannot achieve development in isolation with a goal that is expected to contribute to global prosperity and shared future of all mankind. The people to people exchanges exceeded 400,000 Chinese visitors and there are now 80 direct flights to China during peak season. The conclusion was quite meaningful to the audience saying, “economic cooperation is the bedrock and propeller of China – New Zealand relations”.

Hon. Shane Jones acknowledged Advisory Board members as hard working Kiwis, Sir Henry van der Heyden and also Raymond Huo MP, when they both worked with Rt. Hon. Helen Clark. He opened by saying, “I want to share a thought, obviously this Chamber is a fertile ground for strengthening relations. We are strongly against protectionism. We don’t have the power of China but we are in a common pursuit.” He is planning to visit China next month at the Prime Minister’s request with the main purpose being to attract investment for infrastructure and forestry so it was appropriate to accept the invitation to speak, making time to show the importance of our relationship. Members took special notice when he elaborated on his role establishing a new agency that will attract investors, banks and suppliers as a point of contact for long term contracts, 15-20 years. He concluded with the fact he is a career politician working in a three-year political cycle. He went to China in 1992 to set up a fisheries factory in Guangdong exporting to the USA with a Maori-Chinese partner. He believes the relationship is not only about business but people to people contact, the power of people with a mutual admiration to provide an example for future generations.

ATEED supports Auckland City Mission suggesting it as a possible 2019 donor recipient of the Chamber’s benevolence with Chris Farrelly, Missioner introducing the Mission HomeGround Project. Additional donations are needed for the $90 million project because it’s all a go now with $72 million pledged to open by 2020 when Auckland will no longer have homeless on the streets. Members will vote at the next meeting to decide on the financial recipient of the annual CCCNZ Chinese New Year Charity in February 2019.