Chinese Business Leaders Visit Rakon
8 April 2015: As Sino-New Zealand economic relations become ever closer, the governments of Chinese cities are showing signs of competing with one another for the attention of New Zealand investors and globally minded entrepreneurs. At the end of March, Shenzhen became the latest Chinese city to display its wares to Kiwis, as an 11-strong delegation of civic and business leaders visited Auckland and Wellington to promote Shenzhen’s myriad commercial and investment opportunities.
The group of delegates spent the morning of 31 March visiting Rakon’s head office in Auckland, New Zealand. Several visitors from Shenzhen had formed a relationship with Rakon during a previous visit.
Rakon has close ties with the Chinese city – one of its joint venture partners has a manufacturing facility in Shenzhen. Rakon also has three sales support offices in China including one in Shenzhen. China's President Xi Jinping visited Rakon’s Auckland facility in 2010, when Mr Xi was then Vice President.
CEO Brent Robinson said of the recent visit, “Rakon was once again honoured to host our VIP guests from China and trust their visit will bring opportunities on both sides of the Pacific.”
The delegation was led by Jia Changsheng, the deputy director-general of Invest Shenzhen, a department of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. Mr Jia was accompanied by some senior industry representatives from Shenzhen.
Mr Jia said, “The mayor of Shenzhen has coined the phrase ‘make with Shenzhen’ to illustrate the idea that Shenzhen is where you come to make things happen, whether you’re making a deal or a product.”
While in New Zealand, Invest Shenzhen signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said, “The relationship between New Zealand and China has never been stronger, and it is heartening to see Auckland and Shenzhen connecting in ways that are beneficial to businesspeople and commercial enterprises in both cities. I look forward to seeing the benefits for our common industries in the coming years.”