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Setting up shop in Vientiane

16th December 2014 by Andrew Cameron, | No Comments

Recently, as a new Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I had the honour to present credentials to President Choummaly Sayasone. My visit to Vientiane also afforded the opportunity to meet four young Lao businesspeople that have visited NZ under the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Young Business Leaders Initiative. One of the ways that

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Making best use of FTAs with Thailand

12th November 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok | No Comments

Businesses are leaving money on the table if they fail to make the best use of opportunities in New Zealand’s free trade agreements. That was a key message at a recent seminar in Bangkok hosted by the NZ Embassy in partnership with the Thai Government. On Friday 7 November, over one hundred participants, mostly Thai importers,

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The price of affordable energy

3rd October 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok | No Comments

The economic growth achieved by the ASEAN region in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable. The 10 nations of ASEAN together account for some 600 million people, a population greater than the European Union.  And, according to McKinsey, if ASEAN were a single country, it would already be the seventh-largest economy in the

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NZ and ASEAN – learning from each other

12th September 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok | No Comments

The New Zealand Inc ASEAN Strategy, released last year, calls for New Zealand to become better integrated with the countries of the ASEAN region. The power of education to forge enduring connections with this region was visible earlier this month when the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok joined Khon Kaen University (KKU) in the Isaan region

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