International Trade

New Zealand and Scandinavia – Two ends of the world that seem well suited for co-operation

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The New Zealand Scandinavia Business Association (NZSBA) was founded 30 years ago, but the relations between the two goes back much further than that, with goods and services having been traded for over a hundred years. It is the purpose of NZSBA to continue this relationship …

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Carlos Menem: The playboy president who upset applecarts from Wall Street to Wellington

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The only Argentine President to have paid a state visit to New Zealand is Carlos Saúl Menem who died this year on Saint Valentine’s Day in Buenos Aires, aged 90. New Zealand’s exemplary bi-lateral relationship with Argentina was kick-started by Menem’s 1998 state visit which, despite …

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Into the Breach

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin According to Economic Development NZ’s Dr David Wilson, New Zealand can emerge relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 pandemic if businesses focus on being connected, responsive, adaptive and fleet-footed in a joined-up NZ Inc. approach. Dr Wilson’s advice is particularly relevant for the export realm. As one …

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Welcome to Sweden

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin Geographically Sweden is one of the biggest countries in Europe with almost 100,000 lakes and over 200,000 islands, although less than 1000 of these are inhabited. Bordering Norway and Finland and connected to Denmark via a series of bridges, it sits at the centre of Scandinavia. …

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The economic shock of Covid-19: a mixed picture

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin 2020 will enter the textbooks for the size of its global downturn. The spread of the coronavirus across many countries prompted governments to introduce lockdown measures to contain the epidemic. These mobility restrictions and business shutdowns led to financial market turmoil, an erosion of confidence and …

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Covid-19 and trade of personal protective equipment

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin Covid-19 triggered a global hunt for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators revealing a major weakness of the globalisation that guaranteed the availability of more convenient products. As far as PPE is concerned – e.g. face masks, gloves, goggles – this is used by healthcare workers …

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Force majeure

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin After emerging in Wuhan the Covid-19 virus has turned global trade on its head by disrupting critical supply chains from China to international markets in a classic example of ‘force majeure’ which the Oxford Dictionary defines as a legal term for “Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent the …

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