Earlier this month the KNZBC, alongside the Korean Embassy in Wellington hosted a business and networking event at the Korean Ambassadors Residence. Around 40 people attended the event, hosted by the Ambassador.
The key speakers of the evening were Tom Yuan, the International Manager for the Wellington City Council. Michael Stephens, the Principal at Stephens Law and the former Chairman of the Korea New Zealand Business Council, and Kelly Kim, a director at KOTRA, the Korean Trade office based in Auckland.
Tom introduced the newly affirmed Wellington – Seoul Sister City relationship and how it will benefit the two city’s business communities, promoting trade and investment exchange. The relationship is built on years of exchanges, including reciprocal Mayoral visits, business delegations and cultural events. Wellington and Seoul, aside from both being Capital Cities, are world-leaders in the film and creative industries.
Michael highlighted the investment relationships between Korea and New Zealand. He introduced previous investments, including the massive Skyline investment into multiple sites across Korea and a Korean funded film studio in Auckland. He highlighted the opportunity for more Korean involvement in New Zealand’s future projects, particularly those relating to infrastructure, given that Korea is a world leader in heavy construction.
Kelly talked about the role of KOTRA as a trade facilitator. She briefly introduced the Korean market and the competitive advantage of Korean products. She welcomed people interested in the procuring Korean products to get in contact with her office.
The speaking event was followed by Korean food and drinks. Attendees were given opportunities to network and meet with Embassy officials.