Realising Opportunities for Kiwi Business in Southeast Asia, with Hon Phil Twyford
7 June 2022
Join us for a discussion on Realising Opportunities for Kiwi Business in Southeast Asia, with special guest speaker Hon Phil Twyford.
Home to 680 million people and with a GDP of US $3 trillion, Southeast Asia is an economic market with enormous value – and potential – for New Zealand business and investment. It is already New Zealand’s fourth largest goods export market, and in 2020 New Zealand exported $1.6 billion of services to the region.
Join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade & the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence for a discussion on the opportunities this growing market offers to New Zealand businesses. The event will open with an address and Q&A with Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Phil Twyford, followed by a panel discussion with three regional business experts. The formalities will be followed by drinks and nibbles.
You can join us in person at The Boatshed on Wellington’s waterfront, or via Zoom. If you wish to join via Zoom, please ensure you still grab a ticket and we will be in touch with the details.
Hon Phil Twyford is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatū, where he lives. Phil’s vision is for New Zealand to deliver hope and opportunity to all people.
After studying politics at Auckland University, Phil worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Phil’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Phil was elected to Parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In Opposition, he held the portfolios of Housing, Transport, Auckland Issues, and Disarmament and Arms Control.
Phil is currently the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Immigration.