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Still time to get in on Malaysian trade mission

There are two weeks left for exporters to get in on the action and register for a trade mission to southeast Asia this March.

There are two weeks left for exporters to get in on the action and register for a trade mission to southeast Asia this March.

There is a range of business opportunities on offer through the mission, which is heading to Malaysia, Sarawak and Brunei, according to leader Sir Ken Stevens.

"The mission will facilitate one-on-one meetings with business people as well as briefings, site visits for example to the top Asian theme park, Sunway Lagoon, and to several major food, engineering and supply chain sites such as at Intel and Air Asia," he said.

He is founder and chief executive of Glidepath Group and chairman of Export New Zealand. Export New Zealand is organising the mission in association with the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business Council.

The mission is focusing on:

* Fast moving consumer goods plus related technologies

* IT and engineering

* Education

* Cultural and adventure tourism

"We are working closely with contacts on the ground in Malaysia, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure the group gets to places they wouldn't otherwise get to, and meet business people not normally available," he said.

"After leading a trade mission to Vietnam last March it was clear that if you go there on your own you won't get anything like the same level of business contacts and opportunities.

"Amongst them was an introduction to the NZTE Beachheads Advisory Board members for South East Asia, all senior, extremely influential company directors, economists, and industry sector specialists.

"A mission delegate said of that visit they had 'come from zero to a level of activity in the fastest possible time, and to do this we would have spent far more as an individual company'."

For more details see www.exportnz.org.nz.