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Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has transformed into one of the most free-market based economies in the world. With exports accounting for around 30 percent of the country’s GDP, the New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO) is giving Kiwi companies the confidence to achieve their export ambitions.

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In an ironic twist of fate, Idealog columnist and NZTE executive David Downs flew in and out of the Chilean capital Santiago just hours before the 8.3 magnitude quake hit the country on Thursday. The column he wrote while he was there, little knowing the disaster that was about to unfold, gives cultural, political and business insights into a country about to suddenly and unwillingly find itself in the international news spotlight.