In the current economic slowdown, government and businesses need to work together more effectively to create and sustain conditions for trade and investment growth. With the recent signing of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, Singapore and New Zealand have demonstrated once again their active collaboration in creating new opportunities in the region.
Singapore is hosting APEC in 2009 with the theme "Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region". The New Zealand Business Forum takes up this challenge directly.
The Forum will highlight the changing nature of the New Zealand economy - its knowledge focus and scientific and creative excellence and the opportunities these offer to Singapore for business partnerships and investment.
Biotechnology: New Zealand has world-class research strengths in the fields of human health, agriculture, forestry, and forensic and environmental sciences. It boasts a rich pool of creative and commercially-minded scientists.
Creative Industries: The success of "Lord of the Rings" alerted the world to New Zealand's burgeoning film, visual effects, multimedia and post-production industries. Our state-of-the-art post-production facilities continue to draw international attention. Our creative industries are underpinned by an ICT industry with a reputation for developing smart, innovative solutions quickly.
Clean Technology: New Zealand has a strong history in clean technologies (e.g. geothermal, CNG and LPG use for transport) and a growing capability in emerging cleantech areas such as sustainable biofuels, renewable energy and green buildings.
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