NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase gives you a fresh look at the fast-growing Gulf region – a chance to find new potential for your business, and learn how to make the most of Expo 2020 Dubai. Showcase events will run in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington from 24-26 October.
Over the last fifty years, the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – have transformed their economies and societies.
Today the Gulf region is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing trade partners, with $4 billion in annual two-way trade and rising.
A new period of rapid change is now beginning across the region, driven by a need to diversify away from oil and gas to develop high-tech, advanced and sustainable public and private sectors. This is creating new opportunities for New Zealand businesses, ranging from food and beverage to healthcare, technology and infrastructure.
With Expo 2020 Dubai on the horizon, featuring 180 country participants and over 25 million expected visitors there’s never been a better time to explore business opportunities in the Gulf region.
NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase gives you a rare chance to hear in person from Gulf market experts, including Beachhead advisors and experienced New Zealand exporters.
You’ll learn about key trends and business opportunities in a range of markets within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
You’ll also learn about how to make the most of New Zealand’s presence at Expo 2020 to highlight your business in the Gulf and around the world.
The Gulf Opportunities Showcase is coming to Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington this October.
Sign up now to secure your place. Attendance is free.
Zealong Tea Estate
Wednesday 24 October, 8:00 to 10:00am
Our Auckland event is now at full capacity. Please join our livestream of the event on Wednesday 24 October 2018 from 4.20pm (NZT).
Register for the livestream
Tait Technology Centre
Thursday 25 October, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Friday 26 October, 8:00 to 10:00am
The showcase is brought to you in association with the Regional Business Partners Network and Export New Zealand.
An introduction to the Gulf – Transformation, sustainability, connectivity
Expo 2020 Dubai – The ‘Expo Economy’, how to make the most of New Zealand’s Expo presence.
Panel sessions: Trends and opportunities – Technology, food and beverage, major projects and infrastructure
Extended Q&A – With speakers
Informal networking for new connections
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprises six countries: the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. The opportunities in this region are as diverse as the people who live in the GCC.
The Gulf is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing trade regions, and there’s a good cultural fit between New Zealand and local businesses.
Gulf markets are increasingly demanding expertise, goods and services in areas where New Zealand excels, and the region is also technologically advanced hub offering access to markets in South Asia, Africa and Europe.
Expo 2020 will host 180 participating countries and an expected 25 million visitors for six months from October 2020. Participating countries will use country pavilions to showcase their economic and trade capabilities alongside their culture and values.
Find out more on the New Zealand at Expo 2020 website.
Speakers for the Gulf Opportunities Showcase
Tony Martin, NZTE Regional Director for Middle East, India and Africa
Tony is based in Dubai and oversees NZTE's activity in the Middle East, India and Africa. Before moving to Dubai two years ago, Tony was NZTE's Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City. Tony will provide a broad overview of the Gulf region, covering off the major trends driving the region’s transformation.
Kevin McKenna, Trade Commissioner for UAE and Qatar
Kevin is based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and is responsible for NZTE's activities in the UAE and Qatar. Kevin is also the Consul General for Dubai. Kevin will talk about the different ways that New Zealand companies can leverage Expo 2020.
Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand Commissioner-General to Expo 2020
Based in Dubai, Clayton leads New Zealand’s team working on Expo 2020. Previously, Clayton served as New Zealand’s Consul-General to Dubai and Regional Director for India, Middle East and Africa with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Clayton will explain what Expo 2020 is, talk about the New Zealand pavilion and how New Zealand companies can be involved.
Sir Ken Stevens KNZM, Chairman Glidepath
Sir Ken’s company, Glidepath, designs, manufactures and installs baggage and cargo handling systems for airports. Sir Ken will share his experience of participating in New Zealand’s activities at three World Expos.
Sam Amory, General Manager Middle East and Africa for Orion Health
Sam joined Orion Health in January 2015. He has 14 years in the healthcare industry; six years in public health and eight years in private health. Sam will talk about the Gulf region’s focus on technology and innovation, what this means for Orion’s current and future activity in the region and share insights on the Gulf business environment.
Nuha Safar, Chair of NZTE’s Middle East Beachheads Advisors
Nuha is an Emirati businesswoman, with 20 years of experience in organisational and corporate communication strategies. Drawing on her broad experience, Nuha will talk about some of the differences and similarities between Gulf markets and share insights on Emirati consumer food and beverage preferences.
Graham Hamilton, NZTE Beachhead Advisor
Graham is a qualified agro economist with agri, retail and F&B expertise based in Saudi Arabia. Graham will talk about Saudi’s transformation, major F&B and agricultural projects in the region, and provide tips for New Zealand food and beverage or agriculture companies doing business in the Gulf.
Simon Crispe, former Regional Commercial Director of Atkins for the Middle East and Managing Director of Atkins’ local partnership
Simon, now based in Auckland, lived in the United Arab Emirates for 23 years working as an architect. He is also a former member of NZTE’s Middle East Beachheads group advising New Zealand companies on their regional strategy. Simon will talk about some of the major trends shaping specialised manufacturing in the Gulf region and opportunities for New Zealand companies to contribute to this growing sector.
Glenn Bull, CEO of Skilitics (Christchurch event only)
Glenn Bull is the founder and CEO of Skilitics, creators of software and platform services disrupting the global training industry. Glenn will talk about his experience of working in the Dubai Future Accelerators, an incubator programme which facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs and private sector and government organisations to co-create solutions to a range of challenges.