TPP, Business, Trade and Investment

These are big-picture, “over-the-horizon” discussions about the trends, predictions and aspirations that will shape shared US and NZ interests and the future of the Asia-Pacific region.

The combination of globalization and technology has forever changed how companies do business – and how governments respond to new business needs. This session will discuss the outlook for a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, as well as the impact of other regional pacts on the United States, New Zealand and the region. Panelists will share their views on the most important business developments, challenges and opportunities – and offer their top recommendations for both government officials and private sector leaders.

Security and Foreign Policy

In recent years, with the signing of the Wellington and Washington Declarations, the United States and New Zealand have established a new strategic partnership to promote closer cooperation, strengthen defense relations, and reaffirm a shared commitment to security issues.  Two panels will discuss examples of business-to-business partnerships and government-supported R&D.

This first panel will highlight best-practice partnerships between US and NZ companies that are promoting shared growth strategies in both countries and third markets.  Panelists will discuss the practical benefits emerging from the New Zealand-led Security Technology Alliance in Washington.

Agriculture

Today, almost 870 million people do not have access to sufficient food. Food security is not a single issue; it is an interdependent set of issues involving agriculture, energy, the environment, government policy and trade. It affects human health as well as economic and political stability around the world. As global leaders in agriculture, both the United States and New Zealand believe that food security can be improved by promoting comparative advantage, opening markets, fostering cooperation between public and private sectors, and encouraging agricultural investment.

The session will focus on promoting those goals through bilateral collaboration. Panelists from business and government will address the importance of trade liberalization, supply chains, and how new, regional trade arrangements can help ensure a greater abundance of safe, healthy and affordable food.

Cities of the Future

The tragic earthquake that devastated Christchurch in 2011 offers New Zealand and the world a unique opportunity to create a city of the future.  This commitment not just to rebuild, but to reinvent Christchurch as a model for other cities will result in new discoveries about sustainability, economic growth and next century infrastructure.  The city’s blueprint for recovery has received international praise for its vision of a green, accessible, striking, dynamic center for residents, businesses and visitors. The session will discuss plans to modernize the social, economic, cultural and environmental footprint of Christchurch.  A panel of city planners, architects, investors and recovery experts will describe the challenges involved, lessons to be learned, and their relevance to every urban area in the world.

US – NZ Partnership in Security

In recent years, with the signing of the Wellington and Washington Declarations, the United States and New Zealand have established a new strategic partnership to promote closer cooperation, strengthen defense relations, and reaffirm a shared commitment to security issues.  Two panels will discuss examples of business-to-business partnerships and government-supported R&D.

This second session will explore how the U.S. government is a strategic partner for New Zealand in shared research and product development. Panelists will describe how the 2010 Science and Technology agreement between the US and the Department of Homeland security (DHS) and other U.S. agencies is producing benefits for companies, government and the wider public in both countries.

Sustainability

Business leaders and policy-makers are waking up to an inevitable and unavoidable truth:  The economy and the environment are deeply intertwined.  In this new, more complicated and interconnected world, environmental strategy will be a competitive differentiator worldwide.  New Zealand and the United States are well positioned to be leaders in this “international green race” to achieve stronger economic performance, better-paying jobs, improved public health, and a cleaner, sustainable environment. The session will illustrate how New Zealanders and Americans are working together on green growth strategies, products and services that have benefits at home and in other markets.  Panelists will explore the appropriate role of governments in supporting innovation and commercializing sustainability.

Creativity and Innovation in Technology

 The collaboration between Hollywood and Wellington is changing the film sector with new services, technologies, and distribution channels. It’s also spurring economic growth and innovation in sectors far beyond movies. Communications, marketing and digital imaging are all part of the new focus on fostering creativity as a competitive advantage – for companies and countries. With this new emphasis come questions about intellectual property, trade and the free flow of ideas across borders. Using the US and NZ screen sectors as a starting point for discussion, this session will explore how creativity and innovation contribute to the economy. The panel will discuss trends in other businesses, and the challenges and opportunities ahead in a global economy for high skill, high wage countries like the US and NZ.

Life Sciences

Every day, NZ and US researchers, scientists and business people strive to improve the health of people in their own countries and around the world.  By investing in new treatments, technologies, research and people, companies are making diagnostics more reliable, medicines more accessible and the delivery of health care more effective.  This is an important growth area for both countries, particularly in biotechnology, innovative medicines, and new ways to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases in emerging markets. The session will discuss a wide range of issues that affect the well-being of societies, from the role of government in R&D and regulation to challenges faced by innovative start-ups and global pharmaceutical companies alike.  Panelists will focus on shared US-NZ interests and opportunities.