2019 CONFERENCE - 18-19 september 2019, kashiwa, Chiba, japan

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kashiwa-no-ha. Click here for their English website.
For hotel bookings, click here. Dates available are between 15 and 22 September 2019

Further conference details will be available shortly.


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Conference Programme


Japan is New Zealand's fourth largest trade partner, fifth largest source of foreign direct investment, third largest source of overseas students, and fourth largest source of tourists. 

Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan, the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games 2020, and the Americas Cup 2021 Auckland are major international events set to be hosted in Japan and New Zealand that will to bring people together, capture the imagination of the public, and showcase the innovation and creativity of both countries.

With the prospect also of New Zealand-Japan free trade relations in a completed CPTPP,  and both countries common-minded on  the need to address climate change and many other pressing global issues to underpin sustainable development, the JNZBC conference will focus on the opportunities and the challenges for both countries to do more together.

In particular, under the theme "Japan and New Zealand: Partners in Progress" the conference is set to address:

Infrastructure & Investment
New Zealand elected a new Government in 2017, which changed the near-term pipeline for infrastructure delivery and PPPs in NZ. The new Government has announced some ambitious new initiatives including; Kiwibuild, Provincial Growth Fund, Crown Infrastructure Partners, a new independent Infrastructure entity, and upcoming projects include Auckland Light Rail and Penlink. Despite the initial change in the near-term pipeline, there is urgent need for increased investment in infrastructure in NZ, and the Government is willing to partner with the private sector to deliver its ambitious initiatives.

At the conference, Bank of New Zealand will host the plenary session on Infrastructure & Investment, with Stephen Selwood, CEO Infrastructure NZ, presenting on major infrastructure challenges and opportunities in NZ. This will be followed by a panel discussion, and the opportunity for conference attendees to ask questions of the NZ infrastructure industry experts on the panel. The Infrastructure & Investment session will focus in particular on transport and housing, sectors where there are opportunities for Japanese investors and contractors to bring capital, construction expertise and innovation to the NZ infrastructure market.

Renewable Energies - Joint Opportunities in Geothermal
Speakers from the Geothermal Institute (University of Auckland), Geothermal NZ (industry association), Upflow and IESE (NZ consulting/services companies) will join Mr Nobuyuki Ogura (Chairman Japan Geothermal Association) and Dr Koichi Tagomori (Managing Director West Jec) to explore NZ and Japan’s experiences in geothermal energy – with a view to how each country can build on past achievements to ensure future success.

Attendees at the Japan NZ Business Council conference are welcome to register also for the NZ Geothermal Workshop (www.geothermalworkshop.co.nz) in Taupo November 14 to 16, or to attend public celebrations of the Wairakei’s field 60th anniversary on November 17th.

Forestry will be a major topic at this year's conference with Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry, Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Regional Economic Development,  speaking on the government's plans for New Zealand’s forests, including the Billion Tree program, formation of Te Uru Rākau and CarbonZero 2050 goals. The session will be chaired by Dr Julian Elder, CEO, Scion - the New Zealand government research institute that provides technical and scientific capability in forestry, wood products and bioproducts research and development with a high-value manufacturing focus.  Operating for more than 70 years from its headquarters in Rotorua, Scion's mission is to enhance New Zealand’s prosperity, well-being and environment through trees.

Scion is working closely with many partners in the forestry sector including from Japan: Oji Holdings, Oji Fibre Solutions, Pan Pac, Sumitomo Forestry, Nelson Pine, Sumitomo Corp, Summit Forests, Juken, Daiken, WoodOne, Aica, Itochu and Mitsui in developing solutions for pulp and paper, biobased adhesives, biobased plastics, bioenergy and a range of advanced construction materials, leading to more sustainable products for a more sustainable planet. To deliver this Scion is establishing a Circular BioEconomy cluster called Te Ōhanga (the Nest) and is partnering with the NZ government to create BioPilot infrastructure that will be available for industry partners to use. 

Food & Agriculture - agri-business - the role of innovation, robotisation and functional foods; and Tourism - the growing importance of the sector to both economies, are also on the agenda. 

Industry tours remain integral to the programme as an opportunity for delegates to get outside the conference room setting and see something of local business and the economy at first hand.  This year we are working with Uniservices and Viclink to showcase some of the cutting-edge research being done at Auckland and Victoria universities of potential commercial interest to New Zealand and Japanese entrepreneurs and investors.

 To complete the picture, Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, Minister for Sports and Recreation, and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, will be guest speaker at the conference dinner on 20 November.  This promises to be a special evening - an occasion to invite your business colleagues and friends.

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