The delegation of more than 140 industry players, including 75 Kiwi companies, senior trade officials, ministers and government representatives travelled to China as a part of Air New Zealand’s launch of its first direct flight to Shanghai. The trade delegation headed by New Zealand Minister of Trade, Mr Phil Goff, was organised as exporters begin preparing for a possible free trade agreement with the emerging economic giant.
One of the key events during the trade mission was the launch of the first global talent centre (GTC) targeted at the professional NZ expatriate community living around the world. The joint venture between Logistics Recruitment and Kiwi Expat Association (KEA) will connect over 21,000 New Zealanders in 174 countries across the globe. The GTC has been established to provide an online job and career service that links talented NZ expatriates with premium career opportunities around the world.
Darryl Judd, General Manager, Logistics Recruitment, flew out from Australia to jointly launch the GTC in China and to speak about international talent pools and the benefits that expatriates can bring to the international Supply Chain & Logistics Industry.
As Logistics Recruitment already has established offices in China and understands the industry and market it was only fitting that provides the international infrastructure and networks to develop the GTC. The GTC is the perfectly positioned for talent exchange between China and New Zealand; talent being one of valuable exports in the global economy.
Logistics Recruitment has an extensive talent pool of expatriates and can work with local companies to find the right person to suit their business needs.
Their services offering in the China market encompasses: executive search, senior management recruitment, middle management recruitment, specialist technical recruitment such as engineers. Specialist Services are also available such as: Supply Chain consulting and education and Recruitment training.
Logistics Recruitment aims to train and educate the local market about the industry as a whole and the bigger picture visions for globalisation of Chinese businesses.
Logistics Recruitment can assist locals to better understand top management decisions and incorporate this in to their businesses, and the flow-on-effect will ensure that the local market is more effective and efficient.
Objectives of GTC:
- To be a must-visit website for senior career opportunities within the Global expat community and domestic NZ market.
- To attract top talent to the Kea network; New Zealand nationals and others seeking to either work in NZ, or for NZ companies in their local market.
- To support businesses in their talent sourcing strategies by leveraging off the experiences and resources within the Kea network.
- To provide a flexible, inclusive channel that significantly contributes to the growth and prosperity of New Zealand.
According to Logistics Recruitment, it is going to supporting further events in Shanghai to enhance the relationship NZ enjoys with China. With the relationship with Kea GTC, Logistics Recruitment can support the global New Zealand community in their career and commercial aspirations.
Logistics Recruitment are a large NZ owned recruitment company operating outside of the New Zealand market. With a global presence and a new office in Shanghai, Logistics Recruitment constantly assesses potential candidates for existing and pending positions, and over time this has enabled them to create a bank of pre-qualified candidates within the Logistics and Supply Chain sectors.
Background on the New Zealand trade delegation:
- The NZ delegation included David Irving, former head of Watties for some 23 years and the former chairman of ENZA, Stuart Ferguson, Chairman of the NZ China Trade Association and Wen Powles the NZ Consulate General - Shanghai.
- Other Key attendees included; Hon Phil Goff, Minister of Trade, Hon Kerry Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington, Hon Peter (Wing Ho) Chin, Mayor of Dunedin, Hon Kevin Winters, Mayor of Rotorua, Phil Lough and Tim Gibson, Chair and Chief Executive of NZ Trade & Enterprise, George Hickton, Chief Executive of Tourism NZ, Tony Browne, NZ Ambassador to China.
Background on trade between NZ and China:
- China is the fourth biggest trading partner of new Zealand and its fourth largest export market.
- Trade between the two countries totalled NZ $ 5.6 Billion last year, up 9 percent over a year ago. China had invested NZ$ 1.4 Billion in New Zealand by 2005.