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New Zealand Tech Roadshow 2021 to foster partnerships between New Zealand and Korean technology companies

Jeong Jae-wook (left), head of Invest Seoul Center, and Stephen Blair (right), New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Korea, pose with Tony Garrett, Chairman of the Kiwi chamber at the New Zealand-Korea Tech Roadshow 2021. (Kiwi Chamber)
Jeong Jae-wook (left), head of Invest Seoul Center, and Stephen Blair (right), New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Korea, pose with Tony Garrett, Chairman of the Kiwi chamber at the New Zealand-Korea Tech Roadshow 2021. (Kiwi Chamber)
New Zealand’s chamber of commerce in Korea, or the Kiwi Chamber, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Invest Seoul Center jointly launched the two-day “New Zealand-Korea Tech Roadshow 2021” webinar Wednesday.

The tech roadshow aims to emphasize New Zealand‘s role as a testbed of agricultural technologies and its status as a global leader in the field.

Tech Roadshow 2021’s agenda is “People & Environment” focusing on innovative technologies overcoming COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

The roadshow will cover the investment environment, policies and market entry opportunities of participating countries, while companies with innovative technologies will share insights and experiences.

New Zealand Ambassador to Korea Philip Turner laid emphasis on collaboration between New Zealand and Korean technology in his opening remarks.

Turner said the tech roadshow demonstrates the importance of technology for the successful future of New Zealand and Korea, and that the previous two events facilitated the successful collaboration between numerous companies.

According to Turner, New Zealand’s technology industry accounted for 8 percent of its gross domestic product in 2020, an increase of 11.4 percent year-on-year, with exports of approximately $8.5 billion. 

“New Zealand technology industry will grow further through cooperation with Korean companies that are known for having world-class technology,” he added.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon stressed the corporate ties between Korea and New Zealand.

In his speech, Oh said that Korea and New Zealand’s tech industries will be able to build ties and share their knowledge behind excellent investment environments and startup ecosystems through this opportunity.

Oh expressed hope that the roadshow will serve as a steppingstone for tech companies in both Seoul and New Zealand to expand worldwide.

The roadshow will deliver presentations of New Zealand Agritech global alliances head Peter Wren-Hilton on “New Zealand’s AgTech Transformation” and “The Global Trend and Korea’s Opportunities,” by New Zealand’s trade commissioner to Korea, Stephen Blair.

According to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Korea’s food self-sufficiency rate is about 46 percent due to the aging of farm workers and the work being unattractive to younger people. However, New Zealand‘s leading agricultural technology solutions, such as vertical farm technology, farm management through precise data analysis and automation facilities using robotic systems, can maximize agricultural productivity and improve agricultural product quality.

“New Zealand has extensive farmland and vast ranches, making it an ideal test bed for Korean AgTech companies to apply and verify new technologies,” New Zealand Trade and Enterprise said.

The Kiwi Chamber chairman Tony Garrett said that New Zealand and Korea have already built a strong cooperative relationship in the fields of autonomous vehicles, regenerative medicine, robotics and Antarctic research, and hoped to actively engage in business exchanges with the Seoul Metropolitan Government seeking out investment and market entry opportunities.

He further said the event will discuss technology cooperation and business matching to form business partnerships among twelve pioneering companies in fields ranging from agricultural technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, bio-technology and educational technology to e-commerce.

NZTE, The Kiwi Chamber and Seoul Metropolitan Government have plans to continue one-on-one support for participating companies to find business opportunities.

By Sanjay Kumar (sanjaykumar@heraldcorp.com)
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