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Kia ora and welcome to our first newsletter

It’s been a busy few months here at the SEA CAPE. In this newsletter, we give you an update on the year so far and let you know about upcoming events and opportunities.
From the Southeast Asia CAPE team: Siah, Cecily, Carla, Katrina, and J’Dean.

Market Insights Programme launched at Victoria Business School

The launch of the Market Insights programme (MIP) on 26 July marked the beginning of a 12-week programme in which students share their specialised culture and market-specific knowledge with local businesses seeking export opportunities in Southeast Asia or Latin America. A parallel programme is being run in the Waikato region. 

In addition to working together, the students and business will attend a series of six expert-led workshops on topics such as branding and marketing, intercultural capability, and the New Zealand Business environment. 


Upcoming Event: Thailand - The hub of Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence has partnered with the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington and ExportNZ to host a public seminar on Thailand 4.0 by Deputy Permanent Secretary Arthayudh Srisamoot.

Mr Srisamoot will speak to audiences in Wellington (13 August) and Auckland (14 August) about Thailand's drive for a high-income economy through innovation, technology, R&D, and creative thinking. Register here for the Wellington event.


ASEAN@50 fellowships awarded

Five ASEAN fellowships have been awarded to scholars from Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The fellows were selected by a panel involving the SEA CAPE, MFAT and Victoria University’s Enabling our Asia-Pacific Trading Nation Theme.

The fellows will be in New Zealand in the latter part of the year and will take part in a customised 2-3 week programme. Visit our website to learn more about each fellow.


Calibrating New Zealand's Business Engagement with Asia

In collaboration with the Asia Forum and Victoria University of Wellington’s Enabling Our Asia-Pacific Trading Nation Distinctiveness Theme, we recently hosted Singaporean Businessman, Mr Stanley Tan ONZM. Stanley provided insights on the best way for New Zealand to engage with Asia for business. He spoke about building trust by nurturing long term and genuine two-way relationships.

Bahasa Indonesia: Supporting Southeast Asian Languages

We are proud to support the uptake of Southeast Asian languages through our Bahasa grant-in-aid scheme. The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology have jointly offered three introductory Bahasa courses. The courses have proven popular among students, industry professionals and companies alike. SEA CAPE provided a grant for each student who successfully completed the course.

In other news ...

We have partnered with the University of Waikato to send a group of eight Māori business students on the 2018 Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa study tour to Malaysia and Singapore in August.


Together with Young Enterprise and the NZ Chamber of Commerce in Singapore we sent a group of 10 high school students to Singapore to take part in a business challenge in April.


In January, 24 university students from across NZ embarked on a four-week study tour to understand business environments and opportunities in Southeast Asia.


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