The greater part of next week will see me, in my role as a board member of Enterprise North Canterbury, attending the Economic Development NZ Conference. The theme of the conference is “Growing an Export Economy” and it is a challenging time for this conference given the recent announcements by Fisher&Paykel Appliances that it will shift its NZ laundry appliance factory to Thailand and the possibility of Sleepyhead doing the same.
It is interesting to read about the incentives being offered to F&PA by the Thai government and perhaps time for us in New Zealand to look at these sorts of incentives. Talk fests and governments agencies can help, education is key, but at the end of the day these need to sit side by side with incentives to attract and retain businesses to our country.
In any case I’ll report back from the conference with any positive or novel concepts for dragging our economy out of its current mire.