Minister Opens New Zealand Technology Centre At Phase Z.Ro
Centre to serve as a base for New Zealand technology exporters to expand their reach in the Singapore and Asian markets
Singapore, 13 September 2002 – Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton officially opened Trade New Zealand’s “New
Zealand Technology Centre” (NZTC) at the Phase Z.Ro Technopreneur Park in Singapore today. Mr Sutton was accompanied by
Mr Raymond Lim, Singapore’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & Trade and Industry.
The NZTC, an initiative under the Trade New Zealand-run “beachheads programme”, enables New Zealand technology companies
to access business development services while operating from a low-cost environment. Open to ‘committed and capable’ New
Zealand exporters across a broad range of sectors including animation, software and electronics, the NZTC acts as a
stepping stone to Singapore and the wider Asian markets.
The NZTC is a tangible development under the Singapore-New Zealand Closer Economic Partnership agreement inked
approximately 18 months ago. Mr Sutton referred to the FTA and the similarity between Singapore and New Zealand at the
“Like the Government of Singapore, the New Zealand Government is acutely aware that small countries can never be content
with the status quo. We must constantly look for opportunities to do things differently. With this in mind, in addition
to fostering innovation parks in New Zealand, we are now working to establish modest but effective marketing
“beachheads” for New Zealand businesses seeking to develop new relationships in key markets,” Mr Sutton said.
Trade New Zealand has employed a business development manager to act as the “eyes and ears” of New Zealand companies in
the technology sector, with the aim of ensuring that business leads that are developed by New Zealand companies do not
Robert Skinner, Trade New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, said the project has the ability to add another
dimension to how New Zealand companies can develop the market.
“Singapore is a trusted and mature market for New Zealand exporters. One of the next challenges for New Zealand
companies is to expand their presence, either physically or virtually, and service their clients more efficiently. We
believe this exciting initiative paves the way for companies to achieve both of these objectives while remaining
cost-effective and practical.”
The NZTC is already assisting Synergy International, a successful New Zealand IT solutions company, and the tenants of
Auckland University of Technology’s Tech Park.
Mr Sutton formally opened the NZTC by saying: “It is a mark of the sincerity with which we regard our Closer Economic
Partnership ties with Singapore that we have chosen to set up our first such base, the New Zealand Technology Centre,
Trade New Zealand is investigating similar facilities in the United States and UK.