Trade missions and business delegations
Trade missions and business delegations enhance Auckland's international connectivity. They strengthen business, political and cultural relationships in strategically important markets.
Companies from Auckland's priority sectors:
- information and communications technology (ICT)
- food and beverage
- international education
- entertainment (TV, screen and digital)
are invited to participate on these delegations.
Our global partnerships and strategy team manages these international initiatives in collaboration with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and other partners and stakeholders.
Past trade missions
In the past three years, Auckland business delegations have visited Australia, China, Korea, the Pacific, Taiwan and the United States (Los Angeles).
These missions have resulted in:
- city-led initiatives e.g. Tripartite Economic Alliance
- Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and joint venture signings
- new project collaborations
- investment opportunities
- valuable business and cultural connections
- new business development
- creation of jobs
- ongoing negotiations and relationships with our partner cities.
Tripartite Economic Alliance
The Tripartite Economic Alliance is an economic agreement among three cities – Auckland, Guangzhou and Los Angeles - to work together to create jobs and enhance trade and economic opportunities.
The three cities have identified four sectors where they will focus their energy on substantial cooperation: innovation, entertainment (TV, screen, digital), tourism, and education.
The agreement formalises a high-level political and strategic commitment, and initially will be three years long, with an option to extend if all the cities agree.
The inaugural Tripartite Economic Alliance Summit was held in Los Angeles in June 2015. Auckland hosted the second in May 2016, and Guangzhou will host in 2017.
For more information on the Los Angeles visit please read our case study: