Posted by: Michael Whitehead
New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser, knows a thing or two about international trade.
His profile on the official New Zealand Government website (named beehive.govt.nz – who knew?) states “Tim is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international trade. Prior to being elected as a member of Parliament in 2005 he was New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Chair of Agricultural Negotiations for the WTO.”
The Minister recently visited WhereScape’s New Zealand headquarters where we talked through some of the advantages and challenges of being a New Zealand tech company.
Tech is important to New Zealand. According to Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of the Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand Inc, the tech sector’s total export value is second only to dairy. In WhereScape’s case, 75% of our customers are outside New Zealand.
We appreciated the opportunity to meet the Minister, and enjoyed hearing his perspective on global trade. While we face some of the challenges of the commodity exporters, it is certainly easier being in the digital side of the business.
Our thanks to NZTE for organizing the visit, and we intend to keep up the work we are doing and continue to develop award winning software that delivers value all across the world.