China , an economic mission for Steven Joyce

China , an economic mission for Steven JoyceThe six-day trip to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Shenzhen in China is intended towards developing the growing relationship for Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

During his visit he would inaugurate China’s largest hi-tech event in Shenzhen, where eight New Zealand companies will be exhibiting

He will take part in meetings in Hangzhou - China's fourth-largest metropolis where he is expected to discuss about New Zealand's education, business and investment profile.

In a series of high profile events in Shanghai and Beijing Mr Joyce will host senior Chinese officials, company representatives and the media.

The idea of the meetings is to enhance the New Zealand brand and raise awareness about technology, education, food and beverage and investment opportunities.

In August, New Zealand's reputation as a safe and reliable food supplier was tarnished by the botulism scare, which turned out to be false. This tarnished the image of New Zealand which requires to be corrected now to rebuild consumer confidence in China.

New Zealand's biggest source of international students is China. Somehow the 24,400 Chinese students enrolled in 2012 were well below the 33,600 in 2006. Mr Joyce said in a statement, "Students from China now account for 27 per cent of the international student population in New Zealand, and contributed $800 million to the economy,"