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November 11, 2019

New Zealand China Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi will step down from the role at the end of December. 

Jacobi has held the position of Executive Director since 2016.  New Zealand China Council Chair Sir Don McKinnon says Jacobi has helped to advance the Council’s goal of building a stronger and more resilient relationship with China. 

“Stephen has made a lasting contribution through his careful engagement with Council members and stakeholders in both New Zealand and China. 

“He has looked for new opportunities to engage with China including identifying opportunities through the Belt and Road Initiative and by building the Southern Link, positioning New Zealand as a conduit between China and South America for trade, travel and tourism.  

“He has also raised public awareness of the importance of the relationship as a frequent and effective media commentator. 

“Stephen is stepping down from his role at a time when our relationship with China is in particularly good heart following the successful upgrade of our Free Trade Agreement last month. I’m sure he will move onto his next challenge with a justifiable sense of satisfaction. We wish him well for whatever he chooses to tackle next,” Sir Don says.   

Sir Don said a search for a new Executive Director is now underway and the appointment will be announced in due course.  

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