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Building the Southern Link Conference

June 25, 2019

CARI       Fudan University  

There is an opportunity to make New Zealand a major and natural connection point between China and South America – it’s called the Southern Link.  The idea has been talked about for some time.  China’s Belt and Road Initiative provides a framework to make it a reality.

This international conference to be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 25 June is the opportunity to build a value proposition for the concept and to put together a coalition to take it forward.

The conference aims to further develop the value proposition of the Southern Link by:

  • Bringing together around 200 international experts and key stakeholders to discuss these ideas, identify potential coalition partners and develop recommendations to governments
  • Identifying opportunities and challenges and outlining the scope of potential projects between the three partners (China, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and potentially other interested countries in South America) which would help turn the theory behind the idea into practice
  • Developing a sense of the value that could be created by trilateral co-operation – including, from a NZ perspective, the added value that could be created for our relationships with both China and South America
  • Continuing to focus government, business and public attention on the opportunities for leverage arising from participation in BRI.

The conference is not a one-off event. It is designed to have impact and to set an agenda for further work. Its legacy will be to establish a coalition of interested commercial and other parties to progress the Southern Link.


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Please note this programme is subject to change.

Tuesday 25 June 2019

0730 Registration at the Aotea Centre, downtown Auckland
0830 Opening moment and welcome to guests
0845 Scene setting presentation
0915 Key note address by international expert
0945 Morning tea
1015 “The Big Picture – the strategic opportunity of trilateral co-operation” – Panel of co-host representatives from China, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina
1200 Lunch – including address

Building the value proposition, identifying the challenges – concurrent small group sessions focused on:

  • Movement of people (tourists, students)
  • Movement goods (multi-modal freight, e-commerce and parcel post)
  • Business co-operation (trade hubs, supply chain)
  • Other interests
1530 Afternoon tea
1600 Report back from the small group sessions
1630 Conclusions, summing up, next steps. recommendations to governments
1700 Closure with networking drinks


Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. 

Registration Fees

Please note: All fees and prices are in NZD and inclusive of GST.

Earlybird (until 5 June 2019) Standard (from 6 June 2019)
Delegate Registration $450 $500

Registration Information

Method of Payment

Payments can be made via the following methods:

Credit cards: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa,

Bank transfer (New Zealand delegates only). Bank details will be supplied on your tax invoice if requested. Please email a remittance advice to southernlink@theconferencecompany.com.

Cancellation of Registration

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Should you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you may reassign your registration to another person. Please notify The Conference Company of the replacement delegate’s name and contact details. If you cancel your registration prior to 24 May 2019 you will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of NZ$100. Cancellations made after that date will not be refunded.

Phone: +64 9 360 1240

Email: southernlink@theconferencecompany.com

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