DAWN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011 —
Message from New Zealand High Commissioner to Pakistan
Message from High Commissioner of Pakistan to New Zealand
irstly, I congratulate the Pakistan cricket team on their well deserved victory over New Zealand in the recent test series. The one-day series has been a little more competitive so I hope that the next time Pakistan and New Zealand meet it will be in the Cricket World Cup Final in April.
There is much more than cricket, however, to the bonds between New Zealand and Pakistan. We are probably in each others lives more than we realise, with New Zealand importing large amounts of Pakistani linen and Pakistan consuming the same amount of New Zealand dairy produce. But, there are still substantial opportunities to improve our economic relationship, especially in key areas such as agriculture and education. New Zealand’s global reputation for excellence in the dairy sector, from farm management through to processing, means there are great opportunities for New Zealand and Pakistan to work together in successful commercial partnerships to build our respective dairy interests. Joint ventures could come in the form of research collaboration, especially as New Zealand is privileged to host some of Pakistan’s best students for postgraduate study. Currently around 140 students attend New Zealand universities and we look forward to welcoming many more. Pakistan and New Zealand still have much to learn from one another. We can do this by seeing more of each other, not just on the cricket pitch but across all fields - New Zealanders supporting the rebuilding work across Pakistan as a result of 2005 earthquake and last year’s devastating floods and Pakistanis seeking to add value to the agriculture sector by tapping into New Zealand expertise. Let’s engage more closely, now! ■
Message from Honorary Consul General to Pakistan
t is my pleasure to felicitate the Dawn Media Group on their initiative to publish a Special Report on New Zealand. Pakistan and New Zealand, though located far apart in physical distance, but share common bonds, to name few, English language, passion for cricket, and yearning to make the world a peaceful place upholding the principles of the UN Charter.
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Pakistan-New Zealand ties since opening of the Pakistan High Commission at Wellington, in May 2006, have seen an upsurge in overall bilateral relations. Our cooperation in fields of education and two way trade has seen a noticeable improvement. We have over 130 Higher Education Commission (HEC), fully funded PhD scholars, currently in various Universities of New Zealand. I am sure when these scholars will return to Pakistan, the country will benefit from their accomplishments. Our two way trade around NZ $140 million, though modest, at this stage has vast scope and potential to enhance the mutually beneficial trade ties. It is my earnest endeavour to widen the areas of commercial cooperation between our two countries. New Zealand, amongst others, excels in many areas such as agriculture, livestock, forestry, veterinary science, dairy processing and IT, fields in which, Pakistan can benefit from the Kiwi expertise. The recent formation of the New Zealand-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the New Zealand Parliament, is a landmark development. The 12-member Group representing the both sides of aisle will provide an impetus in bringing our two Parliaments and people further closer. New Zealand educational institutions offer exciting opportunities to students looking for quality higher education at competitive costs. I would encourage our students to explore prospects of academic opportunities in various disciplines in New Zealand. The recently announced special visas scheme for overseas students, effective February, 2011, is a manifestation of the New Zealand government’s desire to encourage international students to make New Zealand as their educational destination. I would conclude by again commending the Dawn Media Group for their efforts to introduce New Zealand as an education destination to prospective Pakistani student’s will become an invaluable link between our two countries. ■
hen you think of New Zealand, an image of rolling green hills, endless blue ocean and miles and miles of unspoilt coastline comes to mind. But there is a lot more to the country than simply a beautiful setting. As a young country, New Zealand has formed a unique culture of innovation and adaptability and has propelled itself into world leadership in many fields, including agriculture, education, food and beverage and information and communications technologies (ICT). New Zealand is a straightforward country to do business with. It has an efficient, market-oriented economy, a stable and secure business environment and a quality infrastructure. The World Bank recently rated New Zealand as the easiest country to start a business in and the second easiest in which to do business, in its Doing Business in 2010 report. Key strengths lie in the labour market, which is renowned for being flexible and accommodating. Coupled with a highly educated and multi-skilled workforce, it propels New Zealand forward as a key economy for other countries to grow trade relations. Pakistan has been an important growth market for New Zealand in recent years, exporting a variety of goods including dairy products, wood products, machinery, electrical products and appliances to the south Asian country. New Zealand sees Pakistan as encompassing a wealth of business opportunities, which if handled correctly, will allow both countries to reap the benefits. Current exports from New Zealand to Pakistan are valued at approximately US$71.3 million and are continuing to increase at a steady rate. New Zealanders have already played a consultative role for a number of areas of economic growth, including advising the government and farmers of the Pakistan Dairy Development Company in Lahore how to increase productivity. New Zealand expertise was also used to consult on the feasibility of a clean technology project aimed at generating 25 MW of electricity and fertiliser from dung of cattle at Landhi Cattle Colony. But this is only the beginning. Utilising New Zealand’s world-class reputation for
trade relationship set to expand
Message from Member of Parliament, New Zealand
n 1989 the then New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade led New Zealand’s very first trade mission to Pakistan. Since then many significant developments have taken place between the two countries in the areas as of Dairy & Agriculture, Education and Textiles.
‘Relations between New Zealand and Pakistan go beyond cricket.’ or Dr Ashraf Choudhary, the first Muslim member of the New Zealand Parliament, his journey from the foothills of Kashmir, Pakistani led him to explore agriculture in NZ in 1976. A graduate in agricultural engineering, he eventually became an associate professor at Massey University based in Dr Ashraf Choudhary Palmerston North. A long history of involvement in Muslim and ethnic communities led to his becoming a Member of Parliament in 2002. There are many other Pakistani migrants who have followed in Dr Choudhary’s footsteps, with over 150 PHD Pakistani students studying in NZ universities. An exchange the NZ Government hopes will continue to grow. “Relations between New Zealand and Pakistan go way beyond cricket,” Dr Choudhary says. “There are approximately 50,000 Muslims in NZ and their contribution to the economy has been significant, particularly in relation to education, agriculture, trade and Animal Production.”
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Pakistan being the fifth largest producer of milk is now passing through a White Revolution. Pakistan Dairy Development Company initially received assistance in skill development from New Zealand and now it has more than 1000 model farms. There is a tremendous scope for technical collaboration between the private sector of both the countries in dairy farming, improving animal health, as well enhancing the production of milk and its processing into high quality butter and cheese. Following the first Presidential visit to New Zealand in 2005, Pakistan Higher Education Commission has opened the doors for many scholars to pursue Doctorates in prestigious New Zealand universities. It is expected that with such high quality education they will be able to contribute to the growth of Pakistan in a number of ways. At the same time their presence has enabled New Zealand citizens to learn and know about the culture of Pakistan. New Zealand, with its population of 4.4 Million is a small market for Pakistan, yet besides sporting goods, Pakistan enjoys a substantial share in New Zealand’s textiles market, particularly in towels. Now that Pakistan is focusing on alternate energy sources, New Zealand can offer expertise in Bio-Gas and Wind Power. New Zealand, often judged the least corrupt country in the world, can also share its experience of successful privatization and good governance. During last two decades the New Zealand High Commission has given numerous small grants to Pakistani NGO’s to promote literacy, quality health, clean drinking water and community development. While mountaineers from New Zealand have been coming to Pakistan for many years on climbing expedition, visitors to New Zealand from Pakistan have also increased to attend conferences or to see some of the world’s top tourist attractions, such as Queenstown and the Milford Sound. ■
Other contributions involve increased understanding of the Muslim way of life, with organisations such as, The Federation of Islamic Association of NZ, who launched an Islam Awareness Week, opening doors of mosques around the country each year for the community. To help maintain the bridge between NZ and Pakistan Dr Choudhary established a twelve-member NZ-Pakistan Friendship Group in NZ Parliament in 2010. Dr Choudhary says his recent meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah MahmoodQureshi expressed wholehearted support for the group and it encouraged a visit to NZ in the near future. “We discussed ways and means to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of higher education, horticulture, dairy processing techniques and agriculture,” Dr Choudhary says. “The Foreign Minister underscored convening of an inaugural Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting during his visit to NZ in the near future, and explore Free Trade Agreement between the two countries” he says. The Minister also acknowledged gratitude on behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan for relief assistance of US$ 2.87 million in the wake of recent floods in Pakistan. Dr Choudhary says he came into politics to make a difference. “As a Muslim, I believe strongly in fairness and justice and equality. I’ve encouraged people from all migrant communities to become involved in the decision-making process at all levels. That’s the way I see people integrate well into society.” ■
innovation and excellence, the country is taking steps to expand trade opportunities to benefit Pakistan in many other areas. Renewable energy, food processing and the service industries are sectors in which New Zealand sees potential to expand in the future. With New Zealand imports from Pakistan valued at US$43.4 million and likely to continue, the benefits are mutual. With the growth in trade between the two countries, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the government’s national economic development agency, plays a significant role. The agency provides vital assistance to New Zealand industries and companies looking to grow in other parts of the world, such as Pakistan. Through its global network of offices, NZTE works with international businesses and investors, connecting them to new business opportunities. NZTE is also looking to encourage more of New Zealand’s well-known brands to establish themselves in Pakistan, which will have an overall benefit to both countries. Pumpkin Patch, the well known children’s clothing store from New Zealand, is already proving popular with shoppers. So, although there are some challenges, the commercial interests of Pakistan are steadily growing, projecting a positive future. The New Zealand Government has an ambitious aim - to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for the country’s 4 million plus inhabitants as part of the Economic Growth Agenda. This target comes with significant challenges, mainly as it requires the country to nearly treble the value of exports to nearer NZ$160 billion (US$124 billion) over the next 15 years. The government is working to achieve this through six key areas, including support for science, innovation and trade. New Zealand is aware that it cannot achieve this goal by relying upon a ‘business as usual’ mantra, and growing trade with fast developing countries, such as Pakistan, is crucial to its success. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has an office in Karachi, which is run by Country Manager, Ejaz Khan. If you are interested in New Zealand trade and investment opportunities please contact Ejaz Khan on email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
New Zealand: home for fresh ideas
ew Zealand has never been closer to the rest of the world. Online communications and advances in international transport mean local institutions and industries can easily participate in world markets. Our passion for experiencing other cultures and countries has earned New Zealanders the reputation of being the world’s greatest travellers. New Zealand is a compact country and highly responsive to the changing needs of global communities and international business. We are keen observers of emerging trends and are inclined to adopt new technologies early and successfully. In the 1980s, for example, we were the first country in the world to trial electronic payment systems (EFTPOS). When Wellington local Peter Jackson directed the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy he chose to shoot and produce the films entirely in New Zealand. Our global connectedness made it possible to open a branch of Hollywood in the South Pacific. New Zealand is the natural home for fresh ideas. Young and free of constricting traditions, New Zealand has learned to be self-reliant and to forge its own way in the world. New Zealand’s youth and fresh outlook make it the natural home for fresh ideas. This innovative thinking is reflected in the way we teach and learn. Our education system encourages inventive thinking and teaching techniques that reach far beyond traditional rote learning. Our innovative approach to learning — and esteemed qualifications — are highly valued by the world’s business and community leaders. New Zealanders who embody this inventive spirit include Bert Munro - who broke world speed records on an Indian motorbike he had modified in his garage, Richard Taylor - whose Weta Workshop created the stunning visual
effects in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and Alan MacDiarmid - winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Our qualifications are highly valued by the world’s business and community leaders. As a former British colony, New Zealand’s education system is based on the prestigious British system. We offer world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff, and our qualifications are valued and transferable throughout the world. The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranks New Zealand’s school system very highly. PISA is a 3 yearly survey of the achievement levels of 15-year old students in major industrialised countries. New Zealand consistently ranks at or near the top across a range of student achievement indicators. In the latest PISA studies, New Zealand’s 15 year olds placed among the top four OECD country results for reading and science, and among the top eight for mathematics. New Zealand’s universities perform very highly on a global level. Many feature in international university rankings like the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 500 and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500. Get a personalised education in a friendly and caring environment In New Zealand, every student enjoys a supportive learning environment. With relatively small class sizes, students receive more personalised attention from their teachers than they do in other parts of the world. Students are treated as individuals - you’re encouraged to learn from others but also to think for yourself. You’ll learn how to harness your unique strengths and original ideas and channel them into an exciting career. For international students, this personalised
treatment extends beyond the classroom. New Zealand was the first country to adopt a code of practice that sets out standards for the care of international students, in and out of the classroom. All institutions that host international students have staff dedicated to ensuring their time in New Zealand is happy and successful. Launch yourself into life of adventure and excitement in New Zealand New Zealand is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers. In a pristine natural environment of mountains, lakes and coast, you’ll find a dazzling array of pulse-quickening activities that are easily accessible and affordable. Sir Edmund Hilary, perhaps New Zealand’s greatest adventure hero, was the first man to stand on the summit of Mt Everest. His adventurous spirit conquered the world’s harshest environment and profoundly influenced our national psyche. When New Zealanders’ adventurous spirit mixes with our natural inventiveness the results can be world-changing. When AJ Hackett and friends started throwing themselves off bridges attached by oversized rubber bands they invented a global phenomenon now known as bungy jumping. Zorbing is a recent addition to the long list of quirky adventure activities with a uniquely Kiwi heritage. Where else in the world can you roll down a hill in a giant rubber ball? Enjoy cafes, restaurants, live music and bars as good as anywhere in the world. New Zealand’s scenic beauty is world renowned. But many visitors are surprised to discover an energetic, modern society among the mountains, rivers and coast. As an international student in New Zealand you’ll enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle and high quality, affordable accommodation. You’ll probably live close to where you learn so classes, as well as social
opportunities, are easy to get to. New Zealand cities have their own special character, but they’re all a rich blend of nightlife, cafes, movies and shopping. New Zealand has a rich arts heritage with professional theatre and orchestras, and a thriving live music scene. The film industry is known for its quirky hits loved in art house cinemas around the world, and major blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and King Kong. With so much to see and do, it’s little wonder that New Zealand cafes serve some of the world’s strongest coffee. Move to New Zealand and make yourself at home New Zealanders are a famously hospitable people with a lively interest in other cultures. An education here is frequently the beginning of lifelong friendships. New Zealand is a rich mix of cultures - including Maori, Pakeha (European descent), Asian and Pacific peoples. An increasing number of African and Latin American people also call New Zealand home. Beyond the warm welcome, you’ll find a place where safety and security are valued. New Zealand has strong guidelines for education and home stay providers to ensure international students are always well looked after. New Zealanders are known as the world’s greatest travellers. We love to experience new cultures and we know what it’s like to be new in another country. We like to feel welcome when we’re overseas — and we return the favour to our international students. Outdoor lifestyle The mild climate means outdoor recreation is an important part of the Kiwi way of life. Water sports and tramping (hiking) are very popular. In summer, people are encouraged to ‘slip, slop, slap’ - slip on a long-sleeved shirt, slop on some sunblock, and slap on a hat - to protect them from
cancer-causing sunburn. It’s easy to get sunburnt here, even on cool or cloudy days, as the sun in New Zealand has strong UV rays. Scholarships New Zealand International Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand. World class education New Zealand provides opportunities to study under internationally recognised academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Qualifications from New Zealand universities rank with the world’s best and have a reputation for being practical and modern. In some niche areas, such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are acknowledged as world-leading. Students educated here are earning a reputation as a new breed of innovative thinkers, and enjoying success the world over. International partnerships Our international scholarships reflect the Government’s commitment to strengthening educational partnerships with other countries and regions. The scholarship programme aims to share New Zealand’s excellent education system with the rest of the world, and bring the best academics from elsewhere to share their knowledge. If you have any questions about the scholarships listed below, please contact the Education New Zealand Scholarships Manager - email@example.com Incoming Scholarships for International Students •A World Class Opportunity - LEARN Fellowships •New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships. ■