BAUANTINE. Colin (NAO)
RE: World Bank conference - follow-up
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 7:34:00 p.m.
Here's a brief Bio as requested.
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From: BALLANTINE, Colin(NAO)[mailto:[email address]. z]
Sent: Monday, 11 November 2019 3:07 p.m.
To: [email address]; Robert Muir
Cc: Emma Miles-Buckler;
ie.govt.nz; ,C HILL, Lucy (BEi); Simon Gallagher
Subject: World Bank
deborah.lynch@mb conference -
Hi Ross and Robbie (and Simon)
It was great to have you at MF Ton Friday. We are really looking forward to you going to China
I have attached our'latest bilateral trade
under stats (in case you want to refer to these in small-talk
with officials)ls well as an etiquette and protocol guide (which is much more detailed than you
will need- just r�member to bring lots of business cards). I have also attached the latest version
of the P.rogr:amme.
We 1fate also just received confirmation of a fourth panellist from New Zealand. Jamie
Thompson of Customs
Released has accepted an invitation to speak on the 'Trading Across Borders'
indicator. Jamie has a long history with China and with trade negotiations, and will be a great
addition to the group. He will be travelling to Beijing from Hanoi for the conference. Jamie will be
staying at Hotel Jen, where I believe both of you will be too.
A few further points for you:
- could I please get from you by COP Wednesday your passport details
(i.e. the bio page)? This is for security requirements to let you into the conference on the
– please send me your visa when it comes through so I can make sure you’ve
got the right visa (and fix it if it’s incorrect).
– let’s meet up this week and I can get your visa application lodged at the
– I’ll lodge your application at the same time as I do Simon’s (and Ross’
changes, if needed).
As we said on Friday, we will take your guidance on what you think would be good to
include in the speeches. Aside from explaining the law changes needed to get to where
we are, as well as cutting edge tech we use in delivering our services, Ross’ point about
the culture shift also sounds good.
Other key points on presentations:
o We need your PowerPoints by this Friday, to be translated in time.Act
o In terms of acknowledgements, we are following this up. The full list of VIPs has
not yet been revealed to us, and may not be until the conference itself,
particularly if Premier Li is speaking as is rumoured.
o It would be great if you could insert some New Zealand-China relationship lines
into your speeches – these could be:
Quoting the Prime Minister who has said many times that
New Zealand’s relationship with China is one of our most important and
Noting that as our largest trading partner, and our largest export
market, China is crucial for the prosperity of New Zealanders – a good
business environment in China is good for New Zealand, and that is why
we are so engaged with China on improving its ‘Ease of Doing Business’
§ We do not think you need to insert any Chinese language phrases into your
speeches, but if you wanted to, you could use:
Dah Jia Hao (dah jah how) – hello everyone (in the introduction)
Xie Xie (shear shear) – thank you (in the conclusion)
We have also just received a request to provide biographies of the speakers to the
organisers. Can you please provide this by COP Wednesday? Just a few paragraphs.
We are working to get you both a pull-aside or meeting with the World Bank’s China
team. There will also be a chance to meet with Clare (our Ambassador) and Ben King,
likely for dinner on Friday night after the conference. In addition:
– Rachel and I will be in touch separately about your IP
– given you are now arriving on the Thursday morning, we are
investigating a possible call for you on the Ministry of Natural Resources on the
Thursday afternoon (you are only meeting the think-tank in Wellington on the
Wednesday – not the actual Ministry).
Also, in case I haven't already introduced you on emails, Lucy Coghill
(CC'd) will be your key
point of contact on the ground in Beijing. She is a Second Secretary in our Embassy there. Lucy
has arranged your airport transfers. Her mobile is�
If you have any queries, let me know.
North Asia Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade I Manatu Aorere
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Robert Muir LLB (Otago)
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Registrar-General of Land
Robbie has worked in land title registration for much of his career. He has held the position of
Registrar-General of Land for New Zealand since 2000, heading one of the regulatory units within
Land Information New Zealand.
Robbie was centrally involved in the development of the Landonline system and related law reforms
to enable computerised land registration. His office has also worked with the New Zealand Law
Commission on a broader legislative review which led to the enactment of the Land Transfer Act
Robbie also currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Stewardship at Land
Information New Zealand.
He has presented at numerous seminars and conferences on property law and land registration over
the course of his career.