Fran O’Sullivan sits down with Shanghai Pengxin Chief Executive, Jiang Lei as he speaks about the ongoing Crafar Farms saga as well as his company’s future investment plans in New Zealand.
Jiang Lei chief executive of Shanghai Pengxin says: “This year is the 40th year of the China and New Zealand relationship and the fourth year of the FTA.
“Looking forward, New Zealand and China have common interests and depend on each other. In my view there is a huge [level of] cooperation between us.
“Bilateral investments are very good for business. China got to where it is now in 30 years by opening its doors to foreign investors.
“Without overseas investments into China it would not have been able to grow.”
Lei says the New Zealand government should make an effort to make foreign investments easy.
“The government, in conjunction with the companies should create a group to make a healthy investment environment,” he says.
“We sincerely hope New Zealand people can open the door to foreign investors. There is no doubt that New Zealand needs foreign investment, but New Zealand needs to be more open and transparent and treat foreign investors fairly and equally.
“Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow.
“For entrepreneurs we need the courage to move forward and the spirit of innovation – sometimes it comes with a price.”
Lei says Pangxin is confident of its investment in NZ
“We have nothing to hide and would like to be the role model for investment in New Zealand,” he says.
“We want to lead the way to open the door for more companies working together.
“Together we can create a New Zealand / China innovation technology pact, that way we can use our strengths.
“In China , we have an old saying, ‘opportunities do not wait’. Let’s work together hand in hand, it is a winning situation for all of us.”