[27 April/The Country]

Alibaba Group Chief Executive, Daniel Zhang, will meet business leaders and heads of government agencies, but did not have any formal meetings planned with ministers during his trip to New Zealand. Alibaba has invited government agencies to several events where Mr Zhang will talk about its own enterprise and global initiatives. A spokeswomen for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that given the business focus of Mr Zhang’s programme, he was not scheduled to meet any ministers at this stage. Alibaba and NZTE signed a memorandum of understanding for discussions to strengthen trade between New Zealand and China in 2016. E-commerce was an area both countries agreed fell within the scope of negotiations. Fonterra had recently launched a fresh milk product in China in partnership with Alibaba’s Hema Fresh retail concept.