New Zealand and
Mexico business ties
Mexico is New Zealand’s largest trade partner in Latin America and our twenty-first largest export market overall, with two-way goods and services trade of over NZ$793 million in 2018.
New Zealand’s top exports to Mexico include dairy and meat products, and a wide range of New Zealand companies are also targeting Mexican opportunities in agribusiness, food processing, retail, construction, aviation, mining, health and pharmaceuticals. There is potential for New Zealand technologies to help Mexican businesses lift their productivity and profitability across these sectors.
Mexico and New Zealand have over 46 years of diplomatic relations. In recent years our relationship has broadened from a focus on trade and cooperation within international forums to include a wide range of business, research, political, cultural and people-to-people links.
A major recent milestone is the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), New Zealand’s first trade agreement with Mexico.
Meet our Acting
Elvira also is NZTE’s Country Manager. In Mexico, she is responsible for developing New Zealand’s commercial presence in country, Panamá and the Caribbean.
Elvira began her career as an Economist for the Colombian National Tax and Customs Direction, followed by a position as financial analyst at Colombian telecommunications company Telefónica Telecom. She later joined ING Bank as Economist within the Credit and Risk Department, undertaking macroeconomic and sector studies.
Elvira moved into international trade and business development with a role in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Trade’s Department of Competitiveness, where she worked on projects aimed at making Colombia a more competitive global player. She then became Deputy Director of Planning at Pro-Colombia where she was responsible for the design and implementation of strategies to enter new markets.
Elvira served as Senior Trade and Investment Officer and Deputy Director at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) for thirteen years beginning in 2003. She was responsible for developing the UK commercial presence in Colombia with a particular focus on agriculture, consumer goods, environment, retail, services, and transport.
Elvira holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science from Carleton University-Canada, a Masters in Economics from Javeriana University-Colombia, and a Postgraduate Degree in Management from The Open University in the United Kingdom.