New Zealand’s Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones met with top Alibaba officials in Hong Kong last month where the plan was discussed.
The logistics centre would be part of the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) – and would help facilitate logistics and the movement of goods.
Jones said if the project gets the green light to set up in New Zealand, it would likely be a partnership between Alibaba and NZ Post in a more regional centre, such as Palmerston North.
Senior Alibaba officials have been invited to New Zealand to further explore the opportunity and Jones said they were due to arrive soon.
In a letter to Jones, sent not long after the meeting in Hong Kong, Alibaba senior vice president, and head of corporate finance, Michael Yao said he was keen to explore the idea of establishing an eWTP in New Zealand.
“From our side eWTP, as a global initiative spearheaded by our executive chairman Jack Ma, would present the strongest immediate opportunity for co-operation.”
Jones said: “If there is scope for growing the logistics… and fast moving items business [and] if there is anything we can do to effect a better arrangement between NZ Post, that’s incredibly important to me.”
Source: Post and Parcel