The Friday Download

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A look at the events of 2019, the year ahead, and Auckland's ambitions

Show Notes

In this episode Friday Download host - Jordan Small - is joined by Leon Grice (NZUS Council Chair) and Pam Ford (General Manager - Economic Development, ATEED) for a look at the big events of the last year, make some predictions about 2020, and look ahead to 2020 and 2021 and the big events happening in Auckland and what Pam and her team are doing to set the conditions for innovation, start-ups and creative businesses to thrive.  

Enjoyed the quick fire segment asking my guests to make some calls on the next year - listen to the episode to hear their responses to the following questions:  

  • How would you rate the probability of NZ and the US agreeing an FTA in 2020? 
  • What impact will the ongoing impeachment proceedings and a likely Senate acquittal have on President Trump’s 2020 presidential reelection prospects - negative, neutral, positive? 
  • Who will be the Democratic Party presidential candidate? And VP candidate? 
  • Is the US-China trade war our new normal - a 100 year war? 
  • Looking out to the next decade - will we see flying cars?

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About the NZUS Council
Established in 2001, we are a non-partisan, non-government organisation focused on advancing New Zealand’s interests in a strong bilateral relationship with the US.

What is The Friday Download?

A weekly celebration of democracy, creativity, innovation, technology, business, and trade