NZ, Phl firms ink partnerships

By Iris C. Gonzales, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jun 07 2014 09:51 AM | Updated as of Jun 07 2014 05:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Three New Zealand companies announced yesterday partnerships in the Philippines as part of a three-day mission to the country this week led by New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser.

For one, New Zealand’s GNS Sciences and Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the Lopez-led geothermal company, signed a Memorandum of understanding for the provision of advisory services by GNS to help in EDC’s existing operations.

EDC executive vice president Ernie Pantangco said the MOU would help EDC in evaluating its reservoir and improving as an international company.

“It would help assess our reservoir and improve our processes,” Pantangco said.

GNS Science provides earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services to create economic, social and environmental benefits.

Both GNS and EDC work together on Philippine steam field development as well as EDC’s geothermal interests in Peru, Chile and Indonesia.

Also, New Zealand-owned global health software company Orion Health will partner with The Medical City. TMC bought Orion Health’s Enterprise Electronic Health Record system, which will provide a unified view of patient data across the healthcare organization through an easy-to-use web-based interface that is accessible anywhere.

Finally, the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) signed an MOU to strengthen their relation and agree upon a growth plan for the technology services sector.

“The three deals reflect the existing business relationship between New Zealand and the Philippines,” said Hernando Banal, New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to the Philippines.