The World FZO Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) is the largest interactive gathering of free zone professionals and experts across the globe. AICE 2017 will tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities in the design of next generation free zones.
H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al MansooriUAE
Ahmed Al AnsariUAE
Douglas van den BergheNetherlands
Prof. Gary GereffiUSA
Hernando Jose GomezColombia
Robert B. KoopmanSwitzerland
Patrick LowHong Kong
Alexander MoraCosta Rica
Roberto Suarez SantosSwitzerland
Prof. Henry YeungSingapore
Speakers & panelists
Sponsors & Exhibitors
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The World Bank annually publishes its well-known "Doing Business In" rankings publication. The report assesses the competiveness of countries in terms of a large number of indicators related to a country’s business environment and legal framework. Examples of indicators are: "Number of days it takes to register a company or obtain a trade permit” etc. However, as many countries today have Free Zones in which the doing business legislation is often very different and more competitive and more liberal than at a national level, it is important for Free Zones and potential investors to understand the nuances. In addition, Free Zones operating as isolated enclaves typically fail to generate economic development and enhance their competitiveness. This workshop addresses a number of issues in relation to doing business in Free Zones. It focuses specifically how free can enhance their competitive position, how competitive Free Zones are vis-à-vis the national business environment and each other. This requires to understand how the competitiveness of Free Zones can be measured using a variety of indicators. Additionally, this workshop also explores relationships - both external with local suppliers as well as internal through connecting zone-based companies with different value chain activities. This also enables Free Zones to expand beyond the activities they currently have in their Free Zones and attract more companies operating within a value chain.Target Audience: Free Zone Professionals: management and international business development
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Successful free zones of the future must do more than simply facilitate trade, economic growth, GDP performance and shareholder value. They must embrace sustainability and extend their benefit footprint to more directly include broader swaths of society, helping their countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Failure to integrate social value and sustainability into the business model will begin to erode and undermine the ability of free zones to continue driving GDP growth and business value. Strategically integrating social responsibility and sustainability will expand and extend the value proposition of free zones, benefiting owners, operators, tenants, governments and society at large.Target Audience:
Free zones in different regions have wide range of incentives offered to companies. Most needed in this case is real investor. All free zones wish to attract new investment, new multinational companies, to increase employment and to attract new technologies. In this case need to know more about successful stories and good practice which is implemented in far regions and unknown countries. Ph.D. Dragan Kostic make Master and Doctor Studies in subject of Free zones and have very rich experience in this field. He visited more than 100 free zones in all part of World and have possibilities to present study and case study of most relevant free zones in World with special highlight of EU and Europe free zones best samples (Serbia, Poland, Macedonia, Turkey…)Target Audience: Free zone managers, Investment policy decision makers, Governmental bodies
This workshop will discuss and highlight the regulatory and incentives for the attraction of high value added FDI into the EMIRATES. The success story of different free zone will be presented by senior delegates from UAETarget Audience: Free Zones, Investors and other organizations from FZ ecosystem
The workshop focusses on Security, Free Zone regulation and Safety that are aimed at making free zones a recognized method of promoting sustainable competitiveness. The workshop would provide details of how to implement a set of procedures leading to certification of free zones to achieve the status of Safe Zone. As part of certification a free zone needs to fulfil a number of requirements in relation to Compliance, Record keeping and security. Security measures would include the entire production process from inbound logistics, through production/operations, to outbound distribution, Marketing & Sales and after sales service. A safe zone certification would ensure a free zone operates within the legal framework with regard to business and trade activities.Target Audience:Free Zones and other Organizations from FZ Ecosystem
Free Zone as a concept was initiated several decades ago as liberalized commercial zones with the objective of attracting investments and enhancing trade. Since then, Free Zones have evolved over the period of time and the focus shifted to becoming value-adding business partners. It is time now to look ahead.
This workshop will focus on brainstorming the state and shape of Next Generation Free zones through five independent but integrated working sessions emphasizing on key elements that will impact the next generation Zones. Each thematic working session will be chaired by respective domain experts based on the following themes:
- Role of Safety & Security in Next generation free Zones
- Importance of Innovation and Smart practices in Next Generation free zones
- Importance of Skill/SME Development in next Generation free zones
- Role of Green Zones in next generation free zones
- Importance of Good Practices and CSR in next Generation Free Zones
The participants for these sessions will be by invitation. Those who wish to participate and feel they can make valuable contribution to the sessions may contact Tim Heath by email Knowledge@worldfzo.org.Target Audience:Free Zones and other Organizations from FZ Ecosystem
As they say, change is the only constant. Business practices change; and they have to change to stay in sync with the dynamics of the market. Disruptive technological breakthroughs, government policy changes, natural disasters and many other factors have the potential to impact business practices. Maximizing stakeholder benefit and indeed stakeholder welfare is paramount too. What constitutes Best Practice can often be contextual. It is important to understand, how knowledge plays a key role in evolving and upgrading ‘best practices’ as also how ‘best practices’ can be tailored to suit a context.
Businesses have to constantly reinvent themselves. The spirit of innovation or urge to innovate has become imperative for businesses to grow and prosper. Triggers for innovation include ‘looking at familiar things from unfamiliar angles’ with a view to capturing greater value. It is important to explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation. SMEs, the backbone of most economies, are an important stakeholder. Factors that foster innovation, how innovation can infuse greater competitiveness in SMEs as well as strategies to infuse greater efficiencies in the global value chain need to be addressed.
Natural resources from the earth seem to be finite; but reckless exploitation has spawned its own problems including global warming and climate change. Like everyone else, free zones also have a moral responsibility to advance the principles of sustainability so that the future generations are not robbed of their share of resources. It is important to probe methods of staying environmentally-‐friendly, advance the cause of renewables, discuss how to adopt socially responsible business practices and qualify to be labelled as ‘good place to work’.
Free zones in different regions have wide range of incentives offered to companies. Most needed in this case is real investor. All free zones wish to attract new investment, new multinational companies, to increase employment and to attract new technologies. In this case need to know more about successful stories and good practice which is implemented in far regions and unknown countries. Ph.D. Dragan Kostic make Master and Doctor Studies in subject of Free zones and have very rich experience in this field. He visited more than 100 free zones in all part of World and have possibilities to present study and case study of most relevant free zones in World with special highlight of EU and Europe free zones best samples (Serbia, Poland, Macedonia, Turkey…)Target Audience:Free zone managers, Investment policy decision makers, Governmental bodies
Latin America is rated among the emerging regions of the world, given the huge untapped potential the region holds for economic growth and social development. The current status and contribution of free zones in the region need to be examined in-depth. Given the emerging status and growth-oriented nature of the region, it is important to understand the future prospects and opportunities for investors and other stakeholders.
A Workshop/Thematic Working Sessions titled ‘Designing Next Generation Free Zones’ will precede the panel discussion wherein four broad themes will be discussed with respect to Next Generation Free Zones covering (1) Tech-‐Ready Zone; (2) Entrepreneurship and SME Development; (3) Good Place to Work; and (4) Corporate Social Responsibility. Four domain experts will chair/moderate these thematic sessions, on the previous day in the workshop, with a view to witness emergence of ideas and recommendations.
The acknowledged experts will strive to dovetail the outcomes of the four thematic working sessions and present a report to the delegates of the conference during the panel discussion; further, through brainstorming, the panelists would make an attempt to formulate a global strategy for moving towards Next Generation Free Zones. This could become a guiding post for the World FZO
Stay tuned for AICE 2017 speaker updates!
Dr. Juan Pablo RiveraColombia
Dr. Mohammed AlzarooniUnited Arab Emirates
Dr. Mohan GuruswarmyUnited Arab Emirates
Dr. Samir HamrouniUnited Arab Emirates
Eric AutorUnited States
Ana B. HinojosaBelgium
Dr. Eva DiedrichsGermany
Shahla Abdul Razak BastakiUnited Arab Emirates
Representative from IESE
Representative from UNIDO
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