Experience - Independence - Networks - Vision

The authoritative meeting place for the world's free and special economic zones from 2001

Events & news

WFZC events in the past 20 years

Cape Town

charleston

Ras Al Khaimah

Johannesburg

Amsterdam

Geneva

Lodz

Izmir

Dubai

Paris

London

Dublin

Hyderabad

Washington

Shanghai

Brussels

Cairo

Trieste

Bangkok

Kuala Lampur

Gioia Tauro

Skopje

Doha

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At WFZC we monitor the increasing number of Special Economic Zones around the world.

More than 120 countries now have some form of zone development programme. We liaise closely with international organisations whose work impacts upon Zones Speakers and Delegates who have participated in our meetings represent a wide cross-section of organisations from almost all these countries, and from others considering their establishment – Zones and the Authorities who regulate them, Government Ministries, Investment Promotion Agencies, Corporates and Location Specialists as well as Investors, Banks and other Financial Advisers. Since 2001 WFZC has built up an unparalleled network of partners, sponsors and speakers who have contributed to events held.

We liaise closely with international organisations whose work impacts upon Zones their establishment – Zones and the Authorities who regulate them, Government Ministries, Investment Promotion Agencies, Corporates and Location Specialists as well as Investors, Banks and other Financial Advisers.

Our Speakers

Over the past 20 years WFZC has been proud to welcome as guest speakers to its global events the most important players in the Free Zones community.

In addition audiences have been addressed by officials from many of the most important international organisations regulating international trade and finance, in some instances in their headquarter buildings.

Group visits with local support have involved Free, Special Economic and Export Processing Zones, Industrial Parks, Economic Development and Regeneration areas/projects as well as Greenfield sites.

WFZC continues to invite those with vision and experience to share their knowledge and ideas with a wider audience for the benefit of all.

Who do we work with?

official institutions

ministries, zones & consultants

key topics

  • Moving to high value-added technology-oriented production - Industry 4.0: Robotics and A1
  • Investment, tax and trade issues affecting foreign direct investment & special economic zones
  • Supply chain/blockchain opportunities for Free and Special Economic Zones - practical steps to global reach
  • Using technology for target sector Identification of prospects
  • Understanding and profiting from the rise of Fintech
  • Economic zones, smart cities and new urban environments – cutting edge approaches to sustainable planning, development and implementation including data centres
  • Corporate taxation, transfer pricing and FDI incentives
  • The role of Free & Special Economic Zones in international logistics networks
  • Achieving excellence in investor attraction – the role of business intelligence and incentives
  • Free and Special Economic Zones delivering economic growth and societal advance, with special emphasis on public/private partnerships & investment in infrastructure
  • Port master planning and Zones