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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 in London, Brussels, Skopje, Cairo, Cape Town, Cannes, Izmir, Geneva, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Charleston, Hyderabad, India, The Netherlands, Dublin, Ras Al Khaimah, Poland, China, Dubai and Trieste. See our History pages for reviews of the events and our Library pages for a review of presentations which have been made.




   NEWS about ZONES and INVESTMENT
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    • IPA World    News, leads and investor profiles on international company investment moves

THE 2013 WORLD FREE ZONE CONVENTION WEBSITE AWARDS

presented at the IZMIR 2013 Convention and supported by


2013 WINNERS Category ONE !

Logo Best Website

ASB (Avrupa Free Zone Development & Operating Co.), Turkey

www.asb.com.tr

AND THE RUNNER-UP !

MESBAS, (Mersin Free Zone Development & Operating Co.), Turkey

www.mesbas.com.tr

AND

2013 WINNERS Category TWO !

Logo Best Website

Special Economic Zones Authority of Rwanda (SEZAR)

www.rdb.rw

AND THE RUNNER-UP !

Kuwait Foreign Investment Bureau, Kuwait

www.kfib.com.kw


Recent Events :

Corporate Taxation, Transfer Pricing and FDI Incentives

Two day intensive seminar for zone authorities and operators, IPAs, development boards and investors

   Venue:    Amsterdam, 24 - 25 June 2014, International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation          

Download the Programme in PDF

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2013 CONVENTION REVIEW and See the Gallery Photos

"A NEW ERA FOR FREE & SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES"
How zones are changing to meet the world's economic needs

The 2013 World Free Zone Convention took place at a time full of excitement and promise for free and special economic zones around the world. The title and topics reflected the fast pace of zone developments observed over the past twelve months

Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th December 2013, Optional Training Courses, Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th December 2013
Programme       Speakers       Training        Sponsors

The London branch of the CBN TV (Chinese TV) have covered the conference in Izmir and they broadcasted it on the news in China.
http://www.yicai.com/video/2013/12/3214629.html (12-12-13 12:00 Lunch time news)
http://v.pps.tv/play_3AJ8YM.html(11-12-13 10:00 Morning news)
In case the second video doesn’t work, try this one http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjQ2NjgyOTY0.html
There is also an article written By Andreas Dressler, Managing Director of Terrain Global, published on the Site Selection website. You can either put the link on the website or you can upload the pdf together with the presentations and photos.
The link is http://www.siteselection.com/ssinternational/2013/jan/europe.cfm and the pdf is attached.
Press Release bulletin prepared by ESBAS.

A special feature of this year's Convention was the choice and appointment of the new panel of global WFZC Ambassadors from many regions of the world amongst this year's participants




GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY WITH THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN

with a special emphasis on
THE ROLE OF FREE & SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES IN THE INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS NETWORK

See the Press Release after the 1st Conference          Review the Programme of the 2nd Conference

Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th (am) June 2013
Sala Fallara - GIOIA TAURO, ITALY

ORGANISED BY WORLD FREE ZONE CONVENTION and
SUPPORTED BY    SIMEST, Italy      SIMEST


     WFZC Training & Development 2013

  HOW ZONES CAN SUCCEED IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN

  ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN INVESTOR ATTRACTION - THE ROLE OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND INCENTIVES

Speakers from Investment Consulting Associates (ICA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Location : Johannesburg, South Africa         Dates : 16th and 17th May 2013

Highlights since 2001
  • WTO Director General and EU Negotiator on WFZC platforms in 2001-2003
  • IPAWorld supports Free Zone Website Awards (2002 - present)
  • Foreign Direct Investment magazine becomes media partner (2002)
  • Partnership with CEI / EBRD at Skopje governmental conference
  • Report "Challenges, Threats and Opportunities for the world's Free Zones" presented at the Brussels Convention (2003)
    and visit to European Parliament and other European Union institutions
  • Daily News from Oxford Intelligence launched on WFZC website
  • Special analysis of International Law on Incentives, Benefits, Competition and State Aids in London 2003
  • Courses and Training Division established
  • WFZC becomes World Bank FDI Xchange partner (2004)
  • Post Conference visit to Free Zones in Cairo, Egypt
  • WFZC supports WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) meetings from 2004
  • WFZC infrastructure seminar at MIPIM international property exhibition in Cannes (2005/06)
  • First WFZC meeting held in a Free Zone (Aegean Free Zone, Izmir) with Ministerial Round Table, resulting in Conference Declaration
    and Financial Times publishes full page article on Free Zones (2005)
  • WFZC assists with the launch of Pan African Free Zone Association at 5th Convention in London
  • Site Selection magazine from the US becomes new media partner (2006)
  • World Customs Organisation & WFZC sign joint Declaration at Geneva Briefing & Forum (2006)
  • AFZA (Africa Free Zones Association) Memorandum of agreement signed at 6th Convention in Paris (2006)
  • 2nd Joint Briefing with WCO held in their Headquarters Building in Brussels (2007) with a contribution from the China Free Trade Zone and Export Processing Zones Association
  • 7th Annual Convention held in Asia (Kuala Lumpur) in November 2007 with Site Selection as new media partner
  • REIDIN.com property and infrastructure information provider becomes new partner 2008
  • Monthly WFZC Zones Activity Report launched in February 2008
  • Port Master Planning 3 Day Training Course held in The Netherlands (June 2008)
  • 8th Convention held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA in December 2008
  • Supply Chain Management Master Planning 2 1/2 Day Course held in The Netherlands (March 2009 and April 2010)
  • 9th Annual Convention held in Hyderabad, India (December 2009)
  • Infrastructure & Real Estate Investment Planning And Management For Zones And Industrial/technology Parks 3 Day training programme & study tour Dublin and Shannon Ireland (July 2010)
  • 10th Anniversary Convention held in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE ( November 2010) and Appointment of WFZC Ambassadors
  • Port Master Planning & Special Economic and Industrial Zones in co-operation with DHV Group and the Port of Rotterdam Amsterdam (April 2011)
  • Training Course + Study Tour to Katovice and Lodz, Poland ( June 2011)
  • 11th Convention held in Pudong, Shanghai, China with joint communiqué in November 2011
  • 2 1/2 Day Training Course + Visit to World Customs Organisation HQ in Brussels ( March 2012)
  • 2 Day Workshop in Dubai, UAE ( June 2012)
  • 2 day Conference in collaboration with the Port Authority of Trieste, Italy (July 2012)
  • Training Workshop with a visit to WTO Headquarters in Geneva (October 2012)
  • 12th Convention held in London, UK with joint declaration in December 2012
  • WFZC Training & Development 2013 in Sandton, South Africa (May 2013)
  • 2 day Conference in collaboration with the Port Authority of Gioia Tauro, Italy (June 2013)
  • 13th Convention held in Izmir, Turkey in December 2013
  • 2 day intensive seminar: Corporate Taxation, Transfer Pricing and FDI Incentives with IBFD in Amsterdam (June 2014)



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