WORLD FREE ZONE CONVENTION

 DAY ONE - Thursday 7th June 2001

 Chairman     Graham Mather, President, European Policy Forum, London and Brussels

09.15 - 09.30

Convention Opening - Welcome

09.30 - 09.50 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - PROSPECTS FOR WORLD TRADE
Dr. SUPACHAI PANITCHPAKDI, Director-General Designate, World Trade Organisation 
09.50 - 10.20 STREAMLINING AND LIBERATING WORLD TRADE - WHAT WORKS?
ANDREW SENTANCE, Chief Economist, British Airways, U.K.
10.20 - 10.40 THE EUROPEAN UNION AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES - THE COTONOU AGENDA
INGO FUESTEL, Head of Unit E4, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels
10.40 - 11.00 FREE ZONES ACROSS THE WORLD - SUCCESSES AND FAILURES
ROBERT HAYWOOD, Director, World Economic Processing Zones Association, (WEPZA) Flagstaff, US
11.00 - 11.30

OPENING OF EXHIBITION and Coffee in Exhibition Area

11.30 - 11.50 HOW TO DESIGN, BUILD & MANAGE A SUCCESSFUL FREE ZONE
JUAN TORRENTS, President, WORLD FEDERATION OF FREE ZONES, Geneva
11.50 - 12.30 AIRPORT FREE ZONES AND THE IMPACT ON REGIONAL ECONOMIES 
Including a Case Study - Shannon Development
LARRY COYNE, President, The International Air Cargo Association, London
KEVIN THOMPSTONE, Acting Chief Executive, Shannon Free Airport Development Co. Ltd., Ireland
12.30 - 13.00 A ' LONG TERM VISION FOR CUSTOMS PROCEDURES
G7 initiative for standard datasets for importers and exporters
EU project on computerisation of transit
Internet interface between importers and customs
Paperless transactions
IAN WILKINS, Project Manager, HM CUSTOMS, UK
13.00 - 14.30

Luncheon

14.30 - 16.00 FREE ZONES AND LOGISTICS - DELIVERING THE GOODS - MULTI-MODAL CONNECTIVITY
HOLGER KRAMER, Project Manager / Senior Economist, Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, Bremen, Germany
Dr. DEREK WRIGHT, Head, Acquisition & Logistics Unit, Cranfield University, U.K.

DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL MARKETING, LOGISTICS AND E-MAIL BUSINESS PLATFORM WITHIN A FREE TRADE ZONE AREA

GERARD SANSPEUR, Director General, Mauritius Freeport Authority
16.00 - 16.30

Tea in Exhibition Area

16.30 - 17.00 REGIONAL FREE ZONES - THE NEW PHENOMENON? A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE
Case Study - Province of Quebec, Canada
YVES OUELLET, Director; Investment and Special Projects, Ministry of Finance, Government of Quebec, Canada
17.00 - 17.30 LESSONS FROM THE SUCCESS OF THE JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE
AHMED BUTTI AHMED,  Assistant Managing Director, Jebel Ali Free Zone,  Dubai, U.A.E.
17.30 - 18.00 

 PANEL DISCUSSION

18.00

Cocktail Reception for delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests

DAY TWO - Friday 8th June 2001 - DAY TWO