TWO-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
|Special and Economic Zone Development Policies
||Enabling diversification through Zones and Smart Cities
||Focus on FINTECH and Technology Innovations
||Attracting inward investment: Strategies that work
||Clusters, Zones and domestic linkages
Throughout the world countries and regions need to source ways to counter dependence on traditional revenue sources. Primary products in particular are subject to fluctuations in supply and demand and alternatives are needed to avoid major reductions in spending plans and fiscal consolidation which can lead to a significant loss in foreign assets. These can take the form of special Zones, Parks or other Centres.
"SEZs (for example) were established to accelerate development by creating an efficient business environment and encouraging foreign direct investment (FDI). They attract businesses through cost advantages and preferential treatment, and they foster skills development and technology transfer, particularly from foreign firms. Successful SEZs, moreover, source goods and services from domestic companies, and in certain circumstances they sell to them as well. They thus contribute to transforming the national economy as a whole. It moves on from being a labour-intensive economy to a skills and technology-intensive one. Moreover, SEZs have also been successful test beds for economic reforms, for example in China".
Asian Development Bank September 2016
World Free Zone Convention are privileged to hold the 2017 Convention in Qatar, a country now at the cutting edge of Zone development. Recent legislation has established Authorities to manage a variety of Centres and Zones for manufacturing, processing, logistics and services, including financial. In addition the 2022 World Cup has already encouraged a nascent Sports Business Cluster Zone.
Manateq is a catalyst for change: a national initiative working to diversify Qatar’s economy to compete globally through the provision of world-class infrastructures within strategically placed economic zones.
Established in 2011, with His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and Commerce, as the Chairman, Manateq is positioned as a vital component in achieving the ‘Economic Development’ pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Manateq is mandated to establish a solid infrastructure to encourage a wider range of indigenous non-oil related industries business sectors in the economy. This investment will create the expertise and entrepreneurial culture necessary for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to prosper and grow.
Manateq works with potential and existing, local and foreign, investors providing an international gateway for the swift set-up and successful growth of business in Qatar. The Special Economic Zones, Logistics Parks, and Warehousing Parks offer a range of client services, unparalleled interconnectivity, access to GCC and global markets, high quality infrastructure, a diverse range of land and property solutions, an easy set-up process, and much more.
Manateq – Prime Foundations.
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OPTIONAL TRAINING DAYS
Monday 3rd April 2017
A1 COURSE ONE - FINANCING ZONES
- Financing aspects of Free Zones: Cost benefit analyses and feasibility studies
- Raising Finance for Free Zone development
- Analysis of companies that are suitable for particular types of Zone: manufacturing/service/logistics etc.
A2 COURSE TWO - IMPLEMENTING VAT IN THE GCC
- What are the main challenges companies will face when preparing for th introduction of VAT In the GCC countries?
- Overview of what end-to-end indriect tax automation looks like, from connecting to your sourse system through filing your VAT return
- The Indirect Tax engine concept and how to automate tax on your invoices
- What a VAT compliance platform is and its benefits for an organisation?
- Best practices and next steps
Tuesday 4th April 2017
B1 COURSE ONE - SUPPLY CHAINS TRANSFORMATION, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FREE-ZONES?
- Review and present Supply chain basics and key concepts
- Use SWOT analytical framework applied to Free-zone business models
- High light key innovations and technologies which are influencing supply chains changes today and tomorrow
- Evaluate how these changes may impact Free Zones
- Highlight Threats and Opportunities linked to SC Digital Technologies
- Define scenarios that could help Free Zones to leverage on new Trends
- Linked Free Zones to Smart City Logistics and Transportation concepts
- How to reposition Free Zones in the Digital Agenda
- Success Stories and Case Studies
B2 COURSE TWO - GLOBAL TRADE MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE
- End-to-End GTM Solutions
- Process Control of Imports and Exports
- Special Programmes A
- Free Trade Agreements