NEWS


November 2016

     ZONE AMBASSADORS


APPOINTMENT OF NEW REGIONAL ZONE AMBASSADORS

The first WFZC Zone Ambaassadors were appointed to mark the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of WFZC in Ras Al Khaimah.
Their role includes representing the interests of the zone movement to governments, business organisations, regulatory bodies and local communities and media.
At the end of their 3 year terms we are appointing new Ambassadors among the participants to the Izmir Convention. Those selected will provide WFZC with a short briefing about events in their area mid way between the Annual Conventions.
The ‘Zone Ambassadors’ will be invited to include a reference to this appointment on their business cards and will be free to refer to their affiliation to WFZC during their term.

Updated appointments are as follows:

Southern Europe
Mr Domenico Bagala
Managing Director, Medcenter Container Terminal SpA, Italy
Northern Europe
Mr Kevin O'Connor
Founding Partner, Regional Development Partners, Ireland
Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Dr Faruk Guler
CEO, ESBAS Aegean Free Zone, Izmir, Turkey
North Africa
Mr Oussama El Omari
Emirates International Free Zones FZE, Morocco and UAE
West Africa
Ms. Hajia Hanatu Abubakar
Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana
East Africa
Mr Cyrille Nabutola
CEO, Kenya Export Processing Zones Authority, Kenya
Southern Africa
Dra Neima Jossub
Legal Manager, Beluluane Industrial Park, Mozambique
GCC
Mr. James Bernard
James.Bernard(at)dmcc.ae
Director, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Dubai, UAE
INDIA
Mr P.C. Nambiar
Chairman, EPCES, India
USA
Mr Daniel Griswold
President, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones, Washington D.C., USA
Central & South America
to be nominated
China
to be nominated
South East Asia
to be nominated

October 2013


January 2013

     NEWSFLASH

I am delighted to welcome the Basra International Oil & Gas Free Zone (BIOGH) as Gold Sponsor for the 2013 WFZC Convention. The dates and location will be announced this Spring.

Graham Mather, Chairman, World Free Zone Convention and President, European Policy Forum, London and Brussels.

        Gold Sponsor
www.biogh.com
BASRA INTERNATIONAL OIL & GAS FREE ZONE (BIOGH)

BIOGH was established in 2009 specifically to develop an oil and gas hub in the Free Zone at Khor Al Zubair in Iraq.

In September 2012 a joint venture was established between BIOGH and the Free Zone Authority (FZA) - an independent authority under the Ministry of Finance. It will develop a highly secure dedicated oil and gas hub extending to 11 square kilometres (11 million square metres) of mixed used industrial, logistics, oil and gas storage, commercial and residential accommodation.

Infrastructure works will begin in Spring 2013 with the intention that tenants will be able to take occupation in Autumn 2013.

For further details www.biogh.com or info@biogh.com


September 2012

     ZONE AMBASSADORS

Updated appointments are as follows:

North America
Mr. Randy Campbell
rcampbell(at)campbelltradegroup.com
President, Campbell Trade Group Inc, York, Pennsylvania, USA
South America
Mr. Luis Oliveira
luis.oliveira(at)mdic.gov.br
Foreign Trade Analyst, Ministry of Development, Industry and External Trade, Government of Brazil, Brasilia
Central America
Mr. Newlyn (Neil) Seaton
diamondpaints(at)cwjamaica.com
tmcclarthy(at)miic.gov.jm
Chairman, Kingston Free Zone & Montego Bay Free Zone
Factories Corporation of Jamaica
Europe
Dr. Alberto Castronovo
alberto.castronovo(at)mobileemail.vodafone.it
Senior Manager, SIMEST, Rome, Italy
North Africa
Mr. Ramzi Zammali
ramzi.zammali(at)mfcpole.com.tn
Marketing and Investment Manager, Pole de Compétitivité, Monastir-l Fejja mfcpole, Tunis, Tunisia
Middle East/GCC
Mr. Oussama El Omari
o.elomari(at)rakftz.com
Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, UAE
Dubai
Mr. James Bernard
James.Bernard(at)dmcc.ae
Director Business Development & Client Management, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and JLT Free Zone, UAE
Asia
Mr. John Evans
tractusjohn(at)gmail.com
Managing Director,  Tractus Asia Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand
West Africa
Dr. Noble Abe
Mimi.Ngochindo(at)auth.onnefreezone.com
CEO and Managing Director, Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority, Onne, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
East Africa
Dr. Adelhelm Meru
admeru2003(at)yahoo.com
Director General, Tanzania Export Processing Zones Authority, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

March 2012

Most Recent Events:2 ½ Day Training Course
with visit to WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION Headquarters     WCO Logo

  More than 40 participants completed the new, highly succesful training Course, held in Brussels
WCO Group Brussels 2012
  Making Customs Your Free Zone Champion
  CUSTOMS PROCEDURES, NEW PROGRAMMES AND SECURITY ISSUES

Date:Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th March 2012
            Download   or   see     the Agenda


WFZC would like to thank the WCO for their hospitality in Brussels.


November 2011

     Joint Communiqué

after the 2011 World Free Zone Convention which was held on 10 and 11 November 2011, Shanghai - CHINA


July 2011

     Press Conference

to launch the 2011 World Free Zone Convention to be held on 10 and 11 November 2011, Shanghai

Press Conference in Shanghai


November 2010

     ZONE AMBASSADORS

Confirmed appointments announced at the Tenth Convention are as follows:

North America
Mr. Randy Campbell
rcampbell(at)campbelltradegroup.com
President, Campbell Trade Group Inc, York, Pennsylvania, USA
South America
Mr. Luis Oliveira
luis.oliveira(at)mdic.gov.br
Foreign Trade Analyst, Ministry of Development, Industry and External Trade, Government of Brazil, Brasilia
Central America
Mr. Newlyn (Neil) Seaton
diamondpaints(at)cwjamaica.com
tmcclarthy(at)miic.gov.jm
Chairman, Kingston Free Zone & Montego Bay Free Zone
Factories Corporation of Jamaica
Europe
Dr. Alberto Castronovo
alberto.castronovo(at)mobileemail.vodafone.it
Senior Manager, SIMEST, Rome, Italy
North Africa
Mr. Ramzi Zammali
ramzi.zammali(at)mfcpole.com.tn
Marketing and Investment Manager, Pole de Compétitivité, Monastir-l Fejja mfcpole, Tunis, Tunisia
Middle East/GCC
Mr. Oussama El Omari
o.elomari(at)rakftz.com
Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, UAE
Asia
Mr. John Evans
tractusjohn(at)gmail.com
Managing Director,  Tractus Asia Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand
West Africa
Dr. Noble Abe
Mimi.Ngochindo(at)auth.onnefreezone.com
CEO and Managing Director, Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority, Onne, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
East Africa
Dr. Adelhelm Meru
admeru2003(at)yahoo.com
Director General, Tanzania Export Processing Zones Authority, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Role of the Zone Ambassador

In general to be a voice of the free zone movement and the World Free Zone Convention in particular the region represented.
Also to be a sounding board in developing the Convention and its events, able to advise the Convention from time to time on matters including
  • New zone programmes or substantive amendments to zone programmes
  • Changes in investor attitudes
  • Information regarding conferences, seminars and workshops at which zone discussion forms part of the programme
  • Possible topics for Training Courses/Workshops
  • News of countries where the zone programme is running into difficulty
  • Identification of problem areas, such as customs, tax benefit issues etc.
  • Names of potential speakers for zone programmes (The Annual Convention or Training Courses/Workshops)
  • Passing on to the WFZC Secretariat the names of any persons interested in attending WFZC events.

August 2010

     Press Conference 10th Convention in Ras al Khaimah, UAE



Please see below the links of the news coverage in UAE daily newspapers and online from yesterday's announcement. We are still waiting for the monthly magazines and TV coverage to come out.

Gulf News:

Small businesses flourish in RAK FTZ
http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/small-and-medium-businesses-flourish-in-rak-free-trade-zone-1.659349

Call to focus on global reach
http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/call-to-focus-on-global-reach-1.659350

The National
RAK in race to entice business
http://thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100725/BUSINESS/707259908/1005

Emirates Business 24/7
RAK eyes free trade zone expansion