2013 CONVENTION LOCATION & HOSTS
The 2013 World Free Zone Convention takes place at a time full of excitement and promise for free and special economic zones around the world. The title and topics this year reflect the fast pace of zone developments observed over the past twelve months
"A NEW ERA FOR FREE & SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES"
Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th December 2013
Hosted by AEGEAN FREE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATING CO.
A special feature of this year's Convention will be the choice and appointment of the new panel of global WFZC Ambassadors from many regions of the world amongst this year's participants
Register to attend now - bring a delegation - Download the Programme in .PDF
Izmir, known as the pearl of the west, is Turkey's third largest city and one of the most important port cities. It has a great nature and a rich historical and cultural heritage. Established about 8500 years ago, the city of 4 million is now home to a variety of world heritages. Close by is Ephesus, the largest city of the Roman Empire, which set an example to other ancient cities with its architectural and cultural landmarks. Set on a sheltered gulf of the Aegean Sea, Izmir is surrounded by mountains on all sides and has a stunning setting. However it is a busy modern commercial and industrial city with wide, tree lined central boulevards. Izmir boasts an excellent Archaelogical Museum that features a unique collection of finds from the region. The bazaar in the city is second only to Istanbul. During the winter months there are daily direct flights from Munich and hourly flights from Istanbul.
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.
Host AEGEAN FREE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATING CO.
ESBAS, the Aegean Free Zone development and operating Co. has created the first production-based free zone in Turkey and one of the most modern industrial park in the world with its sectorial clusters in Aerospace and Health. Today, the Aegean Free Zone has attracted more Foreign Direct Investment than any of the other 19 Free Zones in Turkey and accounts for more than 35% of Turkey's total Free Zone employment.
The Zone is currently home to 210 Companies and they generate an annual trade volume of $5 billion USD and employ 21.000 people. The Zone's resident companies include Hugo Boss, Delphi Packard, Delphi Diesel, Eldor Electronics, Cummins, Kale – Pratt& Whitney, Aero, Safe Spice, Akzo Nobel, PFW-HS, Fokker Elmo, Mahle, Gates, etc. Manufacturing companies in the Zone mainly operate in electronics, aviation, automotive spare parts, food processing and packaging, machinery assembly, textile and leather goods sectors. With its Medical Clinic, Child Care Center, Concert & Sports Hall, Sculpture Garden, Antique Car Museum, Technology Center and Space Camp Turkey, ESBAS, attracts investors for both their manufacturing and trading activities.
At WFZC we monitor Special Economic Zones around the world and more than 120 countries now have some form of zone development programme - India, China & South East Asia, Middle East, North and South America, Russia and Central Asia, Europe and Africa.
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.
GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY WITH THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN
with a special emphasis on
THE ROLE OF FREE & SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES IN THE INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS NETWORK
WFZC Training & Development 2013
The DTI has just announced feasibility Studies for 10 new SEZ's. Since our highly rated Convention in London we have been planning more training events and the first of these was held in South Africa in mid May.
DAY ONE 16th May
ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN INVESTOR ATTRACTION - THE ROLE OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND INCENTIVES
JSC Klaipeda Free Economic Zone Management Company, Lithuania
Ghana Free Zones Board
2012 WINNERS Category TWO !
Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency, Turkey
|AND THE RUNNER-UP !||
Special Economic Zones Authority of Rwanda
Mr Yu-Wen Liang , Director, Export Processing Zone Administration of Taichung City