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Message from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

“I am proud to announce that in partnership with UNIDO – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization – and with the full support of many International institutions, FEMOZA will be organizing the SU-MEET: World Free & Special Economic Zones Summit in Monaco, on 13th – 15th November 2019.

Over recent decades and in many countries, FDI investment projects have increasingly chosen to locate within Free & Special Economic Zones as the prime choice, because these zones offer technical comfort and security, along with the infrastructure, services, economies of scale and incentives, that are the optimal facilitator for implementation of FDI projects.

The topics lined up for SU-MEET are aimed to evolve into solutions to the key current issues of development.  The past, present and future of Free & Special Economic Zones are considered under a single regime, though we shall showcase several successful Zone systems. Leading authorities will share their experience as Free Zone developers or investors, and operators will share best practice in the field of attracting FDI to Zones.

A critical point for the future of global Logistics and Distribution is going to be the ONE BELT ONE ROAD initiative of Chinese president, Xi Jinping.  The future continues to be driven by technology and Smart Cities where firms apply Blockchain asset recording will also have a presence.  Zone management today must integrate green working environments and flexible labor standards that can accommodate technology transfer.  The investment funding of zones raises a wide spectrum of public and private sources, and these topics will have covered by recognized keynote speakers.

Our objective is to set a high level and thereby welcome a very professional audience, able both to contribute to the event and to benefit from it in their working context. The industry development topics selected will highlight a range of economic sectors and, through skilled performance by engaging speakers and specialist lectures, produce a summit conference through which participants will achieve networking and management advantages to pursue their own businesses.

The Summit will be completed with the networking and business opportunities to organize B2B and B2G meetings throughout the whole event with a full morning dedicated only to this activity. A selected panel of investors will be invited to attend to The Su-Meet and encouraged to fix 1to1 meetings. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your Zone!

Accordingly, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend and contribute to a successful event that will benefit the Free Zones community, investors in zone development and the actors who utilize these platforms for the success of their business.

Kindly accept my best personal regards and: See you in Monaco!

Yours faithfully,

Juan Torrents

FEMOZA President

Organizer: Femoza

FEMOZA consolidates is the heritage of Fédération Mondiale des Zones Franches and is based in Geneva. It is the only organisation that since 1999 represents worldwide the interests of Free Zones, Export Processing Zones [EPZ] and Special Economic Zones [SEZ], As a non-profit NGO, registered under its Statutes and Article 60 and followers of the Swiss Civil Code.

The Fédération Mondiale des Zones Franches was founded in 1999 at the initiative of a Swiss group, Fondation EMA, promoter of the EMA INVEST events, to address operating challenges and market requirements in relation to Free Zones creation and development.  However, FEMOZA origins go back to 1976 when former first Vice President, Mr. Peter F. Ryan, founded WEPZA for the United Nations UNDP/UNIDO. (read more)

Co – Organizer: UNIDO

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies to all SDGs.

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