The World FZO Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) is the largest interactive gathering of free zone professionals and experts across the globe. AICE 2017 will tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities in the design of next generation free zones.
H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al MansooriUAE
Ahmed Al AnsariUAE
Douglas van den BergheNetherlands
Prof. Gary GereffiUSA
Hernando Jose GomezColombia
Robert B. KoopmanSwitzerland
Patrick LowHong Kong
Alexander MoraCosta Rica
Roberto Suarez SantosSwitzerland
Prof. Henry YeungSingapore
Speakers & panelists
Sponsors & Exhibitors
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How to become a Free Zone of the Future
Developing Next Generation Free Zones
As they say, change is the only constant. Business practices change; and they have to change to stay in sync with the dynamics of the market. Disruptive technological breakthroughs, government policy changes, natural disasters and many other factors have the potential to impact business practices. Maximizing stakeholder benefit and indeed stakeholder welfare is paramount too. What constitutes Best Practice can often be contextual. It is important to understand, how knowledge plays a key role in evolving and upgrading 'best practices' as also how 'best practices' can be tailored to suit a context.
Businesses have to constantly reinvent themselves. The spirit of innovation or urge to innovate has become imperative for businesses to grow and prosper. Triggers for innovation include 'looking at familiar things from unfamiliar angles' with a view to capturing greater value. It is important to explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation. SMEs, the backbone of most economies, are an important stakeholder. Factors that foster innovation, how innovation can infuse greater competitiveness in SMEs as well as strategies to infuse greater efficiencies in the global value chain need to be addressed.
Natural resources from the earth seem to be finite; but reckless exploitation has spawned its own problems including global warming and climate change. Like everyone else, free zones also have a moral responsibility to advance the principles of sustainability so that the future generations are not robbed of their share of resources. It is important to probe methods of staying environmentally-friendly, advance the cause of renewables, discuss how to adopt socially responsible business practices and qualify to be labelled as 'good place to work'.
Latin America is rated among the emerging regions of the world, given the huge untapped potential the region holds for economic growth and social development. The current status and contribution of free zones in the region need to be examined in-depth. Given the emerging status and growth oriented nature of the region, it is important to understand the future prospects and opportunities for investors and other stakeholders.
A Workshop/Thematic Working Sessions titled 'Designing Next Generation Free Zones' will precede the panel discussion wherein four broad themes will be discussed with respect to Next Generation Free Zones covering (1) Tech-Ready Zone; (2) Entrepreneurship and SME Development; (3) Good Place to Work; and (4) Corporate Social Responsibility. Four domain experts will chair/moderate these thematic sessions, on the previous day in the workshop, with a view to witness emergence of ideas and recommendations.
The acknowledged experts will strive to dovetail the outcomes of the four thematic working sessions and present a report to the delegates of the conference during the panel discussion; Further, through brainstorming, the panelists would make an attempt to formulate a global strategy for moving towards Next Generation Free Zones. This could become a guiding post for the World FZO.
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Dr Juan Pablo Rivera
Dr Mohammed Alzarooni
Dr Mohan Guruswarmy
Dr Samir Hamrouni
Ana B. Hinojosa
Representative from IESE
Representative from UNIDO
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Cartagena de Indias Convention Center
Centro Historico, Getsemani
Calle 24 #8A-344
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM GST
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