•  May 3rd - 5th 2017     Cartagena, Colombia

    AICE 2017

    The Next Generation Free Zones

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WHAT IS AICE?

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.

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WHO ATTENDS?

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H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori

UAE
Minister of Economy
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Gokhan Akinci

USA
World Bank Group
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Ahmed Al Ansari

UAE
Dubai South
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Tom Barnes

USA
Integration Point
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Douglas van den Berghe

Netherlands
Investment Consulting Associates (ICA)
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Julie Brown

USA
Georgia Foreign Trade Zone
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William Dobson

USA
Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)
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Hubert Escaith

France
World Trade Organization (WTO)
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Karina Fernandez-Stark

USA
CGGC - Duke Univeristy
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Prof. Gary Gereffi

USA
CGGC - Duke Univeristy
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Habib Fekih

UAE
Airbus Middle East
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Hernando Jose Gomez

Colombia
National Planning Dept.
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Daniel Griswold

USA
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ)
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Bernard Hoekman

Italy
European University Institute
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Martin Ibarra

Colombia
Free Zones Association of the Americas (AZFA)
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Robert B. Koopman

Switzerland
World Trade Organization (WTO)
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Przemyslaw Kowalski

France
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Lewis Leibowitz

USA
The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
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Patrick Low

Hong Kong
Fung Global Institute
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Slawomir Majman

Poland
Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency
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Alexander Mora

Costa Rica
Minister of Foreign Trade
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Joakim Reiter

Sweden
UNCTAD
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Roberto Suarez Santos

Switzerland
International Organisation of Employees
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Mehdi Tazi

UAE
Tangier Free Zone Morocco
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Prof. Henry Yeung

Singapore
National University of Singapore

WHAT TO EXPECT

40+

Speakers & panelists

1000+

Attendees

20+

Sponsors & Exhibitors

70+

Countries

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SCHEDULE

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The World Bank annually publishes its well-known "Doing Business In" rankings publication. The report assesses the competiveness of countries in terms of a large number of indicators related to a country’s business environment and legal framework. Examples of indicators are: "Number of days it takes to register a company or obtain a trade permit” etc. However, as many countries today have Free Zones in which the doing business legislation is often very different and more competitive and more liberal than at a national level, it is important for Free Zones and potential investors to understand the nuances. In addition, Free Zones operating as isolated enclaves typically fail to generate economic development and enhance their competitiveness. This workshop addresses a number of issues in relation to doing business in Free Zones. It focuses specifically how free can enhance their competitive position, how competitive Free Zones are vis-à-vis the national business environment and each other. This requires to understand how the competitiveness of Free Zones can be measured using a variety of indicators. Additionally, this workshop also explores relationships - both external with local suppliers as well as internal through connecting zone-based companies with different value chain activities. This also enables Free Zones to expand beyond the activities they currently have in their Free Zones and attract more companies operating within a value chain.

Target Audience: Free Zone Professionals: management and international business development
Facilitator(s): Dr. Douglas van den Berghe & Mr. Laurens van der Schoor

Successful free zones of the future must do more than simply facilitate trade, economic growth, GDP performance and shareholder value. They must embrace sustainability and extend their benefit footprint to more directly include broader swaths of society, helping their countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Failure to integrate social value and sustainability into the business model will begin to erode and undermine the ability of free zones to continue driving GDP growth and business value. Strategically integrating social responsibility and sustainability will expand and extend the value proposition of free zones, benefiting owners, operators, tenants, governments and society at large.

Target Audience:
Free Zone Executive Leadership
Economic Planners and Policy Makers
Finance, Trade and Customs Executives and Leadership
Others interested in Free Zones and economic development strategy
Free Zone tenants with whose business model connects them to global finance and/or global brands and who value their reputational capital

Facilitator(s): Prof Wayne Dunn

Free zones in different regions have wide range of incentives offered to companies. Most needed in this case is real investor. All free zones wish to attract new investment, new multinational companies, to increase employment and to attract new technologies. In this case need to know more about successful stories and good practice which is implemented in far regions and unknown countries. Ph.D. Dragan Kostic make Master and Doctor Studies in subject of Free zones and have very rich experience in this field. He visited more than 100 free zones in all part of World and have possibilities to present study and case study of most relevant free zones in World with special highlight of EU and Europe free zones best samples (Serbia, Poland, Macedonia, Turkey…)

Target Audience: Free zone managers, Investment policy decision makers, Governmental bodies
Facilitator(s): Ph.D. Dragan Kostic, President of Group of Free zones and custom warehouses, Association of Trade in Serbian Chamber of Economy, Free zone Pirot CEO

This workshop will discuss and highlight the regulatory and incentives for the attraction of high value added FDI into the EMIRATES. The success story of different free zone will be presented by senior delegates from UAE

Target Audience: Free Zones, Investors and other organizations from FZ ecosystem
Facilitator(s): TBC

The workshop focusses on Security, Free Zone regulation and Safety that are aimed at making free zones a recognized method of promoting sustainable competitiveness. The workshop would provide details of how to implement a set of procedures leading to certification of free zones to achieve the status of Safe Zone. As part of certification a free zone needs to fulfil a number of requirements in relation to Compliance, Record keeping and security. Security measures would include the entire production process from inbound logistics, through production/operations, to outbound distribution, Marketing & Sales and after sales service. A safe zone certification would ensure a free zone operates within the legal framework with regard to business and trade activities.

Target Audience:Free Zones and other Organizations from FZ Ecosystem
Facilitator(s):Lars Karlsson MD Global KGH Consulting, Sweden

Free Zone as a concept was initiated several decades ago as liberalized commercial zones with the objective of attracting investments and enhancing trade. Since then, Free Zones have evolved over the period of time and the focus shifted to becoming value-adding business partners. It is time now to look ahead.

This workshop will focus on brainstorming the state and shape of Next Generation Free zones through five independent but integrated working sessions emphasizing on key elements that will impact the next generation Zones. Each thematic working session will be chaired by respective domain experts based on the following themes:

- Role of Safety & Security in Next generation free Zones
- Importance of Innovation and Smart practices in Next Generation free zones
- Importance of Skill/SME Development in next Generation free zones
- Role of Green Zones in next generation free zones
- Importance of Good Practices and CSR in next Generation Free Zones

The participants for these sessions will be by invitation. Those who wish to participate and feel they can make valuable contribution to the sessions may contact Tim Heath by email Knowledge@worldfzo.org.

Target Audience:Free Zones and other Organizations from FZ Ecosystem
Facilitator(s): Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Chief Knowledge Officer, World FZO
10:00 - 11:00
Panel I: Making zones the best place for doing business

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.


Keynote speaker: Gokhan Akinci, Global Product Leader – World Bank - USA
Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine – United Kingdom
Panelist 1: Ana B. Hinojosa, Director, Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization - Belgium
Panelist 2: David Zorn, Managing Director/Customer Partnership, IESE – New York, USA
Panelist 3: Juan Pablo Rivera Cabal, Board Director at World FZO & President Grupo ZFB - Colombia
11:30 - 12:30
Panel II: Boosting innovation, entrepreneurship capabilities and economic impact of zones

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.


Moderator/Keynote speaker: Dr. Eva Diedrichs, Managing Director, IMP³rove - Germany
Panelist 1: Shahla Abdulrazak Al Bastaki, Deputy CEO, Dubai Silicon Oasis – United Arab Emirates
Panelist 2: José Prunello, Chief for SME Institutional Trade Support, ITC - Colombia
Panelist 3: Dr. Rene Villarreal, Consultant - Mexico
Panelist 4: Pedro Beirute, CEO, PROCOMER - Costa Rica
14:00 - 15:00
Panel III: Why sustainability matters?

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’.


Moderator/Keynote speaker: TBC
Panelist 1: Philippe Vanhuynegem, Director, Office for the Andean Countries, ILO - Switzerland
Panelist 2: Wayne Dunn, President & Founder, CSR Training Institute - Canada
Panelist 3: Nivea Santarelli Franco, General Manager Zona Franca Santander, President of the Board of Directors ANDI Free Zone Chamber - Colombia (TBC)
15:30 - 17:00 PM
Workshop – Business Opportunities within European Free Zones

Free zones in different regions have wide range of incentives offered to companies. Most needed in this case is real investor. All free zones wish to attract new investment, new multinational companies, to increase employment and to attract new technologies. In this case need to know more about successful stories and good practice which is implemented in far regions and unknown countries. Ph.D. Dragan Kostic make Master and Doctor Studies in subject of Free zones and have very rich experience in this field. He visited more than 100 free zones in all part of World and have possibilities to present study and case study of most relevant free zones in World with special highlight of EU and Europe free zones best samples (Serbia, Poland, Macedonia, Turkey…)

Target Audience:Free zone managers, Investment policy decision makers, Governmental bodies
Facilitator(s):Ph.D. Dragan Kostic, President of Group of Free zones and custom warehouses, Association of Trade in Serbian Chamber of Economy, Free zone Pirot CEO
9:30 - 10:30
Panel IV: Latin-America Free Zones and Special Economic Zones: Challenges on the new international trade order

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.


Moderator/Keynote speaker: Martin Gustavo Ibarra, Vice Chairman, World FZO – Colombia
Panelist 1: H.E. María Claudia Lacouture, Minister, Trade, Industry and Tourism – Colombia
Panelist 2: H.E. Juan Temístocles Montás, Minister, Industry and Trade – Dominican Republic
Panelist 3: H.E. Arnaldo Castillo, Minister Trade and Industries - Honduras
Panelist 4: H.E. Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, Special Delegate of the Government for the Special Economic Zones – Mexico
11:00 - 12:00
Panel V: Overarching Panel on Designing Next Generation Free Zones

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


Moderator/Keynote speaker: Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Chief Knowledge Officer, World FZO - UAE
Panelist 1: Erik Autor, President, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones - USA
Panelist 2: Mehdi Tazi-Riffi, Board of Director World FZO and Managing Director of TMSA - Morocco
Panelist 3: Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting - Sweden
Panelist 4:TBC

SPEAKERS

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Dr. Juan Pablo Rivera

Colombia
President, ZFB Group
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Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni

United Arab Emirates
Director General, Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA)
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Dr. Mohan Guruswarmy

United Arab Emirates
Chief Knowledge Officer, World FZO
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Dr. Samir Hamrouni

United Arab Emirates
Chief Executive Officer, World FZO
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Eric Autor

United States
President, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ)
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Ana B. Hinojosa

Belgium
Director, Compliance and Facilitation
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Lars Karlsson

Sweden
President, KGH Border Services
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Martin Ibarra

Colombia
President, Free Zones Association of the Americas (AZFA)
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Medhi Tazi-Riffi

Morocco
Board Member, Tanger Med Special Agency
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Philippe Vanhuynegem

Switzerland
Director, ILO Office for Andean Countries
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Dr. Eva Diedrichs

Germany
Managing Director, IMP³rove European Innovation Management Academy
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Shahla Abdul Razak Bastaki

United Arab Emirates
Dep. Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
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Wayne Dunn

Canada
President & Founder, CSR Training Institute
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Representative from IESE

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Representative from UNIDO

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HOTEL

Estelar Cartagena de Indias


The ESTELAR Cartagena de Indias Hotel & Convention Center, is located in the exclusive tourist area of Bocagrande. Just five minutes away from the historic city walls and the Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias and ten minutes away from the “Rafael Núñez” International Airport. It is the most impressive hotel complex in the city with 52 floors, 338 rooms, restaurant on the 12th floor, bar, endless pool and spa.


To make a booking please start the registration process above. If you have any questions regarding your hotel booking, please contact Maira Glatz by email: Maira.Glatz@publicislive.com

LOCATION

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ADDRESS

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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CONTACT

Headquarters: worldfzo.conference@worldfzo.org
Tel: +971 4 204 5473
Fax.: +971 4 295 2945

Latin America: Conferencia2017@worldfzo.org
Teléfono (57 1) 326 85 00 Ext. 2310
Fax.: (57-1) 3473198
Celular: (57) 3188642588

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