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    AICE 2017

    The Next Generation Free Zones

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    Add to My Calendar 2017-05-03 9:00:00 2017-05-05 18:00:00 America/Bogota World FZO 3rd Annual International Conference and Exhibition What does it take to design next generation free zones? Join us in Cartagena on May 3-5 for AICE 2017, the largest Free Zone conference of the year, and hear from the world's leading free zone experts, economists, government officials, and policy makers as they share the latest research, insights and analysis on the growing importance and impact of special economic zones across the globe. An event not to be missed – the 2017 edition will again bring together thousands of World FZO members and other prominent participants from across the globe, including international free zones, multi-lateral and commercial organizations in order to exchange ideas towards developing a vision for the free zone of the future. Cartagena, Colombia World Free Zones Organization events@worldfzo.org

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 Foregin 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

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

They love it. Read what previous attendees had to say!

SCHEDULE

Stay tuned for AICE 2017 schedule updates!

10:00 - 11:00
Panel I: Best Practices

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.


Panelists:

Ana B. Hinojosa, Director, Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization. Belgium
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office. United Arab Emirates
Juan Pablo Rivera Cabal, Presidente, Grupo ZFB. Colombia
11:30 - 12:30
Panel II: Innovation

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.

14:00 - 15:00
Panel III: Sustainability

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'.


Panelists:

Philippe Vanhuynegem, Director, Office for the Andean Countries, ILO. Switzerland
Wayne Dunn, President & Founder, CSR Training Institute. Canada
9:30 - 10:30
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
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

Panelists

Erik Auto, President, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones. USA
Mehdi Tazi-Riffi, Board member, Tangier Free Zone. Morocco
Lars Karlsson, Managing Director. KGH Global Consulting. Sweden

SPEAKERS

Stay tuned for AICE 2017 speaker updates!

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Dr Juan Pablo Rivera

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Dr Mohammed Alzarooni

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Dr Mohan Guruswarmy

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Dr Samir Hamrouni

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Eric Autor

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Ana B. Hinojosa

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Lars Karlsson

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Martin Ibarra

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Medhi Tazi-Riffi

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Wayne Dunn

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Representative from IESE

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Philippe Vanhuynegem

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Representative from UNIDO

PRICING

Choose your pass for the event.

Regular Pass
$500
  • From December 5th to April 2nd
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Late Registration
$650
  • From April 3th on-wards
Regular Pass
$750
  • From December 5th to April 2nd
RSVP
Late Registration
$900
  • From April 3rd on-wards

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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
Tel: +57 318 8642588

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Members will receive an email with a code and instructions on how to redeem their free ticket. If you are a member and haven't received a code please send an email to membership@worldfzo.org

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