FACILITATING THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE-CITY LINK (in partnership with UN Habitat)

FACILITATING THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE-CITY LINK (in partnership with UN Habitat)

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light some of the challenges associated with increased urbanization, including densely populated and poorly planned areas. Urban centers have not only been epicenters for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, but also proved to be particularly challenging settings within which to respond effectively to the pandemic. Existing inter-urban inequalities are likely to be exacerbated, with the most vulnerable sectors of society, including urban informal sectors, being the hardest hit by the negative economic consequences of the crisis.

Special economic zones (SEZs) can play an important role in fostering more sustainable, resilient cities and urban centers. This specialized event will exchange practices about how the “SEZ-city link” has been successfully developed across countries and discuss its role in achieving a resilient recovery post-pandemic.  Specific attention will be given to the important facilitating role of local economic actors, notably city-level investment promotion agencies (IPAs).

Issues to be addressed:

  • The role of SEZs and city-level IPAs in contributing to sustainable urbanization.
  • How can linkages between SEZs and the city-level domestic private sector be facilitated.
  • Ways that city-level IPAs can facilitate investment in key Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-related sectors post pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Stephen Phillips, Director General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
  • Mr. Juan Pablo Rivera, President, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Zona Franca Bogotá

Moderator:

  • Mr. Jacopo Dettoni, Editor, fDi Intelligence, Financial Times

Event Manager: Ms. Stephania Bonilla-Feret
Contact email: Stephania.Bonilla@unctad.org