Policy Advocacy for Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

A tripartite dialogue
in partnership with GASEZ
Session Type
Session Themes
Special Economic Zones
Room number
Hall 7 Room 16
19 October 2023
11:00 - 12:30 Abu Dhabi

Special economic zones (SEZs) continue to be developed across the world. Mobilizing global support for SEZs and maximizing their contribution to sustainable development requires a concerted effort by key players in the SEZ community. Collectively, SEZs can be more effective in modernization and policy advocacy. CEOs and executives of SEZs and the business community as well as high level policymakers will come together during this session to discuss the pressing current and emerging issues including incentives, tax reforms and the regulatory framework for investment.

This session is organized in partnership with the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones (GASEZ), established in 2022 by UNCTAD together with seven global, regional and national associations representing over 7,000 SEZs. The alliance is dedicated to advancing a new generation of special economic zones for sustainable development.


Minister of Economic Development, Curaçao
Director General, Secretariat of Green Partnership of Industrial Parks of China
President, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and Director Jamaica Special Economic Zones Authority (JSEZA)
Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
Chief Knowledge Officer, World Free Zones Organization
Investment advisor, Ethiopia Investment Commission


Chief Editor, fDi Intelligence, Financial Times