UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES AWARD
This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2). Abu Dhabi, UAE time is 2:00 hours ahead of Geneva, Switzerland.
Special economic zones (SEZs) – geographically delimited areas within which governments facilitate industrial activity through fiscal and regulatory incentives and infrastructure support – are widely used across most developing and many developed economies. Although the performance of many zones remains below expectations, failing either to attract significant investment or to generate economic impact beyond their confines, new zones continue to be developed, as governments increasingly compete for internationally mobile industrial activity. Policymakers face not only the traditional challenges of making SEZs succeed, including the need for adequate strategic focus, regulatory and governance models, and investment promotion tools, but also new challenges brought about by the sustainable development imperative, the new industrial revolution and changing patterns of international production.
The overall objective of UN SEZ Awards is to showcase and highlight SEZs around the world that have been able to achieve good results across a range of dimensions despite contemporary challenges affecting zones. In addition, the awards will be used as a platform for knowledge sharing and the dissemination of best practices for SEZ policymakers and practitioners from around the world.
Event Manager: Ms. Amelia U. Santos-Paulino
Contact email: Amelia.Santos-Paulino@unctad.org