Rēzekne SEZ participates in Annual International Conference and Exhibition of World Free Zones Organization
Uniting free zones from all over the world, in the end of April and beginning of May of this year, World Free Zones Organization organized Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE 2018), which was devoted to the topic “Free Zones 10X – Path to Prosperity”. Promoting international cooperation, Rēzekne SEZ Authority also participated in the events of AICE 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Starting the events of AICE 2018, training program “Leaders of the Future” took plave on April 27-29, as a part of extraordinary program of AICE 2018. During the training program participants had an opportunity to improve their knowledge on the topics of investment attraction, develop free zone management skills and get to know various trade and regional development promotion instruments. On April 29 another event of extraordinary program of AICE 2018 – discussion “One Belt One Zone Alliance” – was organized. Discussion was devoted to the topic of international cooperation in the area of transport and logistics, which could promote cooperation between free zones of Europe, Asia and India in this area.
While on April 30 and May 1 the main events of AICE 2018 – congress of World Free Zones Organization, exhibition and conference took place. Event was devoted to the topics of innovations, Technology friendly free zones, green or environmentally friendly zones, security and safe customs procedures in free zones etc. World Free Zones Organization organized the event for the 4th time and it has been envisaged that it gathered 900 participants from more than 80 free zones of the world.
In scope of the Congress of World Free Zones Organization, Memorandum of Understanding on European Association of Free Zones and Industrial Parks was signed by the heads of free zones including Rēzekne SEZ Authority on May 1. The Memorandum signed is the basis for further steps in establishment of European Association of Free Zones and Industrial parks that has been undertaken by El Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona. The main aim of the establishment of the association is to ensure the representation of the interests of free zones on the European level, promote safe and sustainable development of industrial territories, as well as to ensure cooperation between free zones.
In parallel to participation in the events, the CEO of Rēzekne SEZ also had a meeting with the representatives of the Representation of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia in United Arab Emirates. The aim of the meeting was to introduce the Representation with the possibilities offered by Rēzekne SEZ and promote cooperation in the area of investment attraction.
Photo from the Archives of Rēzekne SEZ