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Special Economic Zones: Addressing Proliferation Challenges through Best Practices in SEZ Management
Special Economic Zones – an umbrella term which includes Free Trade Zones, Export Processing Zones, Freeports, and others – are becoming ubiquitous across the globe. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as of 2019, 147 countries had established some kind of SEZ, with the total number of SEZs worldwide nearing 5,400. These Zones offer many advantages, including a more relaxed regulatory environment, which increases the ease of doing business. The flow-down benefits for states hosting successful SEZs can be significant: a high-performing zone with strong foreign investment can create thousands of jobs while also building the capabilities of the local workforce as outside investors share expertise and know-how. However, these advantages also come with risks. The resulting environment can prove attractive to nefarious actors engaging in illicit activities such as counterfeiting, money laundering, and general smuggling.

This event will explore these issues and focus on strategies to mitigate conventional and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation risks. The discussion will address topics such as legal frameworks, the roles of different SEZ stakeholders, training and outreach, SEZ management, and best practices. Please join our distinguished panel for a lively discussion that will include viewpoints from industry, SEZ operators, public officials, international organizations, business associations, and researchers, as we work together to improve SEZ governance and strengthen global security.

Nov 10, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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