UNCTAD – ESCAP Seminar on Investments and Special Economic Zones

14 Jun 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
Open meeting

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are widely used as a tool for investment attraction. Although the performance of many zones remains below expectations, the rate of establishment of new zones is accelerating as governments compete for internationally mobile industries.

Policymakers face not only the traditional challenges to making SEZs succeed, which includes a strategic focus, sound governance models, and effective investment promotion tools, but also new challenges brought about by the sustainable development imperative, the new industrial revolution, and changing patterns of international production. To help inform policy makers in addressing these challenges, UNCTAD’s World Investment Report (WIR) 2019 explores the place of SEZs in today’s global investment landscape and provides guidance for policymakers on how to make SEZs work for sustainable development.

The session will bring experts and policymakers to discuss global investment, investment policy trends, and SEZs as a key tool for attracting investment for development as reported in UNCTAD’s recently launched WIR2019. Discussion will also cover the evolution of SEZs, institutional mechanism supporting them, and policy lessons from SEZs globally.

The online registration is available at https://meetings.unescap.org/.