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Conferences and Presentations

Republic of Kenya, 2017 Special Economic Zones Authority Board Induction

In March 2017, Secretary-General Jean-Paul Gauthier spoke at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives' SEZ Authority Board Induction in Enashipai, Naivasha, Kenya. Jean-Paul delivered presentations on the Kenya SEZ Legal and Regulatory Framework, for which he had provided extensive technical assistance through multiple assignments with the World Bank, and on designing effective customs and incentives regimes for SEZs. See the program for more.

2015 Presentation to the Mexican Government

Secretary-General Jean-Paul Gauthier assisted the Mexican Ministry of Finance with the development of its SEZ program by presenting "Legal and Institutional Framework for SEZs." President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced that Mexico would develop several free zones in the South and South-East regions of the country.

2014 Presentation to the South African Department of Trade and Industry

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "Integrated and Comprehensive SEZ Strategic & Master Plans" in the East London IDZ, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa on September 17, 2014.

2013 Presentation to the International Economic Development Council

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "Special Economic Zones:  Global Experiences and Best Practices" to the IEDC Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA on 6 October 2013.

2012 Presentation to the Government of Kenya

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "Fiscal Incentives for SEZs: International Best Practice" at the Special Economic Zones Policy and Bill Validation Workshop on October 28–30, 2012 in Mombasa, Kenya.

2011 Presentation to South Africa's Centre for Development and Enterprise

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "Special Economic Zones in Practice:  The roles of government and the private sector in initiating, funding, and managing SEZs" to the CDE on 7 Nov. 2011.  The following year, the CDE published this report on its roundtable on SEZs.

2011 Presentation to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "Le projet de loi portant régime sur les Zones Economiques Spéciales:  Une politique de développement adaptée a la RDC" to the DRC Parliament in Kinshasa on 18 May 2011.

2011 World Bank Presentations

WEPZA members made numerous presentations at the World Bank in 2011.  View the powerpoints from these presentations below:

"Lessons in SEZ Implementation:  Stories from the Trenches" by Jean-Paul Gauthier, Claude Baissac, and Angelica Bertoli Lawson; presented at the World Bank on March 14, 2011.

"Planning and Negotiating PPPs:  An International Legal Perspective" by Jean-Paul Gauthier; presented at the World Bank on May 12, 2011.

2011 Africa Free Zones Association Convention Presentation

Jean-Paul Gauthier presented "SEZs and Regional Integration:  Considerations for EAC Countries" at the 2011 AFZA Convention in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

2010 World Free Zones Convention

Future WEPZA advisory board member Gokhan Akinci spoke at the 2010 World Free Zones Convention. His presentation was titled "Adapting Zones to Fit Global Demands - Adding value through green and sustainable zones," which is available through the World Free Zones Convention library.

2009 World Free Zones Convention

In 2009, advisory board members Gokhan Akinci and Thomas Farole delivered presentations at the 2009 World Free Zones Convention. Mr. Akinci and Mr. Farole co-led a presentation titled "Overview of the Current World Economic Situation, Prospects for Inward and Outward FDI and the Role of SWFs." Mr. Akinci also led a presentation titled "The Future for Infrastructure Models - Public and Private Zones - Mega Project / Single Use Zones - Managing Transfer to the Private Sector." Mr Farole led a presentation titled "Airport Zones and the New AeroTropoli." All are available through the World Free Zones Convention library.

2007 WEPZA Conference

WEPZA held a conference in Antalya, Turkey from April 18–21, 2007.  At the meeting, Turkish State Minister and WEPZA President Kursad Tuzmen credited Turkey's dramatic increase in foreign trade volume to its creation of foreign trade zones.  He also noted that WEPZA members directed or consulted 15% of global trade. Read the transcript of the speeches delivered at the conference.

2007 World Free Zones convention

In November 2007, the World Free Zones Convention met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and future WEPZA Secretary-General Jean-Paul Gauthier and WEPZA Advisory Board Member Gokhan Akinci delivered a presentation titled "Current Policy (Legal and Economic) Issues Affecting Zones: PPP and Institutional Arrangement for Zone Ownership and Operations including asset management / valuation issues." The presentation is available through the World Free Zones Convention library.

2005 World Free Zones convention

Future WEPZA Secretary-General Jean-Paul Gauthier and WEPZA Advisory Board Member Gokhan Akinci both delivered a presentation at the World Free Zones Convention in London, titled "How Foreign Investors and Private Finance Initiatives are Influencing Decision Making - Fiscal Incentives/Competition and Deregulation." The presentation is available through the World Free Zones Convention library.

2004 WEPZA Conference

WEPZA held its 22nd conference in Cape Town, South Africa on October 31, 2004, alongside the World Free Zone Convention (WFZC). The WEPZA conference included a review and discussion of the WFZC meetings, speeches by several specially invited guests who did not speaking at the WFZC, and a review of WEPZA's activities for the year.

2004 World Free Zones Convention

WEPZA Secretaries-General Robert Haywood and Dick Bolin gave presentations at the World Free Zones Convention. Mr. Haywood's presentation was on "Free Zones in China" and Mr. Bolin's was titled "Which Sectors Benefit Most from Free Zones." Both can be accessed through the World Free Zones Convention library.

State Minister Kursad Tuzmen congratulated by WEPZA Director Robert Haywood

State Minister Kursad Tuzmen congratulated by WEPZA Director Robert Haywood

2003 WEPZA Conference

WEPZA held its 21st conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2003.  At the meeting, WEPZA Director Robert Haywood presented Kursad Tuzmen, Turkey's Minister of State with an award from the General Directorate of Free Zones recognizing his outstanding contributions to the Turkish Free Zones.  Speakers included Daniel Oliver, Former U.S. Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and Richard Bolin, who announced that he was stepping down from his role as co-Director of WEPZA. Read the transcript of the speeches delivered at the conference.

2002 World Free Zones Convention and WEPZA Annual General Meeting

In 2002, WEPZA Secretaries-General Robert Haywood and Dick Bolin spoke at the World Free Zones Convention. WEPZA also held its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Convention. Mr. Haywood's presentation is available through the World Free Zones Convention library.

2001 World Free Zones Convention

WEPZA Secretary-General Robert Haywood was a featured speaker at the World Free Zones Convention in June 2001. His presentation was titled "Free Zones Across the World: Successes and Failures."