Special Economic Zones as Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks


Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have proliferated in Asia as catalysts for economic growth and to alleviate poverty. Given the different levels of development of Asian countries, the adoption of SEZs has been an evolving proces,s involving various objectives which include export promotion, attracting FDIs, establishing global manufacturing, developing logistics services, liberalizing trade, and promoting trade networks. SEZs are increasingly recognized as instruments for advancing regional cooperation and integration (RCI) given they can spur competitiveness and structural transformation across borders, by expanding economies of scale, improving comparative advantages, and leveraging economic complementarities. SEZs and economic corridors are often used as complementary tools for RCI. 

This capacity-building training aims to deepen participants’ understanding of SEZs as an essential element of RCI. The training will introduce participants to concepts, trends, and best practices on SEZ design, implementation and management. The program is designed to enhance participants' analytical problem-solving skills and strategic thinking skills in formulating and implementing SEZ-related policies and actions. The training also provides a forum for participants to share experiences with counterparts from neighboring countries and develop a network of SEZs practitioners and leaders.

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