Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks Training


Special economic zones (SEZs) can play a catalytic role in economic development, provided the right business environment and policies are put in place. In Asia, SEZs can facilitate trade, investment, and policy reform at a time the region is experiencing a slowdown in trade and economic growth. For SEZs to be successful, they must establish strong backward and forward linkages with the overall economy. Effective SEZs must be an integral part of dynamic national development strategies and evolve as economies develop by transforming from manufacturing bases to technological platforms for innovation and modern services.

This regional training will discuss concepts, trends, good practices and lessons for SEZs design, implementation and management, and identify avenues for cross-border e-commerce development and cooperation. The training will be participated by senior officials from relevant ministries and national agencies in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, PRC, Thailand and Viet Nam. The training will also feature a field trip to Shanghai Pudong Development Zone and Shanghai Free Trade Zone.