On October 29, 2019, Zhuhai, the 3rd World Free Zone (Hengqin) Summit with the theme of “Open Innovation, Interconnection” was grandly opened in Zhuhai, Guangdong. The summit attracted more than 180 audiences from China free trade zones, overseas free zones, academic research institutes, and enterprises, which made the event success.
The organizer invited several heavyweight guests to deliver keynote speeches in the main forum. The VIP guests included: 1) Mr. Chen Guangjun, member of the party committee of the Guangdong provincial department of commerce and deputy director of the provincial pilot free trade zone office; 2) Abdulla Qassem, deputy CEO of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO); 3) Zhao Xiaolei, the dean and professor of the Institute of Free Trade Zone of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; 4) Mao Yanhua, associate dean of the Institute of Free Trade Zone, Sun Yat-Sen University; 5) Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, the chief knowledge officer of the WFZO; 6) Johnny Victor Malek, the marketing consultant of the Dubai Airport Free Zone; 7) Lai Siqing, the director of Nigeria Lekki Free Zone; 8) Chantal Poiret, the exclusive advisor to the CEO of E&D; 9) Peter Kengemar, the project director of the Ihu special economic zone project.
In the main forum, guest speakers shared their experience & discussed the advanced free trade zone planning, zone management, top-level design, leadership training, and multi-dimensional development elements of FTZ, based on the situation of the China free trade zones. Up to now, the number of pilot free trade zones in China has reached 18, reflecting the firm determination of China to further expansion & opening up.
"We could discern the global challenges among free trade according to the current global trend. The innovation of systems in the pilot free trade zone is well adapted to the changes in today's market. We must recognize the contribution of the free trade zones to the world economy. The WFZO needs to continuously upgrade its role to enhance the bond between free zones globally. We continue to defend the interests of our members. We will maintain cooperation and discussion with the OECD, the World Trade Organization, and the World Customs Organization," Abdulla Qassem, the deputy CEO of WFZO, said in his speech.
The World Free Zone (Hengqin) Summit has been successfully held for three consecutive years. It acts as a platform for the global & China pilot free trade zones, and enterprises to exchange and look for business cooperation in China market. The summit becomes an essential window for direct dialogue between the free zones. It is a symbol of knowledge exchange, experience sharing, and best practice examples of global free zones.
About the World Free Zone Organization
The World Free Zones Organization is the truly international multilateral free zone organization with far-reaching global influence. It was initiated by 14 major free trade zones, such as the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Dubai Airport Free Trade Zone, and American Industrial Free Zone. It was incorporated in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014 and headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At present, the World Free Zone Organization has more than 125 national members and more than 570 free zone members, including national and regional free trade zones and their management committees, free zone export processing zones, ports, logistics, and other world-famous enterprises, free zone associations, and academic research institutions.