Themed “Economic Zones and Free Zones’ contribution to sustainable economic development in Africa,” the event brought together representatives of 30 African countries as well as international experts.
The participants discussed best practices and models for the successful development of special economic zones as well as the challenges and roles of economic and free zones in terms of FDI attractiveness, investment and financing strategy and regional integration of the zones.
The African Free Zones Organization (AFZO) is an association founded upon the initiative of Tanger-Med in 2015. It includes the main African economic zones, free zones and institutions in charge of the development, management and promotion of economic zones and free zones in Africa.
It currently has 29 members representing 18 African countries: Gabon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Botswana.