Dubai: The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) has signed an agreement with the Adriatica Special Economic Zone to appoint Bari as the host city for the 10th edition of the Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE). The event will be held from June 19th to 21st, 2024. The conference will run alongside the G7 Summit, which is also scheduled to take place in Puglia during the same period.
Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Chairman of the World Free Zones Organization; the Extraordinary Government Commissioner of the Adriatica Special Economic Zone, Mr. Manlio Guadagnuolo; Italy’s Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Sen. Francesco Paolo Sisto; and the Italian Under-Secretary of State for Health, Mr. Marcello Gemmato, were present in the signing ceremony.
AICE is one of the world’s most prestigious events in economic development and free zone operations. The event serves as an ideal platform for dialogue, collaboration, and the exchange of innovative ideas that seek to drive economic growth and development in international trade by bringing together key stakeholders, global experts, and industry leaders.
“At the World FZO, our commitment lies in shaping the future of Zones and creating value through public policies that uphold the system’s values. AICE has consolidated its position as an ideal platform for leaders of Special Economic Zones and Free Zones to convene annually, exchange ideas, collaborate, and attract investments,” Dr. Al Zarooni concluded.
The event will explore various topics shaping the future of global Free Zones, including improvements in artificial intelligence, ICT, and digital transformation; welcoming sustainable development goals (SDGs) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals within the framework of the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones (GASEZ); exploring opportunities in the blue economy and infrastructure asset management.
This is in addition to promoting SEZs as specialized areas for production chains, enabling investments in diverse sectors such as tourism, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare, as per the statement.