World FZO strikes agreement with Adriatica Special Economic Zone

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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AICE 2024 in Bari
Officials during the signing ceremony.

The World Free Zones Organisation (World FZO) has signed an agreement with the Adriatica Special Economic Zone, appointing Bari as the host city for the 10th edition of the Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE), taking place from 19 to 21 June 2024.

The conference will run alongside the G7 Summit, which is also scheduled to take place in Puglia during the same period.

AICE is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious events in economic development and free zone operations. Bringing together key stakeholders, global experts, and industry leaders, AICE 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.

Mohammed Al Zarooni
Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni
Chairman – World FZO

“AICE 2024 will mark a milestone in economic development and free zones. We are delighted to collaborate with the Adriatica Special Economic Zone and the Italian Government in shaping the future of global trade and economic growth. AICE represents an exceptional opportunity for Italy, as it unites eight Special Economic Zones in Southern Italy under one zone and extends its impact to the entire South, potentially transforming the region into an extraordinary engine of economic growth, attracting foreign investments. World FZO is here to support this new course. 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.”

The event will explore opportunities in the blue economy and infrastructure asset management, as per the statement.

Furthermore, it explores various topics shaping the future of global Free Zones, including advancements in artificial intelligence, ICT, and digital transformation, embracing sustainable development goals (SDGs) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives within the framework of the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones (GASEZ).

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