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Free Zones of the Year 2019

The Report presents a global focus list of leading Free-trade Zones (FTZs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Industrial Development Zones (IDZs) etc. in 2019. Free-Zones can be regarded as an investment in industrial infrastructure and a services provider to attract and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), integrate local firms into global value chains, promote export-oriented growth and generate employment. For many countries, these zones are an important instrument of socioeconomic development. They are widely deployed to kick-start industrial sectors and to promote technology transfer to local economies and can contribute to improving the overall investment environment, lowering transaction costs for FDI activities, increasing the ease of doing business and streamlining administrative procedures, including the time required to set up operations.  UNCTAD’s estimate, there are now  over 5,000 Free Zones worldwide and they are still front of mind for investment policymakers.

Andrey Shpilenko Director of the Association for the Development of Clusters and Technology Parks of Russia

Institute of SEZs is well-known to the world community It has a positive impact on the industrial development of countries, creation of new high-tech industries referred to a modern technological structural shift. SEZs in Russia are among the most efficient instruments of business support, as they contribute to reduction of costs of investment projects. One […]

Russian SEZ’s at a glance

Russian Special Economic Zones are growing industrial, technology, logistics and touristic territories with special benefits and incentives for investors. Special Economic Zones  are set up for increase of Russian market share in international markets of hi-tech products and machinery development for concentration of intellectual assets and other resources for solutions of priority tasks in S&T […]

Aleksandr Kozlovsky Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Expert Council on Special Economic Zones

The purpose set by the leaders of the Russian Federation concerned social development and economic growth of Russia at accelerated pace on the basis of sustainable development of regions and municipalities, should be achieved by removing existing legal restrictions, elaboration of unified approach to the development mechanisms of territorial planning, improving the efficiency of industrial […]

Maxim Oreshkin Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation’s entry into the top 5 world’s economies is to be ensured by implementing new investment projects in manufacturing of the high performance and export-oriented sector, by increasing the level of localisation of production as well as by introducing advanced production technologies in a wide-scale way. It is a necessary condition for both […]

Vitaly Mutko Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation

The Russia’s purpose to enter the top 5 of the world’s largest economies can be pursued exclusively due to providing comfortable conditions for doing business, boosting investment activity in the real sector. All of these can be achieved by comprehensive infrastructure developing. Special Economic Zones (SEZs) refer to one of the most efficient mechanisms for […]

Ready for Investment

Globalisation is taking root across the world at a rapid pace. With ever increasing demands on movement of goods and services right through to taxation and larger markets, it’s essential  to finding the right location and partners. And South Africa has moved to ensure that its citizens benefit from these changes by adopting Special Economic […]

New Gateway to the Middle East

Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone in Oman talks of recent and upcoming developments set to support its status as the new gateway to the Middle East. CEO Insight: What is the vision for SOHAR Port and are you satisfied with progress to date on achieving stated objectives? Mark Geilenkirchen: SOHAR is rapidly […]

Destinations of Excellence 2018


This list features those FDI and MICE locations that lead the way when it comes to facilities, professionalism, vision and enterprise. The winning destinations have successfully implemented an offering based on their tangible local business and cultural heritage assets. Our jury has appraised the nominations, suggestions and contributions of the editorial team, unearthing the best and brightest pioneers in business today for our readership.

Nuremberg: MICE Central

Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria is strategically positioned in the south of the country, affording ready access to the likes of Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, with event organisers and MICE buyers also attracted by its airport, located not much more than a stone’s throw from the city and providing short-haul routes that reach […]

Beyond Brexit: Hamburg

Hamburg and the United Kingdom have been linked through friendship for many centuries. Today, more than 4,000 British citizens have their permanent place of residence in Hamburg, and some 1,000 Hamburg-based companies are engaged in trade and business relations with the UK. These close ties extend to personal relation- ships, business and academia. The UK’s […]

MICE Opportunities in Russia

Events can be a powerful driver of meaningful results when coherently thought through, but conference planners can no longer expect monotone presentations with background PowerPoint slides in homogeneous conference halls to leave any sort of lasting impression. Attendees are getting bored with the routine destination choices, so whether you are organising a conference for clients, […]

Iceland’s Got the Power

Located half way between Europe and North America, Iceland is the Land of Fire and Ice. It is well known as having some of the largest glaciers in Europe and world’s most active geothermal areas. But did you now that Iceland also has a business environment that is highly efficient with a flexible labour market […]

Full Steam Ahead – Malta

‘We speak with Peter Cauchi, Head of Department at Conventions Malta regarding opportunities and support for events held in Malta’ CEO Insight: Can you outline the services you can offer international clients? Conventions Malta offers a number of services including the following: • We provide information about the destination and impartial advice to meeting, conference […]

Düsseldorf – On Track

Düsseldorf, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a veritable magnet for FDI. For many years it has attracted numerous global companies of renown looking for a gateway into Europe, and its popularity on this front shows no sign of abating, particularly in respect of companies from Japan, whose workers have had the option […]

Companies of Excellence 2018Companies of Excellence list acknowledges enterprises that are at the summit of achievement in terms of excellence, influence and professionalism.
These companies have a vision that shapes the conceptual landscape of inward investment, finance, business, technology, conferencing, design, architecture and law.

Excellence takes time, commitment and copious amounts of hard work. So we celebrate this. We present in our view, what constitutes such a recommendation. With this in mind we tip our hat and acknowledge the hard work, success and vision displayed. Throughout 2018 we will present you a selection of profiles and interviews celebrating  the  companies making the grade.


BELLIN: Fit for the Future

BELLIN was founded in 1998 by Martin Bellin. To this day, he remains CEO and the driving force behind this German global technology company that provides solutions for treasury and corporate banking. As the company celebrates its twentieth anniversary, we take a look at what the future holds for this company of excellence. BELLIN, the […]

Be Proactive

Zinnovate International: the brainchild of a man struck by the inefficiency and conservatism he encountered over many years working around freight and logistics. Based in Stockholm, Sweden and driven by Håkan Nilsson, a true global visionary activist, this uber-lean, inspirational and inventive IT and management consultancy has been central in catalysing the transformation of an […]

RA Shaw Designs

RA Shaw Designs constitutes the only single-source architecture and general contracting firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has built a reputation for fusing structure with topography, form with functionality and style with substance. Its status as a sought after full-service architectural design and construction firm is underpinned by the turnkey nature of the […]

Cyber Security: The Changing Face of the Boardroom

Over the past year Templar Executives has been experiencing an increasing number of requests from Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to support them in developing their own personal understanding of Cyber Security. The common aim is to be able to identify what they should be challenging their Boards on and how the NEDs can ensure assurance in […]

Digital Banking Revolution and ICS Financial Systems

The technology revolution has rapidly spread over the past few years, and many businesses are no longer just plain structures offering products or services but rather multifunctional structures with complex systems that integrate with the globalised world. Technological adaptability is now essential for businesses to grow and develop in any market, and financial institutions are […]

Keeping Time – People Behind the Brand

The luxury watch market has seen massive growth in the last 5 years and it’s not just the Swiss that produce the perfect timepieces. We sit down with Grímkell Sigurþórsson from JS Watch Company Reykjavik in Iceland on what it takes to get ahead in this industry.   Jamie Harrison: Let’s start from the beginning, […]