5 days, 100 booths, 1,000 guests

by May 26, 2022Pulse

REGISTRATION is now open for the first-ever World Free Zone Conference Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) to be held in Jamaica, which will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 13-17.

For five days delegates from around the world will engage and re-engage with leaders and technocrats on critical topics concerning the future of supply chains and free zones, developments in global and regional trade, and emerging trends.

The event will position Jamaica at the centre of attention within this global industry. Over 1,000 attendees are anticipated, with over 100 trade exhibition booths on display.

One of the many spaces available for use at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, which will host AICE from June 13 to 17. There are two fountains in this space which can be lit with colours to match any theme.

“Jamaica is happy to be the first in the region to host this all-important World Free Zone Conference,” said Director of Tourism Donovan White.

“Set against the backdrop of our tourism capital, Montego Bay, this year’s theme ‘Zones — Your Partner for Resilience, Sustainability, and Prosperity’ resonates well with the posture of Jamaica as the country navigates the pandemic, with the tourist industry playing a key role in the island’s recovery. We look forward to the discussions and key learnings as we imbibe participants with true Jamaican hospitality.”

CEO of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO), Dr Samir Hamrouni emphasised the importance of the WFZO AICE returning to an in-person event, especially in Jamaica, as it is a bridge to the Latin American and US markets.

“As we come out of this pandemic we continue to see the effects it is having on society and economies, and more directly on the global supply chains and free zones. The WFZO remains committed to our philosophy of ‘Converge, Connect and Converse’. We see a great number of opportunities arising and believe that the AICE is the perfect platform for bringing together key international decision-makers, service providers, and consultants to exchange knowledge, experiences, and best practices to drive our industry into the future,” said Hamrouni.

Providing a comprehensive package, the AICE will offer all stakeholders a great opportunity to build brand awareness among an audience of key professionals, investors, government officials and business leaders from around the world. Segments of the conference will highlight Jamaica’s investment opportunities as the global logistics gateway interconnecting the Americas to the world. Equally important, the event will feature business-to-business (B2B) meetings and tours of Jamaica’s investment opportunities, special economic zones, and attractions.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the keynote speaker, with other noted speakers to include the WFZO’s Hamrouni; director, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, James Zhan; deputy secretary general, World Customs Organization, Richard Trevino; president, Tax Foundation, USA, Scott Hodge; chief, Fiscal Management Division, Inter-American Development Bank, Emilio Pineda Ayerbe; and editor, fDi Magazine, Financial Times, Jacopo Dettoni.

Source: JTB


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