4th Annual Meeting of African Economic Zones on the theme of industrialization
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Media OutReach – 21 November 2019 – Africa Free
Zones Organisation (AFZO) organized on November 19th, 2019, at the
African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, its 4th Annual
Meeting, under the theme “Economic Zones — Accelerator for Industrialization in
Africa”, with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry of the
African Union Commission (AUC).
Opening ceremony of the Africa Free Zones Organisation’ 4th Annual
Meeting co-chaired by H.E. M Albert
Muchanga the Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union
Commission (AUC), Ms Dagmawit Moges the Minister of Transport of Ethiopia, M
Mehdi Tazi Riffi the President of the Africa Free Zones Organisation
The meeting was held during the
“Africa Industrialization Week”, organized by the African Union from the 18th
to the 22nd November 2019.
Several international speakers representing international and financial
institutions such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNECA, AfDB etc. shared during this event
their expertise on effective means for economic zones development in Africa. In
this respect, various topics related to challenges and trends of African
economic zones were addressed including strategic directions and effective
governance model, contribution of economic zones for FDI growth and job
creation, importance of logistics competitiveness within economic zones, skills
development and training.
The opening ceremony of the Africa Free Zones Organisation’ 4th
Annual Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. M Albert Muchanga the Commissioner for
Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC), Ms Dagmawit Moges the
Minister of Transport of Ethiopia, M Mehdi Tazi Riffi the President of the Africa
Free Zones Organisation. Along with representatives from official authorities
and special economic zones.
Over 220 delegates representing 43 countries attended this important
event, including 60 African economic zones, 30 experts, as well as several
representatives of governmental authorities, international institutions and public
and private organizations.
Africa Free Zones Organisation (AFZO): Serving the
development of Economic Zones in Africa
AFZO was founded back in 2015 by
Tanger Med along with other African economic zones.
Africa Free Zones Organisation
brings together the leading African economic zones and institutions in charge
of the development, management and promotion of economic zones in our
The Africa Free Zones Organisation
of African Economic Zones at international organisations
and improvement of economic zones attractiveness
up of tailored model for economic zones development
The Organisation currently has more
than 72 members representing 37 African countries.
To this end, several actions have
been organised by AFZO this last year, including:
regional meetings in several countries including Ghana (Accra), Gabon
(Libreville), and Togo (Lomé). These workshops brought together more than 500
participants from 30 different countries.
sessions for members, led by international experts on topics related to
economic zones. These sessions benefited more than 200 participants.
of the first comprehensive economic zones database “Atlas Book”,
including all relevant information on areas such as macroeconomic data,
investment attractiveness, and regulations and laws.
of a Knowledge Center including several reports and studies on the economic
zones, as well as an interactive exchange platform facilitating the sharing of
documentation and best practices.
of the “African Economic Zones Outlook” through an analysis of
African economic zones, their contribution in attracting FDI and job creation
as well as prevailing PPP development models.