To enhance the international presence of the organization and support its regional offices

The International Free Zones Association accredits 37 voluntary national contact points

Al-Zarouni chairs a remote meeting of the World Organization for Free Zones. From the source

The World Organization for Free Zones has announced the approval of 37 national voluntary contact points, which will assist the organization in disseminating knowledge, experiences, best solutions and practices of the free zones sector in a number of countries, during a remote meeting attended by the organization's president, Dr. Mohamed Al Zarouni.

The importance of the initiative comes in light of the role that more than 3000 free zones play around the world, in facilitating the passage of about a third of global trade movement through these zones, which provide about 70 million jobs and contribute to supporting many sectors, through a network of commercial centers and sector platforms. Specialized, linked to the global value-added chain.

The President of the World Organization for Free Zones, Dr. Muhammad Al-Zarouni, said: "The contact points will play an important role at the national level, in cooperation with the regional offices and ambassadors of the organization, which will enhance its global role."

He added: “We realize the importance of supporting the members of the organization with the necessary flexibility to deal with the rapid changes, especially in light of the (Covid-19) crisis, in order to get out of it in a stronger and more organized way and ready to face the coming challenges,” pointing out that the global network of regional offices, national contact points and ambassadors Accredited by the World Free Zones Organization, the organization will help to better support member regions around the world, and adapt to the conditions of the new trade environment resulting from this crisis.

According to the charter of the World Free Zones Organization, the National Contact Points are an institution or person who is appointed for a one-year renewable term, to represent a specific country in the process of information exchange between the organization and the free zone sector in that country. Its main role lies in collecting data for countries and case studies, in addition to coordinating the process of organizing training workshops at the local level, and facilitating opinion polls for the various stakeholders.

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