Workshops & Trainings

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) As Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks 2017

25 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017 Shanghai, The People's Republic of China

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have proliferated in Asia as catalysts for economic growth and to alleviate poverty. Given the different levels of development of Asian countries, the adoption of SEZs has been an evolving proces,s involving various objectives which include export promotion, attracting FDIs, establishing global manufacturing, developing logistics services, liberalizing trade, and promoting trade networks. SEZs are increasingly recognized as instruments for advancing regional cooperation and integration (RCI) given they can spur competitiveness and structural transformation across borders, by expanding economies of scale, improving comparative advantages, and leveraging economic complementarities. SEZs and economic corridors are often used as complementary tools for RCI. 

This capacity-building training aims to deepen participants’ understanding of SEZs as an essential element of RCI. The training will introduce participants to concepts, trends, and best practices on SEZ design, implementation and management. The program is designed to enhance participants’ analytical problem-solving skills and strategic thinking skills in formulating and implementing SEZ-related policies and actions. The training also provides a forum for participants to share experiences with counterparts from neighboring countries and develop a network of SEZs practitioners and leaders.

Organizers:
  • ADB BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS (B.I.G) Programs
  • Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute (AFDI)
Agenda:

Module 1: Development Context and SEZs Design, Implementation and Management 

TimeProgram
0800 – 0830Registration
Pre-test
Administrative Announcements
0830 – 0900Opening Ceremonies
Welcome Remarks and Messages
Group Photo
0900 – 1015Session 1.1
Introduction and Training Roadmap
Interactive Exercise: Getting to Know You, Expectations Check and Training Overview and Objectives
Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader and Training Specialist (Consultant) and Jordana Queddeng-Cosme, Program Analyst (Consultant), ADB-RCDTA 8836

Interactive session for participants to get to know each other, develop learning contract and discuss the training overview and objectives.
1015 – 1030 Tea/Coffee Break
1030 – 1200Session 1.2
Lecture and Discussions: Understanding Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as a Policy Option
Aradhna Aggarwal, Chair Professor, Department of International Business and Economics, Copenhagen Business School

The session will present SEZs concepts, types, evolution, rationale, role in economic development, benefits, linkages with development strategies and future trends.
1200 – 1330Lunch Break
1330 – 1500Session 1.3
Lecture and Discussions: Strategy Building and Policy Design for Effective SEZs
Aradhna Aggarwal, Chair Professor, Department of International Business and Economics, Copenhagen Business School

The session will introduce factors that lead to effective design, implementation and management of SEZs which can include land use and spatial planning, infrastructure and support services, institutional design and approaches, investment promotion, business development services, labor market development, and monitoring and evaluation.
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1545Session 2.1
Instruction for Workshop and Exercise: SEZs as Development Approaches in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS and Select Country Case Studies
Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader & Training Specialist (Consultant), ADB RCDTA 8836 and participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) to assess and present (Day 3) the subregional cooperation programs (SCPs): (i) SEZs development approaches (e.g. as part of economic corridors); (ii) benefits and opportunities; (ii) challenges and bottlenecks in SEZs design, implementation and management; and (iv) recommendations at national and subregional levels. Guide questions and template to be provided.
1545 – 1630 Session 2.2
Workshops and Exercises: SEZs as Development Approaches and Select SEZs Country Case Studies in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader & Training Specialist (Consultant), ADB RCDTA 8836 and participants in multi-country teams
1645 – 2000Welcome Dinner at the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Module 1: Development Context and SEZs Design, Implementation and Management

Module 2: Measuring Impact and Performance of SEZs

TimeProgram
0830 – 1000Session 2.3
Presentation and Discussion: Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation – How to Ensure the Effective Implementation of the Policy
Aradhna Aggarwal, Chair Professor, Department of International Business and Economics, Copenhagen Business School

The session will present different practices regarding the types of SEZs developed and their relevance in the overall context taken by countries in various subregions in Asia (e.g. Southeast Asia, East Asia, Central Asia and South Asia). Good practices, pitfalls to be avoided and drawing common lessons will be highlighted. National and subregional implications and SEZs as tools in regional cooperation and integration will be emphasized.
1000 – 1015Tea/Coffee Break
1015 – 1145Session 2.4
Lecture and Discussions: SEZs Experience of Selected Asian Countries
Aradhna Aggarwal, Chair Professor, Department of International Business and Economics, Copenhagen Business School

The session will present SEZ performance in Asia and other continents and will include tools, evaluation of performance and success drivers.
1145 – 1315Lunch
1315 – 1700Field Visit
Sessions 3.1-3.2
Shanghai Pudong Development Zone and Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ)
Zhu Ming, Director, Office of Cooperation and Exchange, Shanghai Municipal Government


  • Assembly and board the bus

  • Depart for Shanghai Pudong Development Zone

  • Visit Exhibition of Pudong Development Zone; focus on development and institutional arrangements of Shanghai Free Trade Zone

  • Depart for downtown

1730 – 2000 onwardsFree time and shopping downtown
Participants make own dinner arrangements

Module 3: The PRC’s Experience in Developing Economic Zones

TimeProgram
0830 – 1000 Session 3.3
Presentation and Discussions (Q&A): An Overview of Development Zones in China: Trends, Problems and Prospects
Yin Xingmin, Professor and Deputy Director, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

This session will introduce the objectives and history of the PRC’s SEZs and industrial development zones (IDZs). The presentation will include the SEZs and IDZs: (i) policies design and development; (ii) progress of IDZs based on clusters; (iii) contribution to national economy; and (iv) key success factors and lessons learned. Case studies on the Kunshan export-processing zones (EPZs) and Shenzhen SEZ in PRC will be featured.
1000 – 1015Tea/Coffee Break
1015 – 1200Session 3.4
Presentation and Discussion (Q&A): Chinese FTZs and Their Contributions to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
Yin Chen, Associate Professor, School of Economics, Fudan University

This session will focus on the following: (i) flying geese model of PRC’s FTZs; (ii) overlapping functions of FTZs and SEZs; (iii) overview and introduction of 11 FTZs; and (iv) FTZs’ contribution to BRI highlighting Shanghai Pilot FTZ’s contribution, such as in the areas of financing, risk management, providing of public goods, et
1200 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1430Session 4.1
Presentation and Case Discussion (Videoconference): Role of SEZs in Strengthening Competitiveness of GMS Economic Corridors
Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Country Economist, Philippines Country Office, Asian Development Bank

The session will provide an overview of the role of SEZs in strengthening competitiveness of GMS economic corridors.
1430 – 1515Session 2.5
Plenary Presentations: SEZs as Development Approaches in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Pamela Asis-Layugan, team leader & training specialist (consultant), ADB RCDTA 8836 and participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) to present workshop outputs on: (i) SEZs development approaches (e.g. as part of economic corridors); (ii) benefits and opportunities; (ii) challenges and bottlenecks in SEZs design, implementation and management; and (iv) recommendations at national and subregional levels. Guide questions and template to be provided.
1515 – 1530Tea/Coffee Break
1530 – 1630 Session 2.6
Instruction, Workshop and Exercise: SEZs Country Case Studies in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Pamela Asis-Layugan, team leader & training specialist (consultant), ADB RCDTA 8836 and participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) to select one country in the subregion and assess SEZs (in particular country) in terms of: (i) links to development strategies; (ii) type of SEZs; (iii) success factors; (iv) performance drivers; (v) institutional design and approaches; (vi) measuring outcome, performance and impact; and (vii) subregional implications. Guide questions and template to be provided.
1630 – 1730 Session 2.7
Plenary Presentations: Select SEZs Country Case Studies in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Pamela Asis-Layugan, team leader & training specialist (consultant), ADB RCDTA 8836 and participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) to present workshop outputs
1730 onwardsFree time

Module 3: The PRC’s Experience in Developing Economic Zones

Module 4: SEZs as Catalyst for Economic Corridors and Platforms for Value Chains and Production Networks

Module 4: SEZs as Catalyst for Economic Corridors and Platforms for Value Chains and Production Networks

TimeProgram
0900 – 0930Post Test
0930 – 1015 Session 4.6
Integration Exercise: Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs Development and Cooperation in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) work on integration exercise
1015 – 1030Tea/Coffee Break
1030 – 1200Session 4.7
Integration Exercise: Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs Development and Cooperation in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Participants in Multi-country teams
1200 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1500Session 4.8
Plenary Presentations (Part 1): Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs Development and Cooperation in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Participants to present exercise outputs and experts to provide comments/guidance.
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1630 Session 4.9
Plenary Presentations (Part 2): Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs Development and Cooperation in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Participants to present exercise outputs and experts to provide comments/guidance.
1630 – 1730 Synthesis and Moving Forward
Closing Ceremonies (Awarding of Certificates, Remarks and Messages)
Group Photo
1800 onwardsClosing Dinner in AFDI Restaurant

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