Workshops & Trainings

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) As Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks 2018

7 May 2018 - 11 May 2018 Shanghai, The People's Republic of China

Special economic zones (SEZs) can play a catalytic role in economic development, provided the right business environment and policies are put in place. In Asia, SEZs can facilitate trade, investment, and policy reform at a time the region is experiencing a slowdown in trade and economic growth. For SEZs to be successful, they must establish strong backward and forward linkages with the overall economy. Effective SEZs must be an integral part of dynamic national development strategies and evolve as economies develop by transforming from manufacturing bases to technological platforms for innovation and modern services.

This regional training on “Special Economic Zones as Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks” on 7-11 May 2018 at the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute (AFDI) in Shanghai, the PRC aims to enhance capacities of government officials in overcoming constraints and identifying opportunities for better design, implementation and evaluation of SEZs. The training will be participated by senior officials from relevant ministries and national agencies in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, the PRC, Thailand and Viet Nam. The training will also feature a field trip to Shanghai Pudong Development Zone and Shanghai Free Trade Zone. 

Agenda:

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

TimeProgram
0800 – 0815 Registration
Administrative Announcements
0815 – 0845Opening Ceremonies
Welcome Remarks and Messages
Group Photo
0845 – 1015 Pre-test

Session 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 – 1030Tea/Coffee Break
1030 – 1200Session 1.2
Presentation, Discussions and Exercises: 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. Interactive and small group exercises included.
1200 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1500 Session 1.3
Presentation, Discussions and Exercises: 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. Interactive and small group exercises included.
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1530 Session 1.4
Instruction for Workshop and Exercise: 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 assess and present (Day 2) 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.
1530 – 1630Session 1.5
Workshops and Exercises: 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
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

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

TimeProgram
0830 – 1000 Session 2.1
Presentation, Discussion and Exercises: 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. Interactive and small group exercises included.
1000 – 1015 Tea/Coffee Break
1015 – 1200Session 2.2
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. Interactive and small group exercises included.
1200 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1500Session 4.1
Presentation and Discussion: Special Border Economic Zones (SBEZs): Concepts, Characteristics and Applications
Alfredo Perdiguero, Director, Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division (SERC), Southeast Asia Department (SERD), ADB

The session will present concepts, characteristics, and models of special border economic zones (SBEZs). Components and stages of developing a “cross-border or area-based cooperation” strategy will be tackled. A conceptual model for SBEZ development in IMT-GT (Thai-Malaysia border crossings with linkages to Indonesia) to include rationale, criteria in establishing SBEZs to be presented given the study is part of a broader project that intends to support SBEZ development. The results of the study on border areas and value chains development in BIMP-EAGA specifically between Sabah (Malaysia) and North Kalimantan (Indonesia) will be presented including components, potential strategies and pilot projects.

The establishment of SBEZs in IMT-GT and BIMP-EAGA are expected to help attract investors in productive activities that promote subregional value chains in order to stimulate cross-border trade and investment, serve as a catalyst to promote commerce along the economic corridors and help improve social and economic welfare of the population along the border provinces
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1715 Session 1.6
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.
1730 -2000 onwardsParticipants make own dinner arrangements

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

TimeProgram
0830 – 1000 Session 3.1
Presentation and Discussions (Q&A): An Overview of Development Zones in the PRC: 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 exportprocessing zones (EPZs) and Shenzhen SEZ in PRC will be featured.
1000 – 1015 Tea/Coffee Break
1015 – 1200 Session 3.2
Presentation and Discussion (Q&A): The PRC’s Pilot Free Trade Zones (FTZs) and Further Reform and Opening Policy
Xu Mingqi, Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Secretary-general of Shanghai Research and Coordination Center for FTZ Studies

This session will introduce the PRC’s pilot FTZs using the Shanghai FTZ as example. It will highlight the reform process and lessons in terms of foreign investment, trade facilitation, government administration, financial opening and services sector, among others.
1200 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1700 Sessions 3.3-3.4
Technical Field Visit: Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone
Zhu Ming, Director, Office of Cooperation and Exchange, Shanghai Municipal Government
Administrative Officer of Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone

Participants will visit the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Comprehensive Service Center. During the visit, an administrative officer will give a general introduction of the development and management of the SHFTZ, in particular the streamlined administration procedures in the SHFTZ.
1730 onwardsFree time and participants shopping down town

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

TimeProgram
0830 – 1000Session 3.5
Presentation and Discussion (Q&A): Suzhou Industrial Park: Planning, Development and Management
Chen Qining, Board Member, President of SCP (the PRC) and Chief Planner

This session will draw on the successful experience of the development of Singapore, and take Singapore’s successful experience in Suzhou Industrial Park, which is a jointly developed by the PRC and Singapore, as an example to illustrate the planning, design, development and management of SEZ.
1000 – 1015Tea/Coffee Break
1015 – 1115 Session 4.2
Presentation and Discussion (Video-conference): Health Risks and Opportunities across Economic Zones and Border Development in the GMS – SEZ Health Impact Assessment Framework
Dr. Susann Roth, Senior Social Development Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

The session will feature ADB’s newly developed framework for identifying, mitigating and managing health risks in economic zones and border areas in the GMS. It will highlight successes and lessons learned and a way forward for project, national, bilateral and regional approaches in managing health risks and opportunities for SEZs especially in the border areas.
1115 – 1215 Session 4.3
Presentation and Case Discussion (Videoconference): Development of Special Economic Zones: The Experience of Central Asia
Guoliang Wu, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, Central West Regional Department, ADB

The session will feature the experience of Central Asia in developing SEZs including key success factors and lessons learned.
1215 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1500 Session 2.2
Plenary Presentations: SEZs Country Case Studies in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Aradhna Aggarwal, Pamela Asis-Layugan and Participants in Country teams

Participants organized in country teams assess SEZs (in particular country) prepare and present in terms of: (i) links to development strategies; (ii) type of SEZs; (iii) success factors; (iv) performance drivers; (v) institutional design and approaches; and (vi) measuring outcome, performance and impact.
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1700 Session 4.4
Integration Exercise: Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs development and Cooperation in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS
Aradhna Aggarwal, Pamela Asis-Layugan and participants in multi-country teams

Participants organized in teams (BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS) undergo integration exercise to apply concepts, tools, success factors and lessons learned in the training. The main output will be proposed Framework and Action Agenda for SEZs development and cooperation at national and subregional levels to be presented on Day 5. Guidelines and template to be provided.
1730 onwardsParticipants free time
Evaluation form online

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

TimeProgram
0900 – 0930 Post Test
0930 – 1015Session 4.5
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 – 1030 Tea/Coffee Break
1030 – 1200 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
1200 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1500Session 4.7
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 – 1515 Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1630 Session 4.8
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

 

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