Monday, May 7, 2007

FREE COOMERCE ZONES IN THE WORLD

While Hugo Chavez go back 50 years to the past and started a big nationalization of the Venezuelan economy, while he is recruiting his new soldiers all over Latin America to fight his socialist revolution, the rest f the World go to the opposite direction betting on liberty and free trade and China is now leading the way.

We are delighted to announce the 2nd International Briefing and Forum with the World Customs Organisation which will be held in their Headquarters Building in Brussels on the 5th & 6th June. The highly topical programme will focus on Tax and Incentives (Day One) and Customs & Trade (Day Two).

The programme will be of great value to all those who wish to better understand the factors which influence the investment, location and logistics decisions of TNCs as well as domestic companies. To be in a position to influence FDI decisions IPAs and Zone Authorities need more than lead generation techniques. They need more information on the key factors which influence those decisions and this Joint Briefing & Forum sets out to fill this gap.

Mr Mao Xintang, Secretary General, China Free Trade Zone and Export Processing Zone Association (CFEA) from Beijing has accepted our invitation to speak on HOW CHINESE SEZs STRUCTURE THEIR CUSTOMS AND ZONE RELATIONSHIPS in the morning of the second day. He will head a delegation which includes high level officials from Qingdao Free Trade Zone, Shanghai Waigaoqiau Free Trade Zone and the Processing Trade Administration Department of the Chinese Customs Authority.

Others confirmed speakers include

Mrs Susanne Aigner Head, Supply Chain Security Sector, DG TAXUD, Directorate for Customs Policy, European Commission
Mr Bart Kosters Team Manager Topicals, International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mr Kay Masorsky Head of Ernst & Young's Customs Practice, EMEA, Stuttgart, Germany
Mr Roel Spee Director IBM Consulting Services, Plant Location International, Brussels
Mr Brian Clark Partner, DLA Piper Middle East LLP, Dubai UAE and London UK
Mr John Boscariol Partner, McCarthy T├ętrault, Toronto, Canada
Mr Ray McDonagh Deputy Director, World Customs Organisation, Brussels, Belgium
Mr Mike Schmitz Director, World Customs Organisation, Brussels
Mr Julien Pauwels Director, Deloitte Tax Consultants, Brussels
Mr Randy Campbell President, Campbell Trade Group Inc., York, Pennsylvania. Former Executive Director, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, USA
Mr Gerwin Zomer Senior Expert Freight Transport and ITS, ECORYS, The Netherlands

Dr Francesca Trampus has confirmed that she will be presenting new research into how organisations in Africa, Central Europe, the Middle East and former Soviet Union countries work with Customs, and what can be learned from their experiences to assist other Authorities and Zones to work together harmoniously to increase global trade.

Who will attend?
Government officials including customs and free zone authorities as well as legal advisers and economists. Senior management (finance and commercial) from trans-national corporations. Location and strategy consultants and intermediaries. Purchasing and materials management directors, supply chain specialists, logistics organisations, etc
Participants will come from throughout the world: from customs, zones, development areas, ports and airports as well as representatives of government, international bodies and corporates.

PROGRAMME

CURRENT TAX AND CUSTOMS ISSUES AND WORLD TRADE FOR FREE ZONES, SCIENCE PARKS, ENTERPRISE ZONES AND THE COMPANIES BASED IN THEM, OR COMPANIES AND INVESTORS CONSIDERING A ZONE LOCATION

DAY ONE - TAX AND INCENTIVES - 5TH JUNE 2007
09.30 INTRODUCTION
Graham Mather, Chairman, World Free Zone Convention, President, European Policy Forum, London & Brussels
09.35 TAXATION INITIATIVES - A REVIEW OF CURRENT PRACTICES AROUND THE WORLD AS THEY AFFECT TRANS-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS THE MOVE TOWARDS FLAT TAXES - MYTH OR REALITY?

10.45 Coffee

11.15 USING TAX INCENTIVES TO CREATE CLUSTERS INCLUDING FINANCIAL ZONES
12.00 USING TRANSFER PRICING AND DOUBLE TAX TREATIES
HOW IMPORTANT ARE TAX INCENTIVES TO TODAY'S TRANS-NATIONAL COMPANIES?

13.00 Lunch

14.15 ZONE DEVELOMENT - TAX & LEGAL ISSUES FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE JOINT VENTURES
NATIONALITY PLANNING - HOW CORPORATES AND ZONES CAN BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENT TREATIES

15.30 Tea

16.00 WCO TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES & DISCUSSION
17.30 Close of Day One followed by Cocktails

DAY TWO - CUSTOMS AND TRADE - 6TH JUNE 2007

09.30 WCO INTRODUCTORY TALK ON STANDARDS
10.15 SETTING UP AND MONITORING CUSTOMS BASES IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ZONES AND COMPLIANCE ISSUES

11.15 Coffee

11.45 HOW CHINESE STRUCTURE THEIR CUSTOMS AND ZONE RELATIONSHIPS
KEEPING THE CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES ON SIDE - THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ZONE AUTHORITY

13.00 Lunch

14.15 AUTHORISED ECONOMIC OPERATORS - THEIR ROLE IN THE SAFE/FOS TO SECURE AND FACILITATE TRADE
15.15 SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRITY ISSUES - PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
15.45 ICT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT
MAXIMISING THE ADVANTAGES OF THE NEW CUSTOMS OPPORTUNITIES

16.30 SUMMING UP
Mr Graham Mather and Mr Ray McDonagh, Deputy Director, World Customs Organisation

16.15 Tea and Close of Conference

Time has been allowed for delegates' questions and discussion throughout the two days

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