UNIDO meets with ZonesCorp at GMIS

UNIDO meets with ZonesCorp at GMIS

GMIS, UAE, 29 March 2017 - UNIDO Director General LI Yong and H.E. Saeed Eisa Al Khyeli, Director General of ZonesCorp held a meeting in the ZonesCorp Majlis during the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in Abu Dhabi. This is the second meeting between UNIDO and ZonesCorp following UNIDO Director General’s visit last year on a tour of Economic Zones showcasing the extensive infrastructure available to investors and the broad mix of companies that have set up successful facilities in Abu Dhabi Industrial City 1 (ICAD 1).

During the meeting at GMIS, H.E. Saeed Eisa Al Khyeli gave an overview of the progress made in the last months including the growing numbers of companies which have established facilities in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi. UNIDO Director General Li expressed strong interest in the business model developed by ZonesCorp and they discussed ways of replicating it in developing countries and specifically in Ethiopia, where UNIDO established a Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) that includes establishing a sustainable industrial free zone.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the two organizations would start concrete cooperation by exchanging best practices to set up industrial zones to spur sustainable and responsible investments. As a first step, UNIDO Director General Li proposed to organize a special side event on the subject of industrial zones at the next UNIDO General Conference, which will place at the end of November 2017, and to invite ZonesCorp to present its approach and experiences alongside other similar organizations from around the world.

UNIDO Director General Li said: “It is essential for UNIDO to share lessons learned and experiences on establishing economic zones around the globe. We must continue to work together and exchange best practices. Only through partners such as with ZonesCorp can we expect inclusive and sustainable industrial development towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda".

H.E. Saeed Eisa Al Khyeli, Director General of ZonesCorp commented: “It was excellent to meet with the Director General again and to give him an update of our progress. UNIDO plays an important role helping to encourage sustainable economic development around the world and we look forward to close cooperation in the future.”


About The Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp)

Launched in 2004 by the Abu Dhabi Government, ZonesCorp is the largest developer and operator of purpose-built industrial zones in the UAE. We oversee five world-class, fully integrated industrial zones housing more than 600 diverse manufacturing facilities, with five additional industrial cities to be offered soon.

Our cluster-based, growth-driven industrial ecosystems offer investors flexible, readily available spaces with access to high-end infrastructure, competitively priced utilities, and convenient workers’ accommodations. Comprehensive support and facilitation solutions are provided by our Investor Services Centre.

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