Enhancing the contribution of Export Processing Zones to Sustainable Development Goals: an analysis of 100 EPZs and a framework for sustainable economic zones

Bendell, Jem, Miller, Anthony, Weber, Joerg and Zhan, James (2015) Enhancing the contribution of Export Processing Zones to Sustainable Development Goals: an analysis of 100 EPZs and a framework for sustainable economic zones. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Discussion Papers. United Nations, New York & Geneva.

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Abstract

Over the past decade, the popularity of Export Processing Zones (EPZs) has grown in many countries across the global south. There are now over 4,000 EPZs, which is over 3,000 more than 20 years ago. Some countries have made the promotion of such zones central to their economic development strategies, while others have questioned their contribution to national development. Meanwhile, the increasing implementation of international trade rules mean that some of the traditional incentives for EPZs, such as tax breaks for exports, are no longer in line with WTO rules. In that context EPZs, also called Special Economic Zones (SEZs), need to innovate new means of maintaining and developing their competitiveness.

Item Type: Report
Publisher: United Nations
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Research Centres > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 14:04
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 17:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2175

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