BNEW’s second edition will focus on Economic Zones as a key topic for discussion. (Image courtesy of CZFB)

A year after the first edition of the Barcelona New Economy Week (BNEW) took place, its organiser, the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB) is already warming up for its next edition to be held from 5 to 8 October. With more than 800 participating companies, BNEW aims to consolidate itself as an international benchmark event and the city of Barcelona as the global capital of the new economy.

After the first edition’s great success, the event will be back adding up five more transversal conferences (Mobility, Sustainability, Talent, Science and City) to the range of themes that were already present in 2020 (Logistics, Digital Industry, Ecommerce, Economic Zones and Real Estate). In addition, BNEW will present once again its unique business platform, BVillage, where participating companies can make their commercial presentations live to the event attendees via videoconference, in addition to contacting attendees via chat, and participate in the BNEW Best Innovation Award.

Pere Navarro, special delegate of the State in the Consorci de la Zona Franca, highlights that “BNEW is a meeting that creates synergies between different sectors of activity, exploring opportunities and advancing together in a collaborative environment. It will enable its visitors to have access to all the innovation and the latest trends in each sector”.

For her part, ​​Blanca Sorigué, CEO of the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, points out that “in this second edition, we will host the event, once again, in different emblematic venues of Barcelona, ​​a city of great cultural wealth that has become a benchmark for economic development and innovation.”

BNEW Economic Zones: topics and high-level speakers

The Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona intends to clearly focus on BNEW Economic Zones as one of the main topics delivered and will analyse the role they play in an increasingly global context and within the framework of the 4.0 economy. The famous Estación de Francia in Barcelona will be the setting for this meeting, sharing space with BNEW Real Estate and BNEW eCommerce.

Free Zones, technology and industrial parks, innovation districts, governments, business development agencies… all these agents have become a fundamental tool when it comes to internationalising businesses, expanding markets and increasing production lines. That is why the event already decided in its first edition to highlight these factors at BNEW Economic Zones, and it is also for this reason that this conference will be delivered again this year. Its wide sessions’ programme and renowned speakers will bring together the main keys and challenges for an economic recovery based on innovation and new businesses derived from digitisation and sustainability.

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Issues such as the proper structuring of the Economic Zones will be debated in the BNEW Economic Zones sessions, which will also deliver discussions on the appropriate legal frameworks to support companies in these zones and the benefits that hosting successful Economic Zones entail to the public and private sectors. Other aspects that will have their own space for debate will be the use of Economic Zones as tools for attracting talent, companies and investment, and the appropriate benefits to support the development of SMEs in their universe.

Martin Gustavo Ibarra, president of Araújo Ibarra Consultores Internacionales and speaker at BNEW’s second edition, believes “the Special Economic Zones are vital in the international trade new normality, since they enable global value chains to relocate themselves increasingly closer to the consumer thanks to the nearshoring phenomenon. I’ve accepted the invitation to participate in BNEW’s second edition because it is a fantastic place to analyse the latest international trade trends and to observe the future very closely.”

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and President of the Dubai Multi Comodoti Center (DMCC) Economic Zone will also speak at the event. “Economic zones have been a key pillar of the UAE’s economic growth and an important component of the country’s diversification strategy,” he says. “The ecosystem they offer is unparalleled and that is why they have been such a successful model, in turn positioning Dubai as a global hub for trade, commerce, finance and tourism. Looking at the DMCC specifically, we have developed a vibrant business district that offers world-class infrastructure, a fully digitalised seamless set-up and onboarding process, and a host of value-added products and services.”

All the speakers expected at BNEW are of high quality. They will present their experiences, opinions and knowledge about the new economy, which coexists with the current health crisis. Joining Ibarra and Bin Sulayem, the event will feature Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, President of AON Corporation, as well as prominent Latin American authorities such as Manuel Antonio Malouf, Minister of Finance in Guatemala, Víctor Bisono Haza, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Mypimes in the Dominican Republic, and Ramón E. Martinez la Guardia, Minister of Commerce and Industries of Panama.

They are each proud to be part of BNEW’s second edition. “A disruptive platform bringing together professionals to learn and gain knowledge from each other’s experiences while addressing important topics such as sustainability is exactly what the business world needs to face the new normal,” adds Bin Sulayem.

It should be noted that Servihabitat, Barcelona City Council, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, and Agbar will sponsor the event’s second edition. In this sense, the CZFB is committed to using public-private collaboration to create successful and solid projects over time.

Registration to attend BNEW is free and already open. The CZFB aims to show this way its commitment to companies and its interest in working on economic reactivation, trusting in being able to reach a diverse range of companies to help the global business fabric face the challenges posed by the new economy.

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