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The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is building the world’s most comprehensive knowledge base on free zones to provide members and partners with key insights to inform economic and business strategies.

This Knowledge Hub is research-led and aims to raise awareness of the positive contribution free zones are making to the global economy. The key elements of World FZO’s Knowledge Hub include the World FZO Observatory, FZ pedia and the World FZO Open University.

A dedicated research center for World FZO members that seeks to collect and analyze original data on global free zones. To this end, the Observatory publishes a quarterly Bulletin with trade, FDI and industry developments and statistics as they relate to free zones. The Observatory is also in the process of mapping out the world’s free zones in an Atlas that will include comparative data on each.

Finally, the Observatory publishes and annual Free Zones Economic Outlook Report, a forward looking report with expert insights on global free zone trends. The World FZO Observatory principally seeks to provide members with the necessary tools to engage and advocate with international policy makers.

The FZ pedia is the World FZO’s open resource for research, expert insight and analysis on free zones and special economic zones globally. This online library is available to members, associate members and partners and all content is peer-reviewed by the international academic and business community.

The World FZO continues to develop the FZ pedia and contributions are welcome and encouraged. If you are interested in making a submission, please email a summary to:

The World FZO’s Open University is the center for research and executive education for free zones and ancillary industry professionals. In collaboration with the World FZO’s key strategic partners, the Open University will deliver executive trainings based on best practices.

Members who join the World FZO Open University will also have access to exclusive reports, case studies, tools kits, expert advice and online seminars.​​

In September 2016, the World FZO will begin offering its new Masters program, consisting of an intensive course culminating in the granting of a fully credited Executive Development Program.

In order to offer these courses the World FZO has allied with the prestigious IESE Business School from Navarra University in Spain. Together with the IESE, we have designed an intensive, year-long course, divided in three modules, and applying the Executive Education method. We've enlisted the help of the world's foremost Free Zone experts, all of whom have advanced teaching and training experience, and assembled a team of trainers that's dynamic and knowledgeable.​