Eastern Sicily SEZ speech at the OECD webinar “Rethinking regional attractiveness in the new global environment”

On the occasion of the presentation of the report “Rethinking regional attractiveness in the new global environment” by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, the Eastern Sicily SEZ was invited to participate as a panellist the webinar organized by the OECD – in cooperation with the European Commission – for the report launch.

The event, which was held on the 5th of July, was attended by speakers representing the European Commission, the OECD, the London School of Economics, SEZs from Ireland, France and Portugal, and territorial promotion and attraction agencies from Canada, Spain and Sweden.

The OECD report assesses regional attractiveness by proposing the use of a ‘compass’ to help policy makers understand the performance of individual macro-regions in a new global context. The report identifies the key factors for attracting international groups of investors, talent and visitors, as well as the policy levers available to improve regional attractiveness.

The speech given by the Eastern Sicily SEZ Senior Expert in Internationalization, Valerio Buemi, focused on the positive spillovers, in economic and social terms, that the action of the SEZ can generate for its territory, ranging from the inclusion of companies operating in SEZs in international production value chains to the transformation of Southern Italy – in a synergic operation with all the other Italian SEZs – into a logistics and ‘green’ energy hub of global relevance.