What we did was to align our vision with the growing Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment world over positioning AFZ
as an ideal vantage point for these businesses looking towards the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Indian Sub-Continent and Africa.
The fact that AFZ
offers a low-investment, flexible investment option was a major catalyst in fuelling interest among global SMEs to consider moving to the free zone," he added.
In a statement, AFZ
said the free zone now houses over 22,000 enterprises from different parts of the world.
During their visit AFZ
officials aim at meeting investors from various industries trade and service sector and showcase multiple facilities and business investment opportunities available for the Pakistan business community.
After going through the website of AFZ
it was revealed that the number of new companies stood at 925 in 2010 789 in 2011 and 948 in 2012.
is adjacent to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In the last few years the number of companies in AFZ
has quadrupled, it said.
o Palmela of Aviludo, John Cross EBLEX chairman, Luis Garcia EBLEX Portugal, Glria Oliveira of La Carne, Hugo Piteira from Sonae Retail and Rui Duarte from Intermarch Monika Mathers of AFZ
and Susanne Fischer from Fleischmagazin TOP: Peter Kendall NFU president, Minette Batters from Ladies in Beef and Alistair Mackintosh NFU Livestock Board chairman RIGHT: Ejmer Soerensen of CM Foods, Ole Storgaard, of Noridane Foods A/S and Kim Jess of Koedgrossisten
Al-Sho'aibi told the Yemen Times that projects in the AFZ
will sharply reduce unemployment in Aden by 2012.
is authorized 5,000 members, but only 4,000 were on active duty as of January 2009.
During his meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Yemen, Vice-chairman of the General Authority for Free Zones, and Head of the Aden Free Zone (AFZ
) Abdul-Jalil al-Shuaibi reviewed the AFZ
's goals and current projects in addition to the investment opportunities available in the zone.
Dr Abdul Jalil al-Shuaibi, deputy head of Free Zones General Authority and head of AFZ
, stated that both the automakers have expressed their interest in the project.