Economic Zones and Free Zones have multiplied around the world since the 1980s, mainly in response to the wave and changes in global trade and industrial value chain. The Economic Zones and Free Zones is becoming the most popular instrument for developing economies in emergent countries.

The African Economy is also following this successful model, duplicating and deploying performent practices. More than 200 Economic Zones & Free Zones have been implemented in the African continent, with the objectif to attract Foreign Direct Investments and offer suitable facilities to host industrial, logistic & service activities.

The African leaders of Economic Zones and Free Zones engaged their collective knowledge, through Africa Free Zones Organisation (AFZO), providing strategic and technical assistance, identifying business opportunities and promoting sustainable economic development models and practices.