Manaus Free Trade Zone’s importance for Amazon’s development highlighted in webinar

The Manaus Free Trade Zone was created more than 50 years ago and it has allowed the development of a major industrial hub in the city of Manaus, in the state of Amazonas.
Economics
15 September 2021
Manaus Free Trade Zone’s importance for Amazon’s development highlighted in webinar

Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Sao Paulo School of Economics (FGV EESP) will hold an online debate about the Manaus Free Trade Zone’s importance for the Amazon’s development on September 20, at 7 pm, on FGV’s YouTube channel. The event is part of the Amazon Dialogues, a digital platform to discuss topics related to sustainable socioeconomic development in the Brazilian Amazon with the whole of society.

The speakers will be Cleinaldo de Almeida Costa, the president of Amazonas State University; and Juliano Assunção, a professor at Rio de Janeiro Catholic University and the director of the Brazilian Climate Policy Initiative.

The moderators will be Márcio Holland, the coordinator of the Finance and Economics Master’s Program at FGV EESP; and Daniel Vargas, FGVAgro’s research director.

The Manaus Free Trade Zone was created more than 50 years ago and it has allowed the development of a major industrial hub in the city of Manaus, in the state of Amazonas. According to 2020 data from the Manaus Free Trade Zone Agency, the industrial zone directly employs 81,000 people and generates annual revenue of R$120 billion. There are conflicting views about the free trade zone, including positive assessments of its effectiveness and criticism in other areas.

In the economic literature, it is known that one long-term way of promoting sustainable development is providing good-quality education. The Amazon region has many respected universities and research centers. At this event, the guests will reflect on possible ways forward for Manaus Free Trade Zone as a means of promoting sustainable socioeconomic development in the Brazilian Amazon, comparing international experience and discussing education’s role in regional development.

To take part in the webinar, please sign up here.

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