Supporting the development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone


Following the expansion of the Suez Canal in 2015 and the decision to declare the area adjacent to the strategic waterway a “special economic zone”, the OECD is supporting Egyptian Authorities to harness the potential of the 8% of global trade flowing through the Canal for job creation and economic growth, bringing tangible benefits to the Egyptian population.

Launched in February 2017, The EU-OECD Project: Supporting the development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone will assess existing capacities and provide a detailed action plan to build solid policy frameworks for the successful development of a dynamic and sustainable economic zone in Egypt. Three priority pillars have been identified:

  • Support the Authority of the SCZone in creating a business-friendly regulatory environment through high-quality regulations; 
  • Develop a sustainable model of infrastructure development by ensuring long-term financing and effective governance of infrastructure;
  • Improve connectivity and integration of the SCZone infrastructure and activities into the domestic and global economy. 


Project Kick-off Workshop, 16 February 2017 in Cairo, Egypt


Activities: ‌

  • Project Kick-off Workshop – 16 February 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Workshop 1 – Infrastructure Governance and Financing in the SCZone – 3 May 2017 in Cairo, Egypt – Agenda available in English and Arabic.
  • Workshop 2 – Global Connectivity and Maritime Clusters – 8 May 2017 in Cairo, Egypt – Agenda available in English and Arabic.
  • Workshop 3 – Creating a Business-friendly Regulatory Environment – 21-22 May 2017 in Cairo, Egypt – Agenda available in English and Arabic.



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This initiative is financed
by the European Union





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