For the first time in its history, the World Free Zone Convention will hold an international conference in a free zone.

ESBAS, the Aegean Free Zone – which is home to 360 companies, 12,500 workers and generates more than $2.6bn annually in international trade – will host the 2005 event. The conference is due to be held on April 21 and 22 with a welcome dinner in the new Izmir archaeological museum on April 20.

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Kursad Tuzmen, Turkey’s minister of state in the foreign trade department, will be hosting a roundtable of ministers from the region.