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Gallery of Honour

The Advisors Council decided to create a Gallery of Honour with the objective of appointing singular individuals with an honorific title of most high dignities for their professional, social and human devotion to Free Zones, whose zone or zone-related projects in other economic sectors as industry, commerce, education or communication reached special relevance in the economy of their countries, creating jobs, improving the economy and welfare of the people.

Because of the high level of the Gallery, new members can be only accepted by unanimous decision by FEMOZA’s Advisors Council. All members will be provided with an official certification which will accredit them as members of FEMOZA’s Gallery of Honour.

New members proposals can be sent to

Peter Francis Ryan

MA (Oxon)

Peter Ryan has lived in six countries and worked in about sixty. He has been a soldier, businessman and a diplomat.

Educated at Ampleforth College and Exeter College, Oxford, he holds an MA in history and languages. He was commissioned into the 33rd Airborne Artillery Regiment, serving later in 21st Special Air Service.His first job was with Standard Vacuum Oil (Esso Mobil) in East Africa, as trainee then depot manager. During this time occurred the MauMau uprising, time in which he was in the Reserve of the Kenya Regiment.

After five years in Africa he left to do a mechanical engineering course for two years with Timken Roller Bearings Inc. Ohio. He joined Reckitt & Colman Overseas in 1960 in the UK. Specializing in exports and local production he was the founder and CEO of a Reckitt subsidiary in Austria […]

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[…] covering USSR and Eastern Europe, where he travelled widely ‘behind the iron curtain’. In 1970 he was recruited in Vienna by the new United Nations agency UNIDO – UN Industrial Development Organisation.

He specialized in implementing projects for investment promotion, especially export processing zones. In 1976 in Manila he established WEPZA- World Export Processing Zones Association. Some forty countries joined and conferences were held in some fifteen host countries in the next decade.

Ryan also managed projects to establish Free Zones through UN contracts with existing Free Zones, and civil engineering companies with World Bank finance. Acting on request, he did this in some fifteen countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He devised and managed a program from 1974-1980, in the Middle East and North Africa to organize Standards Bureaux and development corporations in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf , Tunisia and Yemen, at a time when even oil rich countries had no qualified chemists,or mechanical engineers, except those UN recruited.

He was then posted as Regional Director to the Caribbean, based in Barbados, supervising projects in sixteen Caribbean countries and some in Latin America. He worked on a joint UN/USAID investment promotion program based in New York. Also on many projects he devised during his six years in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Retiring in 1990 he was head hunted by Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants in London, as project director to introduce the MSCA partners to the UN and World Bank system. In 1993 he established Ryan Development International in London to be able to work for longer projects in countries such as Tanzania, Syria, and South Africa on Free Zones. Later in 1999 Ryan founded FEMOZA – The Federation Mondiale des Zones Franches in Geneva.

Although the Soviets had vociferously objected to Free Zones as “exploiting workers”, as soon as the Soviet Union dissolved they requested finance, mainly from the EU, for Free Zone conferences first in Moscow and then in St. Petersburg where Ryan was a main speaker. He was awarded two EU projects; one to take twelve Russian Customs officers to see Free Zones in ‘Two EU countries. Ryan chose Barcelona, Spain and Shannon, Ireland, which he knew well. Subsequently he was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers to help establish a Free Zone in Kaliningrad through multiple visits.

FEMOZA began in 2000 with a major conference in Dubai 2002, in India in 2003 and one in 2006. Ryan was a major speaker in 2006 at Free Zone conference in China, but during the negotiations for a FEMOZA conference there, it became clear, that China, though it has links to Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, no longer needed such conferences. Most of its sixty billion dollars of exports being produced in its free zones.

Ryan retired in 2007 to write. He lives in Kent with his wife, near his three daughters and five grandchildren. Ryan published in 2004 ‘The Green fields of Africa’. A novel based on his time in Kenya 1954-1960 during the Mau Mau ‘Emergency.’ He will shortly publish his autobiography and a book on Middle Eastern weapons trade; Guns and Orchids.

Dr. K. T. Li


“The Father of Taiwan’s Economic Miracle”
(Nanjing January 28, 1910—May 31, 2001)
Economist and Politician

The idea to set up an Export Processing Zone in Taiwan was initiated in the 1950. it was an urgent need for the government to develop industries for export.

After a decade of researches, former national advisor Dr. K. T. Li set to establish the first export-processing zone in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Export Processing Zone, on December 3rd, 1966.

The major goals were “Attract Foreign Industrial Investment,” “Explore External Trade,” “Increase Job Opportunity” and “Introduce Modern Technology.”

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In the implementation process, Dr. K. T. Li was devoted to the planning and preparation for the special zone, which allowed industrialization to move in an orderly fashion by upgrading heavy labour to high technology industries.

Dr. K. T. Li made a remarkable contribution to Taiwan’s economic development.

Dr. Jaime Bermudez

Ciudad Juarez, México

Dr. Jaime Bermudez, Sr., is considered the prime mover and architect of Mexico’s Industrialization Program of 1965, a program which opened the country to “offshore” assembly manufacturing by foreign companies.

The federal program he helped to design has attracted thousands of companies to the cost-savings opportunities in Mexico by allowing them to own up to 100% of the operations in Mexico, bring in raw materials, supplies and equipment duty free, readily attain Mexican work permits for managers, technicians and supervisors, and, acquire real estate.

U.S. Custom Tariffs permit foreign firms to ship products assembled in Mexico with American-made components back into the United States with import duties assessed only on the value added to the product. in Mexico.

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Jaime Bermudez recognized the opportunity to generate more jobs for Mexico while offering foreign manufacturers the very appealing benefit of labor cost-cutting. He established the first fully master- planned American-styled industrial park in Juarez in 1968.

Today the Antinio J. Bermudez Industrial Park has the largest single concentration of major foreign manufacturers producing and assembling products for export, primarily to the adjacent American marketplace, under the maquiladora program.

Grupo Bermudez evolved into the largest industrial development firm in Mexico’s private sector, developing industrial parks throughout the country.

Key to the company’s success over the nearly four decades since its founding was effective management, a sound fiscal base and delivering on promises.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Dubai, U.A.E.

As he told to Fortune Magazine in 2008, Sultan bin Sulayem’s future career was set when a man mistakenly came into his office one day and in the course of chatting suggested that Dubai could serve as an entrepot for the tea trade if it created a tax-free zone at the port.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem served as the first chairman of the Dubai government’s tax-free Jebel Ali Free Zone, in 1.985, when the zone was founded, he developed JAFZA, a remarkable network of nearly 6000 companies from 120 countries, paving the way for industrial development in the Middle East., today JAFZA is one of the most important Free Zones of the World.

Since the 1980s, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has been one of the most prominent businessmen in Dubai.

Kürsad Tüzmen

Ankara, Turkey

Mr. Kürşad Tüzmen, was born in the Turkish capital of Ankara. He is a graduate in business administration from Middle East Technical University and later pursued a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champain.

Mr. Tüzmen began his professional career in 1981 in State Planning Organization. He has continued his government service in the Sub-secretariat of Foreign Trade and served as General Director of Free Zones. He has been elected as a member of the Turkish Parliament representing the province of Gaziantep between 2002-2007 and Mersin from 2007-2011. He has served for seven years as State Minister of the Republic of Turkey in charge of Foreign Trade, Customs, Foreign Construction Works, Eximbank and Exporters Unions. Mr. Tüzmen has also held positions as Secretary General of IGEME (Export Promotion Center), Chairman of the IGEME Board of Directors, President of WEPZA (World Economic Processing Zones Association) and […]

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[…] Chairman of the Turkish Eximbank Board of Directors. Tüzmen was awarded “Bureaucrat of the Year” in 2001 and 2002 and was selected as “Minister of the Year” in 2003.

Mr. Tüzmen is also a licensed pilot, professional scuba diver, water polo player, and national swimmer with several consecutive championships in the Bosporus International Swimming Competition.

DR. Dragan Kostić

Pirot, Serbia

Dr. Dragan Kostić, president of Serbia’s Group of Free Zones, President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Nis, and Chief Executive Officer of Free Zone Pirot, has dedicated the most of his professional life to the development of Free Zones. He has more than 20 work papers on Free Zones, starting from his master thesis “Influence of Free Zones on employment increase and FDI Direct Foreign Investment” to his PhD thesis „The role of Free Zones in the process of restructuring economy of Serbia”.

Dr. Kostić has been awarded with:

  • Plaque of the Regional Chamber of Commerce (RCC) Nis 2006
  • Diploma for results achieved in the field of economy by RCC Niš in 2005
  • Recognition with a plaque by the Municipality of Pirot in the field of economy in 2004

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  • Award “Best of Serbia” from 2009 to 2013 by Serbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Businessman of the Year 2011, Businessman of the Year 2012, People for New Time in 2013, Virtus 2013
  • Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of the regional economy of South Serbia 2012
  • Evrokorak “Europe here” 2009, Evrokorak “Person of the Year” in 2012, Evrokorak people for a new era in 2013, Captain Miša Anastasijević 2013
  • Best Entrepreneur in 2011 for his business results by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce

He is also the Founder and President of the Swimming and Diving Club in Pirot. He is active in diving and a member of the managing board of Serbia’s Underwater Activities Union.

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni

Dubai, U.A.E.

Since 2000, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni has been the Director General of Dubai Airport Free Zone. In his role, he is responsible for managing the large number of strategic initiatives made by the Dubai Airport Free Zone to help position the organization in faster-growing functional and geographical areas. He has also been appointed to a variety of other important roles, such as Chairman of Dubai Free Zones Council, Vice-President & CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis, member of the Executive Committee of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, and member of the Dubai Economic Committee of Dubai Executive Council.

Prior to this, Dr. Al Zarooni worked at the Department of Civil Aviation as Director of Administration & Research, where he was a key figure in establishing the Free Zone division. Before that, he served at the Ministry of Education for 8 years.

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Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Al Zarooni received a PhD in Economic Geography from Durham University in the U.K. (1994), where he wrote a thesis on “The Place of Free Trade Zone in Economic Development”. He holds a BA degree from Emirates University (1986) and an MBA in Economic Geography (1989).

Dr. Al Zarooni is a sought after public speaker at summits and conferences around the world and in his free time enjoys writing.

Mr. Chen Yanfeng

Shanghai, China

Mr. Chen Yanfeng is the Vice Chairman of China’s (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration and Deputy Director of Shanghai Free Trade Zone Authority.

Before he took the present position, Mr. Chen Yanfeng served as Director of General Office of the CPC Pudong New Area Committee, Director of Market Supervision Administration of Pudong New Area, Director of Pudong New Area Branch of Shanghai Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce, Director of Jiading District Branch of Shanghai Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce.

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