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Economic Zone Awards


Investment Monitor’s 2021 Economic Zone Sustainable Recovery Strategies Awards seek to recognise the world’s most resilient economic zones following the onset of Covid-19. The pandemic has forced economic zones to adapt and innovate to attract new investment and retain existing business. Through these awards, Investment Monitor acknowledges the changing role of economic zones as a result of the pandemic and looks to highlight those with smart strategies for a sustainable recovery.

Economic zones of all types are invited to complete a short survey demonstrating their zone’s excellence.

The awards are in association with Barcelona New Economy Week and Barcelona Zona Franca. For that reason, Barcelona Zona Franca will not be considered for any of the awards.

Don’t miss this opportunity to tell us why your economic zone should be our winner.

Section 1 – Background information about your economic zone.

Section 2 – Open form questions for you to highlight your expertise in each of the areas below (each answer is limited to 150 words):
  • Digitalisation
  • Aftercare support
  • Covid relief packages
  • Red tape reduction
  • Ability to attract new investment
  • Sustainability and ESG initiatives
  • Local impact
  • Overall Covid recovery strategy

The deadline for entering the survey is Friday 4 June 2021. There is no cost to submit an entry.

An internal panel of judges will review each survey entry and cast votes for overall winning zone as well as honourable mentions. and best in category for digitalisation, aftercare support, Covid relief packages, local impact, red tape reduction, and sustainability and ESG.

Results will be published on Investment Monitor in October 2021. Successful participants will be contacted prior to publication. Winners will be recognised in a special ceremony during Barcelona New Economy Week taking place in a hybrid capacity on 5–8 October 2021.