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Kerala keen to replicate Dafza model


28/06/2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Free Zone News


A Kerala government delegation led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited the freezone.

Dubai: The Indian state of Kerala is looking to replicate the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) model to create a freezone in the city of Kochi, Dafza said in a statement on Wednesday.

Dubai government-owned Dafza is located at Dubai International Airport and is home to 1,600 companies from the aviation, freight and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food & beverage, jewellery, and cosmetics sectors.

Mohammad Al Zarouni, Director General, of Dafza said in a statement that he was committed to leveraging expertise to build a new freezone in Kochi.

A Kerala government delegation led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited the freezone on Wednesday to discuss “setting the initial framework for the establishment of a new freezone in Kochi, India”, as per the Dazfa statement.

Chandy was accompanied by Kunhalikutty P.K., Kerala Minister for Industries and Information Technology and Yousuf Ali, Managing Director of Lulu Group.

“The delegation further emphasised … the need to develop an effective and smooth exchange of information and experiences, especially across the efforts to establish a new freezone in Kochi, India, using Dafza as its model,” the statement said.