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- Introduction Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a geographical region that has economic laws that are more liberal than a country's typical economic laws. The category 'SEZ' covers a broad range of more specific zone types, including Free Trade Zones (FTZ), Export Processing Zones (EPZ), Free Zones (FZ), Industrial Estates (IE), Free Ports, Urban Enterprise Zones and others. Usually the goal of an SEZ structure is to increase foreign investment. One of the earliest and the most famous Special Economic Zones were founded by the government of the People's Republic of China under Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s. The most successful Special Economic Zone in China, Shenzhen, has developed from a small village into a city with a population over 10 million within 20 years. Following the Chinese examples, Special Economic Zones have been established in several countries, including Brazil, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. North Korea has also attempted this to a degree , but failed. Currently, Puno, Peru has been slated to become a "Zona Economica" by its president Alan Garcia. A single SEZ can contain multiple 'specific' zones within its boundaries. The two most prominent examples of this layered approach are Subic Bay in the Philippines and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone in Jordan. In a recent comprehensive econometric study on the SEZ policies in China and India, Leong(2007) investigates the impact of opening up the Chinese and Indian economy on economic growth in these countries using new panel data sets for both the national economies and the regional economies of China. The policy change to a more liberalized economy is explicitly identified using instrumental variables. The results provide support that export growth does have a positive and statistically significant effect on economic growth in these countries. However, the growth rates of these countries are export and FDI inelastic, in the sense that a one percentage point increase in growth rate of export or FDI will have a less than one percentage point increase in economic growth rate of these countries. In the case of the Chinese regions, the presence of export processing zones may exert positive effect on the regional growth rate but the increase in regional growth is even more export inelastic than at the national level. The result dispels the popular view that adopting a policy of more openness in the economy has a ³multiplier´ effect on economic growth. Of the two phases of liberalization in both countries, the second stage is statistically significant. One possible reason is that the scale of liberalization is greater in the second phase. Additionally, increasing the number of SEZs has very negligible
with the minimum possible regulations. as of 2007 there are more than 3. SEZs are often developed under a public-private partnership arrangement. SEZ AT INDIA India was one of the first in Asia to recognize the effectiveness of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) model in promoting exports.effect on economic growth. With a view to overcome the shortcomings experienced on account of the multiplicity of controls and clearances.02. absence of world-class infrastructure. private developer. with Asia's first EPZ set up in Kandla in 1965. equity investment. the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Policy was announced in April 2000. bond issues. etc) to enable a private sector developer to obtain a reasonable rate of return on the project (typically 10-20% depending on risk levels). soft loans. Taken together.2006 under the provisions of the Foreign Trade Policy and fiscal incentives were made . and an unstable fiscal regime and with a view to attract larger foreign investments in India. public regulator).11.2000 to 09. SEZs have been implemented using a variety of institutional structures across the world ranging from fully public (government operator. both at the Centre and the State level. In many cases.000 projects taking place in SEZs in 120 countries worldwide. government developer. these results suggest that what contributes to greater growth is a greater scale of liberalization. This policy intended to make SEZs an engine for economic growth supported by quality infrastructure complemented by an attractive fiscal package. public sector operators and developers act as quasigovernment agencies in that they have a pseudo-corporate institutional structure and have budgetary autonomy. government regulator) to 'fully' private (private operator. SEZs in India functioned from 1. in which the public sector provides some level of support (provision of off-site infrastructure. According to World Bank estimates. rather than increasing the number of SEZs.
effective through the provisions of relevant statutes. Simplified compliance procedures and documentation with an emphasis on self certification. 2005 which received Presidential assent on the 23rd of June. The main objectives of the SEZ Act are: (a) generation of additional economic activity (b) promotion of exports of goods and services. The draft SEZ Rules were widely discussed and put on the website of the Department of Commerce offering suggestions/comments. A Single Window SEZ approval mechanism has been provided through a 19 member inter-ministerial SEZ Board of Approval (BoA). 2005.SEZ on biotechnology sector in Bangalore's Electronics City. Some of the important SEZ in India are as follows Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services .SEZ on sugarcane processing complex covering 100 hectares. power station and distillery. over an area of 15. Single Window clearance on matters relating to Central as well as State Governments. Ltd. 2005. The Special Economic Zones Act. To instill confidence in investors and signal the Government's commitment to a stable SEZ policy regime and with a view to impart stability to the SEZ regime thereby generating greater economic activity and employment through the establishment of SEZs. supported by SEZ Rules. leading to generation of additional economic activity and creation of employment opportunities. All decisions of the Board of approvals are with consensus. (e) development of infrastructure facilities. It is expected that this will trigger a large flow of foreign and domestic investment in SEZs.SEZs in IT sector. The SEZ Rules provide for : " Simplified procedures for development. Every SEZ is divided into a processing area where alone the SEZ units would come up and the non-processing area where the supporting infrastructure is to be created. comprising a sugar plant. The applications duly recommended by the respective State Governments/UT Administration are considered by this BoA periodically. providing for drastic simplification of procedures and for single window clearance on matters relating to central as well as state governments. operation. at Burlatti in Belgaum district Ittina Properties Private Limited and three other .732 hectares Wipro Infotech . A number of meetings were held in various parts of the country both by the Minister for Commerce and Industry as well as senior officials for this purpose. 2005. Around 800 suggestions were received on the draft rules. The SEZ Rules provide for different minimum land requirement for different class of SEZs.SEZ on IT / ITES at Electronics City.SEZ on IT Food processing and related SEZ services in Hassan. (d) creation of employment opportunities. 2006. over an area of 43 acres Shree Renuka Sugars Limited . was passed by Parliament in May. Single window clearance for setting up a unit in a Special Economic Zone. (c) promotion of investment from domestic and foreign sources. The SEZ Act 2005 envisages key role for the State Governments in Export Promotion and creation of related infrastructure. . After extensive consultations. Single window clearance for setting up of an SEZ. the SEZ Act.91 hectares . hardware and software sectors in Bangalore. Sarajpur Bangalore Hewlett Packard India Software Operation Pvt. covering electronics. over an area of 157. and maintenance of the Special Economic Zones and for setting up units and conducting business in SEZs. a comprehensive draft SEZ Bill prepared after extensive discussions with the stakeholders. came into effect on 10th February. in infrastructure and productive capacity.
Multi-product.21 hectares SEEPZ . operation. play grounds. VAT and other Taxes 10% FDI allowed through the automatic route for all manufacturing activities Procedural ease and efficiency for speedy approvals. Mumbai Khopata .Multi-product. covering the entire spectrum of industrial and business expertise Well connected with network of public transport. markets. clearances and customs procedures and dispute resolution Simplification of procedures and self-certification in the labor acts Artificial harbor and handling bulk containers made operational through out the year Houses both domestic and international air terminals to facilitate transit.Andheri (East). Mumbai Navi Mumbai . and maintenance of the Special Economic Zones and for setting up units and conducting such business activities Single window clearance cell for the establishment of Special Economic Zone Single window clearance cell within each and every Special Economic Zones Single window clearance cell relating to formal requirements of Central as well as all State Governments Easy and simplified compliance procedures and documentations with stress on self certification THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE FIRST SEZ POLICY OF INDIA Exemption from duties on all imports for project development Exemption from excise / VAT on domestic sourcing of capital goods for project development Freedom to develop township in to the SEZ with residential areas. covering of 281. West Bengal OBJECTIVES OF SEZ AT INDIA Generation of additional economic activity across all the states Promotion of exports of goods and services across all Indian sates according to their indigenous capabilities Promotion of investment from domestic and foreign sources Creation of employment opportunities across India Development of world class infrastructural facilities in these units Simplified procedures for development. clubs and recreation centers without any restrictions on foreign ownership Income tax holidays on business income Exemption from import duty. biotechnology and chemical sectors in Hassan. West Bengal Manikanchan . SEZs on pharmaceuticals. West Bengal Calcutta Leather Complex. Mumbai Salt Lake Electronic City. local railways and cabs Pollution free environment with proper drainage and sewage system In-house Customs clearance facilities Abundant supply of technically skilled manpower . to and fro from major domestic and international destinations Has host of Public and Private Bank chains to offer financial assistance for business houses A vibrant industrial city with abundant supply of skilled manpower.Jems and jewelery.
restaurants and recreational facilities within the zone on purely commercial basis No foreign ownership restrictions in developing zone infrastructure and no restrictions on repatriatio . security. electricity. Abundant supply of semi-skilled labor across all industry vertical Easy access to airport and local Railway Station 10-year tax holiday in a block of the first 20 years Full authority to provide services such as water.
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