The XXI CONFERENCE FOR THE FREE ECONOMIC ZONES OF THE AMERICAS, which will be held in the Adán Martín Auditorium and the Hotel Sede Mencey, will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November, 2017.


A fiscal and tax bridge between three continents

Tenerife, the biggest and most populous of the Canary Islands, enjoys a strategic location which has historically made the island a focus of commercial, cultural and linguistic links between three continents, although it is currently involved in something even more important from an economic point of view: a genuine fiscal, tax and tariff bridge between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. These favourable conditions have led to its choice as the host of the XXI CONFERENCE FOR THE FREE ECONOMIC ZONES OF THE AMERICAS.

The Association of Free Eeconomic Zones of the Americas (AFZA) is expanding its borders with the aim of guaranteeing access to global markets for its affiliates. The annual assembly is being moved to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean this year and will be held in the Canarian archipelago, Spain, an integrated zone of the customs territory of the European Union.

Why Tenerife?

It counts with a Free Economic Zone as a dynamizing factor of business, with flexibility and a great availability of spaces:

Tenerife is the shortest and most direct route between America and Europe.

It is a European port on the coast of Africa = easy access to the African market and legal security, services and infrastructure.

It has a Free Economic Zone that is a dynamic element of business, with flexibility and a great capacity for space.

Thanks to the Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands, determined activities completed within the TFEZ are taxed at a reduced rate of 4%.

Adán Martín Auditorium

Holy and significant, a symbol of the urban transformation of the city and a treasure for the locals. The Adán Martín Auditorium, deisgned by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is found in the southern area of the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and links the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the capital of the island. In an Expressionist style, it bears a resemblance to the famous Sydney Opera House and is one of the most representative buildings of the area. Felipe de Borbón, then Prince of Asturias, attended the act of inauguration on the 26th of September, 2003, and then the season of shows and concerts began which, to this day, captivate the crowds which come every week to the area.


This coming November, America, Africa and Europe will come together on the island of Tenerife for the XXI CONFERENCE FOR THE FREE ECONOMIC ZONES OF THE AMERICAS, making the Canary Islands the capital of tricontinentality for a week. It is a unique opportunity to meet businesses from more than 25 countries from three continents all coming together in the same destination: Tenerife.

Businesses and representatives from the free economic zones of Colombia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Uruguay, reaching a total of more than 20 Iberoamerican countries, will descend on the Canarian archipelago to evaluate the current situation of Free Economic Zone Regimes and agree on future joint actions with a common goal: bringing both sides of the Atlantic Ocean together through our free zones. The organisation expects the arrival of more than 500 attendees for what will be the first time that the most important Latin American free economic event comes to Europe.

The island, along with its subtropical climate and privileged geographical location, has infrastructure of the highest level in every sector, fiscal advantages with European guarantees and connectivity with the three continents.


The previous three editions of the Conference for the Free Economic Zones of the Americas took place in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. This year, the novelty of the AZFA is that it will base the event in an outlying area of Europe which is the island of Tenerife.

The website for the last assemblies (www.conferenciazonasfrancascr.com) offers a fresh and dynamic design, true to the global nature and integrative spirit which identifies the values of the association. The webpage includes information relevant to the event, references regarding the sponsors, biographies of the speakers and the latest information regarding the location and contact.