Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have grown in popularity in Asia, alongside official development aid. SEZs have been promoted as being a resilient form of economic development, with the potential to involve local communities. They are targeted toward foreign investors, especially through beneficial policies and regulations.
Open Development Mekong recently published the new topic page on Special Economic Zones in Context. Highlights include how SEZs are promoted in the Mekong region and how SEZs support the regional connectivity in terms of employment opportunities, infrastructure, and foreign investment.