ZEDE del Litoral is an special economic zone (SEZ) created on April 18th 2017. The SEZ is located on 200 ha inside ESPOL university at its Gustavo Galindo campus. "
In Ecuador, the Special Zones for Economic Development can focus on the following areas: industries, logicstics and technology transfer and disaggregation. ZEDE del litoral will follow the industrial and techonology transfer and disaggregation areas.
This Special Zones for Economic Development (SZED) are a country strategy to promote production, services or processes innovation. The innovation will focus on how to increase exports and how to decrease imports. By law, all business established at SZEDs will have several advantages to the ones that are not on the zones and they will favour colaboration between business, industries, universitys and research centers.
The Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, is one the most iconic universities in Ecuador with 60 years of experience. ESPOL is an institution devoted to developing scientific research in different areas. Its history testifies to its commitment to quality and innovation, both in development and in the academic sphere. The university main research areas are agriculture, animal production, climate, environment, education, communication, alternative and renewable energy, enviromental management and industrial technology.
APESPOL is the association of professors and administrative personnel with the appointment of ESPOL created more than 45 years ago. All members affiliate voluntarily. It is an entity that is responsible for supporting its members in the defense of their interests and rights and also to contribute to the realization of the objectives of ESPOL. APESPOL carries out with its affiliates academic, social, cultural and recreational activities.
Its main headquarters are located within the Gustavo Galindo Velasco campus in ESPOL and it has an events room in the "Las Peñas" campus.
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A special economic zone is a dedicated place for investments. The country needs it for development and new job opportunities and business can obtain benefits, mostly economic benefits.