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World Trade Symposium 2017

6 – 7 June 2017, London, UK

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  • SYMPOSIUM DAY 1TUESDAY 6TH JUNE 2017
  • SYMPOSIUM DAY 2WEDNESDAY, 7TH JUNE 2017

SYMPOSIUM DAY 1 – TUESDAY 6TH JUNE 2017

11:30

Registration

11:45

Transforming UK Trade – The big debate

The current economic and political situation puts Trade at the top of the agenda for the United Kingdom.
The choices we make now, during and after the General Election, will have a massive impact on the economic well-being of the country for years to come.
So how should we Transform UK Trade? What options are there, and what choices should be made? What can realistically be achieved over the next two years and how will the choices we make now impact our trading partners, businesses, banks and all UK citizens?
This is the Big UK Trade Debate. Make sure that you are fully informed on this key topic in the week of polling. Hear the views first-hand from our panel of experts and commentators. And make up your own mind on the big questions for UK trade.

Moderator:

12:30

Welcome Lunch

13:00

Main Symposium Opening Remarks

13:05

World Trade Symposium Vision

13:10

Theme – Transforming Trade

13:15

Opening Keynote: In conversation with Annie Lennox OBE

Annie Lennox, singer, songwriter, activist and philanthropist discusses with Clive Myrie, Presenter & Foreign Correspondent, BBC News the issue of global inequality, the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the need for activism by all.
13:35

Live Dialogue: One Belt, One Road

  • What does the One Belt One Road project mean in the context of the 21st century global economy?
  • How will the world benefit?
  • Can it be perceived as a strategic threat or economic opportunity?

Moderator:

14:20

Panel Discussion: The politics of globalisation

  • Lower for longer. Can the global economy survive another decade of low growth?
  • What is the future of trade multilateralism?
  • How is the liberal consensus being tested around free markets and open economies?
  • What will be the impact of a Trump administration on world trade?
  • What does the future hold for the UK as a trading power?

Moderator:

15:10

Networking Break

15:40

Theme 1 Keynote: Intelligent trade: leveraging information and insight to facilitate the management and distribution of risk in the global economy

  • How can digital technologies and new business models be leveraged to help people connect, communicate and collaborate globally?
  • How can agile analytics generate intelligent trade to power the management and distribution of risk, attract new investment and boost availability of alternative financing options?
16:00

Panel Debate: Trade 2025: Bridging the $1.6 trillion trade finance funding gap

This panel debate will focus on information and insight for risk profiling and trade optimisation. In addition, panelists will discuss the implications and requirements of SMEs, the role and impact of GLEIF, and standardisation for trade and risk distribution.

Moderator:

16:45

Round Table Sessions

1a How should regulators and policy makers increase support for trade finance?
1b How should regulators and policy makers increase support for trade finance?
2aHow can the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance be reduced?
2bHow can the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance be reduced?
3a57% of SME trade finance requests are rejected against 10% for multinational companies creating adoption of less efficient forms of financing. How can this imbalance be redressed?
3b57% of SME trade finance requests are rejected against 10% for multinational companies creating adoption of less efficient forms of financing. How can this imbalance be redressed?
4What new models can be developed to scale micro enterprise participation in trade?
5aWhat can be done to remove structural barriers to funding in developing markets?
5bWhat can be done to remove structural barriers to funding in developing markets?
6Making cross-border e-Commerce a catalyst for SME trade: Practical experiences and next steps
7 How should the extended use of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) be applied in order to enable the more effective measurement and management of risk?
8What can be done to increase awareness and adoption of digital finance by small business?
18:00

Highlights and Recap: Closing Remarks

18:30

World Trade Gala Reception: Ritz Hotel; By invitation only

21:30

Close

SYMPOSIUM DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2017