Agenda

The Future of Trade is Open

Advancing financial inclusion and trade through open markets, open finance and open architecture

SYMPOSIUM DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2018

12:30

Registration and Welcome Lunch

13:00

Symposium Opening Remarks

13:05

WTS 2018: Themes

13:10

Opening Keynote Dialogue: Open markets: Is free trade always a good thing?

  • How can we fix the flaws in today’s advanced trading economies?
  • How should trade agreements be managed in an open society?
  • What role should government play in promoting open markets?
  • How can technological innovation help to promote increased competition whilst preserving liberal values?


Moderator:
13:50

Fireside Chat: Open trade built on open platforms

SMEs have firmly moved to the centre of trade policy focus and have become a driver of multiple platforms designed to facilitate trade and growth.

  • What are these open platforms and what benefits do they provide?
  • Who is driving them?
  • How can digital standards help promote interoperability?
  • How do we ensure open collaboration thrives alongside national interests?

Moderator:
14:20

Panel Discussion: Collaborative trade

  • How can we foster collaboration to achieve a more equitable distribution of value and wider financial inclusion?
  • Which partnerships are needed to build the foundations for the future of trade?
  • What does collaboration look like in the fourth industrial revolution and how can it support the re-invention of globalisation?



Moderator:
15:00

Networking Break

15:30

Theme 1 Keynote: Open Markets – What are the consequences for trade, multilateralism and economic growth in a G-Zero environment?

As protectionism and populism continue to rise, this thought-provoking keynote will discuss the political ‘weaponisation’ of trade and the correlation between stability and openness in the battle for free trade.

15:55

Panel Debate: Trade disarmament – From the weaponisation of trade to the advancement of Globalisation 3.0

  • What are the fundamentals of trade and how can we return to them?
  • How can we ensure that we turn trade into an asset, not a weapon?
  • How can we improve upon the traditional concept of economic development to consider environmental and social needs?
  • How do doughnut economics impact the measurement of economic progress and growth?
  • How can we tackle 21st century complexities and parameters?




Moderator:
16:40

Open Markets Round Table Sessions

1a Are we progressing towards a G-Zero world in which no-one has the power or the will to drive the global agenda?

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1b Are we progressing towards a G-Zero world in which no-one has the power or the will to drive the global agenda?

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2a Will the rise of the dragon and China’s impact on ASEAN and beyond drive divergence and disempower multilateral agencies?

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2b Will the rise of the dragon and China’s impact on ASEAN and beyond drive divergence and disempower multilateral agencies?

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3a How can an open and equitable global trading system be protected and promoted?

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3b How can an open and equitable global trading system be protected and promoted?

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4a The roadmap towards digital trade in financial services

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4b The roadmap towards digital trade in financial services
5a Trade and Supply Chain Finance: The Value Proposition for SMEs and LDCs

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5b Trade and Supply Chain Finance: The Value Proposition for SMEs and LDCs

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6a The future role of the WTO in global trade

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6b The future role of the WTO in global trade

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17:40

Closing Keynote: Transformative technology for a sustainable future

  • Digital transformation has become a competitive edge enabling first mover advantage in trade and many other sectors
  • Technologies like cloud, blockchain and artificial intelligence can drive operational efficiencies and growth
  • Real-time data intelligence can improve the ways in which industry stakeholders engage, supporting sustainable and more inclusive business models
18:05

Highlights and Recap: Closing Remarks

18:30

Symposium Reception

SYMPOSIUM DAY 2 – THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER 2018

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