World Trade Symposium 2019

Open Trade In An Uncertain World

6–7 November
Grand Hyatt, New York

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Speakers & Agenda 2019

The agenda will take a deep dive into the new technologies and platforms that are opening up trade and identify the opportunities presented by changing trends, as well as exploring how shifting consumer priorities are affecting the sustainability agenda. Attendees won’t just be debating key issues and swapping their stories, but will explore new ideas and solutions.

Speaker Spotlight

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(Not so) open trade in an uncertain world

Chris Clague, managing editor and global lead on trade and globalisation, Economist Intelligence Unit

The one-two punch of the Brexit vote in June 2016 followed by the election of Donald Trump later that year made for the easy portrayal of a struggling global trade. In reality it had started receiving a pounding long before then. The failure of the Doha Round of multilateral negotiations—which is hard to date with precision—exposed major faults in the system. The onset of the global financial crisis in 2008-09 compounded the problem. Despite the commitments of the G20 countries and various other groups not to raise barriers to trade, all of them did so. This mainly took the form of non-tariff measures rather than the actual tariffs that are so much the focus of trade disputes now.

Who should attend

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Governmental organisations
  • Regulator & policy influencers
  • Corporates
  • Technology providers
  • Shipping
  • logistics and freight

Reasons To Attend


Gain valuable knowledge and insight into issues and opportunities for global trade.


Exchange new ideas and solutions with other business leaders, technology innovators, policy makers, thought leaders and economists to debate and discuss topical issues.


Be influential through active participation be it in the breakout roundtable sessions or panel debates via polling and Q&A. This unique global forum welcomes you to connect, collaborate and innovate.

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