Registration and networking lunch
Welcome from Finastra
Chair’s opening remarks
Opening plenary: Trade on a knife edge
Is “slowbalisation” inevitable? This session will identify the most important opportunities and risks for global trade. How much scope is there for geopolitical tensions to chill trade? And how is industry harnessing technology to drive innovation and collaboration in supply chains, finance and investment? How will the key trade trends for 2020 and beyond affect lives around the world?
Panel: The Trump effect—assessing the impact of the US president’s policies on global trade
To what extent have President Donald Trump’s trade policies affected trade flows? How permanent will their effects be? How are companies and governments adapting to find fresh opportunities in the new landscape?
Interview: China and the world—a changing relationship?
After years of expectations that China’s markets are opening up, relations between the world’s second-biggest economy and the West have taken a new turn, with some countries adopting a tougher stance. Where will Sino-foreign relationships go from here? Are the recent tensions a blip, or do they herald a new, more combative era? How can companies and service-providers navigate this new landscape to deliver for clients, regardless of geopolitical changes? How will China’s latest iteration of its Belt and Road Initiative impact global trade?
In conversation: Bridging the new networks of trade
Open platforms and digital islands: how and where is technology closing the gap between physical and financial supply chains? How are new technologies along the trade value chain—such as digital trade finance, open APIs, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers—improving efficiencies and driving change? What problems is technology struggling to solve, where are the barriers to adoption, and what is being done to address them?
Who cares about the consumer?
Changing societal attitudes, growing concerns about climate change, and the rise of socially conscious investing have focused a spotlight on sustainability in trade. What examples are there of genuine progress in trade practices? How can the trade ecosystem drive greater inclusivity and equality, make trade fairer, and even save our planet? Where are the biggest gaps that need to be closed, and are we acting fast enough?
The World If…
This interactive session offers our audience the opportunity to challenge our panellists about global trade. Each member of our panel of provocateurs will give a brief overview of a global trade scenario for 2030, and the audience will be asked to vote on the likelihood of these scenarios and offer their own perspectives.
Opening EIU briefing: Key questions on global trade and introduction to themes
Trade digitisation and decentralisation
Panel discussion: The future of digital platforms for open trade
New technologies are transforming the end-to-end trade lifecycle, from production to finance and logistics. What digital technologies are having the greatest impact, and how will they continue to be adopted? When will we see a universal trade network? How are banking platforms harnessing new trade technologies, and how ready are corporates, logistics-providers and governments to capitalise on the opportunity?
Roundtable discussions: Digital trade standards and technology showcase
- New models for trade risk distribution: technologies changing risk distribution in trade
- Solving the interoperability issue in new trade distributed-ledger technology networks
- Digitisation in action: providers highlight different digitisation solutions
Digital standards enabling open trade
Keynote interview: Policy in the era of digital trade
How are policymakers responding to changes in the global trade network caused by new technologies and changing consumer expectations? Has regulation kept pace with advancing technologies, and how can companies take advantage of novel opportunities without falling afoul of new risks? What progress has been made in developing the WTO’s data-sharing rules and digital-trade standards, and how can we expedite the delivery of these foundational guidelines?
Strategy sessions on showcasing solutions: Implementing standards for the benefit of trade
In groups, the attendees will exchange their perspectives on the biggest hurdles facing companies when implementing effective data policies. How does the global regulatory landscape impact businesses operating across regions? Topics for discussion will include:
- Digital standards – new standards for trade finance
- Universal interoperability – how to prevent new digital islands as new networks emerge
- Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate trade policy
Inclusive and sustainable trade
In conversation: Case studies on trade for good—spotlight on success
A discussion around the progress the region has had with trade integration between different countries.
Tackling illicit trade—strategies for success
How is technology tackling the challenge of establishing trade provenance in complex supply chains, and how will this reassure consumers about the sustainability of the products? How can public- and private-sector stakeholders collaborate to stamp out illegal trade practices and combat the risk of malicious actors using new technologies for ill? What are some case studies of success in fighting illicit trade?
Roundtables: Sustainability initiatives
Two problems, two solutions. The audience will divide into roundtables and apply their collective expertise to a pair of problems, sourced from attendees prior to the conference, that are related to global trade issues, with a focus on sustainability initiatives.
The road forward
The Economist debates: The future of free trade
The rise of protectionism and economic nationalism in recent years has thrown a spanner in the works of the globalist, free-market project. Is the dream of frictionless global trade dead?
In the round: Global business in an unstable world
This dynamic closing session will showcase a range of decision-makers and influential voices as they debate how to navigate an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical environment. What are the key solutions that attendees can take back to their businesses? Is chaos the new normal?