World Trade Symposium 2021

World Trade Symposium:
A global trade resurgence?

Covid-19, protectionism, and global tensions have impacted trade like never before. A 13% decline in trade volumes in 2020 is the World Trade Organisation’s best case scenario. But, with vaccines expected to come to market, and new leaders in the White House and in the WTO, a recovery in 2021 may yet be on the cards.

With this incessant change, what must governments, businesses and international institutions do to put economies, and their own organisations back on track? What lessons from covid-19 must become embedded into trade frameworks? How can stakeholders leverage digital trade and new technology to enhance resiliency and sustainability? And where do opportunities exist for firms in the post-covid 19 world?

The World Trade Symposium will debate these critical issues, provide practical solutions and uncover new opportunities for businesses across industries and geographies. Our expert speaker faculty of established corporate leaders, trade financiers and policymakers will share the stage with fresh-thinking innovators and startup bosses who aim to make world trade more robust, sustainable and inclusive.

  • Learn how macroeconomic trends will affect your business and investments
  • Examine the latest digital trade technologies and solutions to stay ahead of the competition
  • Evaluate innovative opportunities in sustainable, equal and inclusive trade
  • Hear practical, actionable solutions from corporate leaders, innovators, policymakers and experts to incorporate into your firm’s trade strategy

1pm GMT / 8am ET / 9pm HKT

Tues 2 Feb New World Order in Trade: What it means for you?

1pm

Opening remarks and briefing

1:10pm

Opening keynote panel: Navigating the new normal

1:50pm

Future-focused: Agile trade

2:00pm

Spotlight interview: Nigeria’s road ahead.

2.10pm

Insight session: Thriving amid change

2:50pm

Spotlight session

3pm

Fireside chat: Canada’s course for growth

3pm

Session close

3pm

Roundtable: Meet the World Trade Board:

3:15pm

Fireside chat close

4pm

Roundtable closes

1pm GMT / 8am ET / 9pm HKT

Wed 3 Feb Digitalising the supply chain: A business imperative

12pm

Roundtable: Meet the World Trade Board

1pm

Live: Chair’s welcome remarks

1.10pm

Insight session: Resilient supply chains

2.10pm

Future-focused: How to build a high-performing supply chain

2:20pm

Quick-fire presentations

2:50pm

Keynote Interview: Reviving business amid chaos

3.10pm

Session close

1pm GMT / 8am ET / 9pm HKT

Thurs 4 Feb Sustaining progress towards a greener future

1pm

Chair’s welcome remarks

1.10pm

Ambition vs reality: Fair and inclusive trade

1:40pm

Panel discussion: Access granted – Making the benefits of trade inclusive and sustainable

2pm

Spotlight conversation: Time for a new system?

2:10pm

Future-focused: Can inclusive trade be as profitable?

2:20pm

Interviews Insight session: Uncovering opportunities in eco friendly trade

2:40pm

Closing keynote interview: The world in 2030: Trade priorities and prospects

3pm

Closing remarks

3:05pm

Session close

3pm

Roundtable: Meet the World Trade Board

4pm

Roundtable close