World Trade Symposium

LONDON

31 MARCH 2022

PROGRAMMED BY

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HOSTED BY

Thursday 31st March

Digital trade: Charting the way forward
The “tech-tonic” opportunity

The past 18 months have seen the rules on global trade rewritten. The profound digital transformation that was already underway has accelerated, slashing costs and reforging supply chains—with innovative shippers, banks, trading blocs and fintechs leading the way. As a result, all governments, businesses and trade practitioners now face the urgent task of understanding the technology trends and practical and policy challenges involved in grasping the opportunity of digital trade.

Alongside this, policymakers and non-governmental organisations forecast that digital technologies and standards will open trade to millions more small and micro-enterprises across the world, cementing a new path to global prosperity. Digital tracking and provenance solutions could also boost sustainability and help reduce carbon emissions.

These “tech-tonic” shifts are a significant opportunity for all stakeholders in trade, but many obstacles still need to be overcome. The World Trade Symposium 2022 will bring together top executives and leading global policymakers for a day of rigorous discussion and debate on these critical issues. The event will reassess the new “trade lines” created by the pandemic, explore the scope and impact of digital trade technologies and evaluate the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The audience will hear from innovators, businesses and policymakers, learn about practical solutions, and build networks with global leaders and innovators that will help bring the benefits of digitalisation into their own organisation. Now in its seventh year, the World Trade Symposium promises to deliver unmissable insights on what matters most in global trade today.

Thursday 31st March

9.00am

Moderator’s opening remarks

Pathways to digital prosperity

9.05am

Opening keynote panel: Accelerating trade through digital technologies

9.40am

Fireside chat: Trade in an age of change

10.00am

Oxford-style debate: This house believes that digitalisation will benefit all equally and fairly

10.30am

Break and networking session

Unlocking opportunities through digitalisation

11.00am

Innovation insights: Pathways to resilience

11.20am

Innovation insights: The next frontier—Digital trade platforms and marketplaces

11.40am

Innovation insights: Empowering SMEs through digital financing

12.00pm

Digitalisation: Crowdsourcing innovation—interactive session

12.30pm

Lunch and networking

Building outcomes for good

2.00pm

Opportunities for a sustainable future using digital technologies

2.30pm

Beyond regional lines: Technology for global prosperity

3.00pm

Bridging the trade finance gap

3.30pm

Break

Reviving trade: The path ahead

3.15pm

Keynote interview: The digital trade imperative

4.05pm

Keynote panel: Redefining trade lines—Setting the global agenda for a digital future

4.50pm

Chair’s closing remarks

5.00pm

Finastra’s closing remarks

5.15pm

Drinks reception begins