World Trade Symposium

LONDON

31 MARCH 2022

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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. As the world emerges from the covid-19 pandemic, the Ukraine-Russia crisis threatens the global trade order. The war could derail the economic recovery of the past year and create further divisions between countries. In these unprecedented times, governments, businesses and civil society need to work together towards a common cause for trade to prosper. 

 

Using technology to build efficiency and resilience is one significant means to pave the way to a brighter future. The profound digital transformation that was already underway before the pandemic has accelerated, slashing costs and reforging supply chains. Innovative shippers, banks, trading blocs and Fintechs are blazing a trail. All governments, businesses and trade practitioners now face the urgent task of understanding trends in technology and the 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, examine the impact of the Ukraine-Russia war on global trade flows, 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

Opening remarks

Opening remarks from The Economist

Pathways to digital prosperity

9.05am

Opening keynote panel: Accelerating trade through digital technologies

9.50am

Fireside chat: Trade in an age of change

10.10am

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

10.45am

Break and networking session

Unlocking opportunities through digitalisation

11.15am

Introductory remarks

11.20am

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

11.35am

Innovation insights: Empowering SMEs through digital financing

11.55am

Digitalisation: Crowdsourcing innovation—interactive session

1.00pm

Lunch and networking

Building outcomes for good

2.00pm

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Impact on trade

2.15pm

Introductory remarks

2.20pm

Opportunities for a sustainable future using digital technologies

2.45pm

Beyond regional lines: Technology for global prosperity

3.10pm

Bridging the trade finance gap

3.35pm

Break

Reviving trade: The path ahead

3.55pm

Introductory remarks

4.00pm

Keynote interview: The digital trade imperative

4.20pm

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

5.00pm

Chair’s closing remarks

5.05pm

Finastra’s closing remarks

5.15pm

Drinks reception begins