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Global trade is, on multiple fronts, going through a period of profound change. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a significant demand and supply shock to global trade flows. The pandemic has also both raised important questions and played into broader discussions around the current system of global trade and its effective governance. The amplification of protectionist trade policies, the next phase of US–China relations, shifting patterns of trade, and the increasingly damaging effects of climate change, all pose significant challenges for the current system of international trade.
It is in this context that in 2020, as part of its centenary year, Chatham House launched the Global Trade Policy Forum, to explore these different evolving aspects and develop substantive and actionable policy recommendations for the future direction of global trade.
This year’s Global Trade Conference will build on the work of the forum, bringing together leading stakeholders to discuss key developments in global trade and how to create a truly effective and sustainable system(s) of global governance.
How has Covid-19 both raised new challenges and played into broader discussions around global trade?
With the signing of the ‘phase one’ trade deal and the coming US elections, what is next for US–China relations?
How will shifting supply chains, technological developments and the increasing importance of services shape global trade in the 2020s and beyond?
What impact is climate change having on global trade? How can effective environmental sustainability and trade policy inform and enable each other?
Will the World Trade Organization (WTO) be reformed to address such challenges or developments? Or is the future of international trade governance (at least partially) found elsewhere?
This conference is part of the Chatham House LIVE series and will be hosted online and on the record.
The LIVE series will bring together international audiences and enable participants to connect with peers from across the globe. Over the course of each LIVE conference, participants will be able to engage in high-level panel discussions and conversations between policy makers, business leaders and international experts. Other interactive features will include polling and live analysis of results, in addition to live question and answer sessions between participants and speakers.