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Conference

Global Trade: A Trade System for the 21st Century

9 Jun 2014 - 09:30 to 10 Jun 2014 - 13:15

Chatham House, London

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) achieves its first breakthrough on trade facilitation and bilateral negotiations unfold between trading partners across the Atlantic and Pacific regions, a new era for global trade appears to be emerging.

At this juncture it is important to address questions about the future of global trade governance and prospects for bilateral and multilateral trade liberalization, and consider what lies ahead for trade in a competitive global economy.

Speakers will address key issues including:

  • Objectives and challenges for bilateral and multilateral trade governance
  • Reducing non-tariff and behind-the-border barriers to trade
  • Domestic policy and trade liberalization
  • Unlocking the value of global supply chains
  • Future patterns of global trade

James Bacchus to speak at the Global Trade 2016 conference

James Bacchus

Chair of the Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig and Member and Chair, Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (1995-2003)

Taeho Bark

Taeho Bark

Professor of International Trade, GSIS, Seoul National University

Howard Chase

Howard Chase

Director of Government Affairs, The Dow Chemical Company, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Shawn Donnan

Shawn Donnan

World Trade Editor, Financial Times

Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St Gallen

Simon J Evenett

Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St Gallen

Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty

Sanford Garland Henry

Visiting Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House

John Hilary

John Hilary

Executive Director, War on Want

Martin Hoad

Interim Deputy Treasurer, Marks and Spencer

Professor Gary Hufbauer

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Alan Kyerematen

Alan Kyerematen

Coordinator, Africa Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa

William C Lane

William C Lane

Director of Government Relations, Caterpillar Inc

Jean-Pierre Lehmann to speak at the Chatham House Global Trade 2016 conference

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy, IMD; Founder, The Evian Group

Dr Patrick Low

Dr Patrick Low

Vice President of Research and Senior Fellow, Fung Global Institute

Nick Mabey

Nick Mabey

Chief Executive Officer, Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G)

Eduardo Perez Motta

Eduardo Perez Motta

Partner, Agon Economia y Derecho

Dr Robin Niblett

Dr Robin Niblett

Director, Chatham House

Bart Ras

Bart Ras

Global Head Business Development, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

David P Shark

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Ujal Singh Bhatia

Ujal Singh Bhatia

Member of the Appellate Body, World Trade Organization

Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham

Managing Director, Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project Babson Global

Andrey Slepnev

Andrey Slepnev

Member of the Board and Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission

Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Member

Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Member

All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU-US Trade & Investment

Bruce Stokes

Bruce Stokes

Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House

Professor Xinquan Tu

Professor Xinquan Tu

Deputy Director, China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics

Owen Tudor

Owen Tudor

Head, European Union and International Department, Trade Union Congress (TUC)

James Zhan

Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
Press can request a press pass using the form below.

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Venue

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Day One
Monday 9 June
09:00

Session One
Governance, Multilateralism and Bilateralism
09:00 - 11:15

Chair’s opening remarks
Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

  • What should trade agreements aim to achieve?
  • Are the right structures in place for global trade governance?
  • How will progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) shape future regional trade agreements?

Opening keynotes (on the record)
Rt Hon Lord Peter Mandelson, European Commissioner for Trade (2004-08)

Questions and discussion

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and President of the Board of Trade

Questions and discussion

Ambassador Anthony Gardner, United States Ambassador to the European Union

Questions and discussion

  • How can the ambition of TTIP be realized, given the complexity of US-EU economic relations?
  • What are the implications for multilateralism of increased political support for mega-regional preferential agreements?

Speakers  
Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief Negotiator, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), European Commission

Timothy Reif, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Questions and discussion

11:15 – 11:45    Refreshments

Moderated panel discussion

  • What are the long-term fundamentals driving global trade?
  • Does the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement prove that the multilateral trade system still matters?
  • If regional bilateral negotiations are successful, how can they be integrated into multilateral frameworks and the WTO?
  • How role will China play in shaping future trade agreements?
  • What would be the implications should current bilateral trade negotiations fail?

Moderator
Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times

Panellists
Taeho Bark, Professor of International Trade, GSIS, Seoul National University, and Minister for Trade (2011-13), Republic of Korea

Ujal Singh Bhatia, Member of the Appellate Body, World Trade Organization

Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board and Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission

Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St Gallen

Professor Xinquan Tu, Deputy Director, China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics

Questions and discussion

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

 

Session Two
Trade Liberalization
14:00 - 15:30

  • What should be the organizing principles for negotiations on trade liberalization?
  • How can international regulatory and competition frameworks facilitate growth in global trade?

Chair
Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy, IMD

Speakers
Shanker Singham, Managing Director, Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project, Babson Global

Eduardo Perez Motta, Partner, Agon Economia y Derecho

William C Lane, Director of Government Relations, Caterpillar Inc

Howard Chase, Director of Government Affairs, The Dow Chemical Company, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Questions and discussion

15:30 – 16:00    Refreshments

 

Session Three
Trade and Domestic Policy
16:00 - 17:30

Moderated panel discussion

  • In what ways can governments secure public support for trade agreements?
  • To what extent do trade liberalization goals pose a challenge for domestic policies, labour standards and environmental protection?

Moderator
Dr Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford

Panellists
Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU-US Trade & Investment

Bruce Stokes, Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House

Sanford Henry, Visiting Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House

Owen Tudor, Head, European Union and International Department
Trade Union Congress (TUC)

John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want

Nick Mabey, Chief Executive, E3G

Questions and discussion

17:30 End of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House

 

Day Two
Tuesday 10 June
09:20

Session Four
Unlocking the Value of Supply Chains
09:20 - 10:45

  • What is the cost of regulatory restrictions affecting global supply chains and unbundled production? How can the potential economic gains be unlocked?
  • In what ways can governments ensure that policy decisions do not have a negative impact on global supply chains?
  • How can businesses reduce inefficiencies across global supply chains?


Chair’s opening remarks
Bart Ras, ‎Global Head Business Development, Global Trade and Receivables Finance

Speakers
Dr Patrick Low, Vice President of Research and Senior Fellow, Fung Global Institute   

Shanker Singham, Managing Director, Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project, Babson Global

Martin Hoad, Interim Deputy Treasurer, Marks and Spencer

Questions and discussion


Questions and discussion

10:45 – 11:15    Refreshments

 

Session Five
Future Dynamics of Global Trade
11:15 - 13:15

Chair
James Bacchus, Chair of the Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig

  • How will economic growth in emerging regions affect global trade?

Keynote speaker (on the record)
James Emmett, Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

Moderated panel discussion

  • How will China’s growth affect the patterns of trade around the world?
  • What does the ripple effect of countries moving up the value chain mean for the distribution of goods?
  • What opportunities for new regional trade agreements are likely to emerge?

Chair
James Bacchus, Chair of the Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig

Panellists
James Emmett, Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

David P Shark, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty

Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Alan Kyerematen, Coordinator, Africa Trade Policy Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (2011-13) and Minister of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives, Ghana (2003-07)

James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Questions and discussion

Closing keynote (on the record)
Sir Simon Fraser, Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
 

13:15    End of conference and lunch

 

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