Chatham House Conference: Global Trade 2018

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Global Trade 2018
Protectionism, power dynamics and changing priorities

1 November 2018 | Chatham House, London

Join discussions at this year’s Chatham House Global Trade conference. The agenda will examine the current state of international trade, who the systemic players are, and the potential for new trade agreements to alter the landscape.

Global trade is in flux. The prospect of protectionist trade policies, particularly in the United States with President Trump’s new trade strategy, fast-evolving new technologies reshaping the trade landscape, and uncertainty about the UK’s future trade relationships – with the EU and beyond – suggests a global trade system that faces more uncertainty than at any time since the Second World War.

Without US support for open market principles, the divergent interests of other countries and trading blocs, including China, Japan and the EU, will make substantial alignment on global trade negotiations and governance difficult. With global trade dynamics undergoing such a major shift, this is a critical time to take stock and assess the effect on trade policies now and in the longer term.

Examining these key issues will be senior policymakers and sector experts including:

  • Suella Braverman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist, European Commission
  • Crawford Falconer, Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade
  • Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland
  • Søren Kelstrup, Ambassador for Trade Policy, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

See the full speaker line-up and read the agenda on the conference webpage.

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