COVID-19, protectionism, and global tensions have impacted trade like never before. A 13% decline in trade volumes in 2020 is the World Trade Organisation’s best case scenario. But, with vaccines expected to come to market, and new leaders in the White House and in the WTO, a recovery in 2021 may yet be on the cards.
With this incessant change, what must governments, businesses and international institutions do to put economies, and their own organisations back on track? What lessons from COVID-19 must become embedded into trade frameworks? How can stakeholders leverage digital trade and new technology to enhance resiliency and sustainability? And where do opportunities exist for firms in the post-COVID 19 world?
The World Trade Symposium will debate these critical issues, provide practical solutions and uncover new opportunities for businesses across industries and geographies. The expert speaker faculty of established corporate leaders, trade financiers and policymakers will share the stage with fresh-thinking innovators and startup bosses who aim to make world trade more robust, sustainable and inclusive.