A Trade System for the 21st Century
9-10 June 2014
Chatham House, London
As the World Trade Organisation (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.
- Mega-regional trade agreements pose a challenge for multilateral trade governance and the coherence of international trade relations.
- Can the ambitious goals of TTIP navigate US and EU domestic priorities?
- What role will the WTO play as preferential regional trade agreements become more prominent?
- How will the relationship between China and its major trading partners develop?
- How will geopolitical rivalries affect future trade relationships?
The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and President of the Board of Trade
Sir Simon Fraser, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Rt Hon Lord Peter Mandelson, European Commissioner for Trade (2004-08)
Ambassador Anthony Gardner, US Ambassador to the European Union
Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief Negotiator, TTIP, European Commission
Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Member of the APPG on Trade Out of Poverty
James Emmett, Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC
Timothy Reif, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Taeho Bark, Professor of International Trade, GSIS, Seoul National University and Minister for Trade (2011-13), Republic of Korea