The Telegraph’s Future of Trade and Export Forum took place on 26th June in London and focused on facilitating discussion around three core pillars:
- Trade policy – how the import export strategy of corporates is being impacted by government policy
- Technology – how new technology will create efficiencies and better facilitate trade
- Finance – how innovations in the financial sector, through start-up disruptors and new tech such as blockchain, will impact trade
Delegates heard from expert speakers including the likes of:
- The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP – Secretary of State for International Trade;
- Dr Alan Wolff – Deputy Director-General at the WTO;
- Chris Southworth – Secretary General of the ICC United Kingdom; and
- Adam Marshall – Director General at the British Chamber of Commerce.
Other speakers included: Mats Persson, Head of International Trade, Economics and Policy Unit at EY UK&I; Marcus Dolman, Co-Chairman of BExA; Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors; Matthew Houlihan, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs at Cisco; Wilson Del Socorro, Global Director of Government Affairs, Diageo, amongst many others.
Linklaters' own Dr Lorand Bartels, Senior Trade Counsel, also took the stage for two sessions, the first discussing new customs regimes alongside Chris Southworth, Secretary General of the ICC and Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade. This session focused on the current transformation of customs procedures, what the new frameworks will look like and what impact they will have on businesses.
Later in the day Lorand also chaired a panel discussing New Horizons: Where to trade and what you need. Accompanied by Matthew Houlihan, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs at Cisco; David Henig, Director UK Trade Policy Project, ECIPE; and Aaron Rosland, Counsellor for the Ontario Government, the panel explored the current global trade policy landscape as well as future trade opportunities, discussing how both Government support and future technology will open up new opportunities for business both in established and new markets.