Harnessing the Commonwealth Advantage in International Trade
13th July 2017
Commonwealth members already enjoy a trade advantage without any formal collaboration. We tend to trade on average around 20% and benefit from lower trade costs arising from our commonalities. These results suggest potential for enhanced cooperation to further stimulate the Commonwealth trade advantage in contemporary trade, finance and investment flows. Getting our trade, finance and investment governance structures fit for purpose within the context of 21st century trade – in anticipation of the next production revolution – is a prerequisite to regenerative development. This one-day event organised in collaboration with the London Wealth Forum will explore how the Commonwealth advantage in international trade can be more effectively harnessed to this effect.
REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
Moderator: Richard Moir, CEO London Wealth Forum
Session 1. The Commonwealth in the Changing Global Trading Landscape: This panel will explore the profound shifts arising in the global trading landscape and the Commonwealth trade advantage within this context.
Moderator: Jodie Keane, Commonwealth Secretariat, London
Session 2. Enhancing Connectivity across the Commonwealth: New forms of trading relationships are arising as a result of profound technological advances. In view of these transformations, this panel will explore 21st century trade support measures.
Moderator: Commonwealth Secretariat, London
Session 3. Accessing Finance and Alternative Investment Vehicles: Upgrading productive structures requires access to finance. In turn, this requires institutional support and governance capabilities. This panel session will explore experiences across the Commonwealth and situate this discussion within the context of regenerative development.
Moderator: Howard Haughton, Commonwealth Secretariat
Session 4. International Financial Centres and Cross Border Investments: Adjusting to the new normal also means adapting regulatory frameworks. This panel will explore the changing position and role of Commonwealth IFCs within cross border investments and the profound shifts ongoing in business models.
Moderator: Lucas Rutherford, Commonwealth Secretariat