ICC International Trade & Prosperity Conference | 1-2.02, London 2020

Global Value Chains Matter

We are delighted to invite to our flagship event on 1-2 July - Global Value Chains play a key role in the global economy, creating jobs, sharing prosperity, fostering innovation and attracting investment but are being increasingly challenged by the rise in protectionism, climate change and digitisation. This inaugural ICC event will look at the issues and provide a set of policy recommendations for how global value chains can evolve to meet the challenges.

As the world’s largest business organisation representing 45 million companies from all sectors and company sizes in over 100 countries, as well as the only business organisation with UN Observer Status, we are best placed to influence and inform the discussion regarding policy for global value chains.

Topics included as part of the one day conference include:

  • Challenges and opportunities facing global value chains
  • View from the boardroom – how global value chains can be a solution to delivering the UN 2030 agenda
  • The economics of global value chains - role of SME’s
  • Sustainable development – hitting the 1.5 climate target and importance of responsible business
  • Technology as the transformer – digital trade as an enabler to inclusive growth and harmonising legal frameworks
  • Sustainable funding –
  • What does the future look like – implications of new WTO digital trade rules on global value chains
  • Importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency and inclusive trade governance
  • Re-building trust in business - business ethics, compliance and responsible business conduct
  • Impact of disruptive business models

    Venue: DLA Piper, 160 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HT

    Timings: 8:30 - 19:00

    Programme:

    1st July, 2020

    17:30-20:00 | ICC AGM followed by Summer Drinks Reception

    9:00-9:05 | VIP Dinner

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    2nd July, 2020

    8:30-9:00 | REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

    9:00-9:05 | OPENING REMARKS

    • Chris Southworth, Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom

    9:05-9:20 | KEYNOTE 1

    Tackling the Backlash to Globalisation

    The challenges facing the global trade system and solutions to how to address the issues.

    9:20-9:30 | Opening Statement from the Boardroom

    • Paul Drechsler, Board Member, ICC United Kingdom

    9:30-10:15 | PANEL 1

    View from the Boardroom - Open Discussion

    A discussion exploring the global opportunities and challenges and how GVCs can be a solution to delivering the UN 2030 Agenda.

    10:15-10:35 | Impact of Disruptive Business Models

    10:35-11:00 | NETWORKING BREAK

    11:00-11:45 | PANEL 2

    The Economics of Global Value Chains

    Latest patterns, trends and analysis. Role of SME’s.

    12:00-13:00 | WORKSTREAMS

    STREAM 1: Sustainable Development in Practice

    DELIVERING THE 2050 NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET

    Challenges, opportunities and solutions to meeting the Paris Agreement commitment.

    • De-carbonisation
    • Smart technology
    • Using the SDG's as a framework

    STREAM 2: Technology as the Transformer

    DIGITAL TRADE; THE ENABLER TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH

    How the WTO Ecommerce Agreement will transform global trade, promote economic growth, investment and jobs, address the digital divide, increase financial inclusion and tackle gender equality.

    STREAM 3: Business Pillars to Drive Success

    IMPACT OF GLOBAL CHANGE ON TAX STRATEGY

    Tax is becoming a critical area of focus as governments seek new ways to reform the global tax system and raise revenues from the digital economy and meet sustainability and climate change targets, particularly in emerging countries where development priorities are acute and tax revenues low. This session will look at the risks, implications and potential opportunities to deliver a more effective tax system that meets the needs of business and governments but is fair and transparent. 


    13:00-14:00
    | NETWORKING LUNCH

    14:00-15:00 | WORKSTREAMS

    STREAM 1: Sustainable Development in Practice

    CLIMATE & GREEN FINANCE

    This session will be a conversation with leading corporate treasurers and review the impact of policy, disruptive new technologies, digital platforms and banking regulation on corporate finance and how companies are adapting. It will discuss the pros and cons of traditional trade finance and new alternatives.


    STREAM 2: Technology as the Transformer

    WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE

    This session will assess the macro framework set out in the ICC Digital Trade Roadmap, progress across digital integration initiatives and the implications of new WTO digital trade rules and the ICC digital trade standards on the corporate trading environment.

    STREAM 3: Business Pillars to Drive Success
    TRADE FACILITATION

    Latest developments on aligning legislative frameworks, free flow of data, use of trade agreements to strengthen trade corridors.

      15:00-15:20 | NETWORKING BREAK

      15:20-16:20 | 

      A Conversation with Business, Consumers, Workers & NGO's

      Trade now impacts on all areas of public policy. This session will look at the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency, consensus building and inclusive trade governance.

      16:20-17:00 | PANEL 3

      Rebuilding Trust in Business

      New thinking on business ethics, compliance and responsible business conduct. 

      17:00-17:20 | KEYNOTE 2

      The Way Forward for Global Value Chains

      The future role of global value chains in the global economy.

      17:20-17:30 | CLOSING REMARKS FROM CHAIR

      17:30-19:00 | DRINKS RECEPTION

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