Future of Strategy 2020. Trade, Intelligence and Security Virtual Event

Coriolis Technologies is delighted to announce that we will be running a second, virtual conference between the 23rd and 26th November 2020

About this Event

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What on earth happened to 2020 – where does trade go from here?

Back in January there was a fragile truce in the trade conflict between the US and China as a result of the Phase 1 deal between the two countries buying sentiment at the start of the year. Just two months later the full force of Covid 19 had hit global trade and the global economy; the world shut down and as it did, nations raised protectionist barriers in the supply chains associated with treating and preventing the disease. Meanwhile, any hope that the trade deal meant better relations between the world’s two largest trading nations have been dashed as the conflict as migrated from the realms of trade policy into technology and finance.

The manifest challenges to the global trade system and how it operates politically, economically, sustainably and technologically after the crisis makes this a timely event that deals with some of the most important questions on everyone’s lips:

  • What is the future of trade and how do we deal with the economic nationalism that has characterised the pandemic – is trade now in the front line of the seismic shift in the nature of conflict? To what extent are trade and foreign policy now so bound together that banks have become the “boots on the ground” charged with implementing ever-changing sanctions and compliance regimes? What are the consequences of shifting spheres of influence based on economic as much as military power?
  • Will the US election result make any difference to the way in which we view global power relations through trade? What are the consequences for the way in which trade technology, digital currencies and cross border payments develop in the coming years?
  • Which groups will most need support after the crisis is over? Will the SME trade finance gap ever be pluggged? Does technology and digitisation provide a real solution to the trade finance gap and, if so, what does that technology need to do to address this profound and global “market failure”?
  • How do we guarantee supplies of personal protective equipment, medical equipment, treatments, test kits, and most importantly of all, vaccines to get us out of the current crisis? What role does data play in managing and understanding the flow of critical supply chains between countries and how can we measure these in real time? Is the protectionism that surrounds the Covid 19 pandemic reversable?
  • What are the consequences for sustainable trade of the Covid 19 pandemic? How can we make supply chains sustainable when so much of the equipment needed is single use plastic? What can we do to reduce fraud in areas of the Covid 19 supply chain and how can we come out of the Covid 19 pandemic with sustainablity at the front of everything we do in the trade sector?
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Monday 23rd November: The new trade landscape post Covid 19 – political and economic overview, key challenges for business

10.00-10.30 Keynote fireside chat: Enhancing cooperation and keeping markets open

11.00-11.30 Keynote fireside chat: Looking to a post-Covid world

12.30-13.30 MultiLateral working lunch: The Covid-19 supply chain

14.00-15.15 Working group: Trends and Dynamics of Trade and Global Value Chains: From the Lenses of the UK and China

  • 14.00-14.05: Introduction and Keynote from Anna Rincon-Aznar, Principal Economist NIESR
  • 14.05-14.15: NIESR Applications of Coriolis Big Data for Trade and Global Value Chain Analysis, Dr Xuxin Mao, Principal Economist, NIESR & Visiting Fellow, LSE European Institute
  • 14.15-14.25: Value Chains and Domestic Competitiveness, Professor Alisdair Smith, UK Trade Policy Observatory
  • 14.25-14.35: The UK’s position in global value chains: insights from the OECD TiVA database, Graham Hay, Associate Director, Cambridge Econometrics
  • 14.35-14.45: RCEP & The Dual Circulation of Chinese Economy, Prof Miaojie Yu, Deputy Dean of National School of Development & Director of Center for Global Economic Research, Peking University
  • 14.45-14.55: China’s Internationalization and its Impact on the UK economy & Business Relation between two Countries , Professor Guy S. Liu, Head of Peking University HSBC Business School (UK)
  • 14.45-15.15: Q&A


15.30-16.30 Webinar: The expansion of supply chain finance – driving trade recovery

Tuesday 24th November: The hardest hit groups – SMEs, trade finance and market failure

10.00-10.15 Keynote interview: Falling through the cracks

11.00-11.30 Keynote interview: Rising to the challenge – the strategic role of ECAs

12.30-13.30 MultiLateral working lunch: Data tools to support SME trade finance

15.00 – 16.00 Webinar: ‘The great reboot’ – how can we reach trade 2.0?

16.30-17.00 Keynote interview: “Trade is not a four letter word”

Wednesday 25th November: Security, Economic Nationalism and the Gaming of Trade

10.00-11.30 Working group: Simulating conflict – predicting the unpredictable?

12.00-12.45 Keynote fireside chat: “The games they play”

13.15-14.15 In conversation: Strategic nationalism and the future of strategy

15.00-16.00 Webinar: De-coupled – is economic power the new hard power and can trade recover from its use as a ‘weapon of choice’?

Thursday 26th November: Achieving Sustainable Prosperity

10.00-10.30 Keynote interview: Making a difference through sustainable development

11.00-11.15 Keynote interview: What does the future for sustainability look like?

12.30-13.30 MultiLateral working lunch: What are the challenges in measuring sustainability?

15.00-16.00 Can trade really be sustainable?

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