“Partnering for stronger trade – Leveraging trade agreements for the benefit of international shipping”
In negotiating international trade agreements, the inclusion of maritime has often been notoriously difficult. Yet, through the IMO, maritime is often identified as a positive example of international collaboration and regulation. Ruosi Zhang, Counsellor of the Trade in Services Division at the WTO will present the keynote speech on how “maritime” can be considered in the formation of future trade agreements. The event will explore the challenges and opportunities in promoting better regulation of shipping through bilateral, multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements. At this crucial time for considering how the UK approaches international trade, this UK Chamber of Shipping event will bring together significant shipping stakeholders, trade representatives from key maritime economies, and UK Government officials to consider the key issues within a potential maritime trade chapter.
The programme is as follows:
0730 – Registration opens, and breakfast is served.
0800 – Trade exercise
- The Chamber will invite attendees to consider the significance of trade agreements and identify with fellow attendees how trade agreements can benefit the global shipping industry.
0835 – Key note speech by the Counsellor of the Trade in Services Division, WTO
- A presentation will be made on the “inclusion” of maritime in international trade agreements
0900 – Panel discussion
- A Panel will consider contemporary issues influencing future trade agreements. Speakers will include: Trade Economist at the Bank of England and Head of Operations at Bibby Financial Services.
0930 – Conclusion
1000 – End