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CBI Conference Series: International Trade

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Join us for the latest insights on emerging trends in international trade and new trade policies that could impact your business.

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Event format

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the CBI Conference International Trade will now be held digitally over two days rather than in-person. Delegates will be able to enjoy a varied programme of interviews, panel discussions and 'in conversation' sessions over the course of the two days and will also be able to view sessions on-demand after the event.

Event overview

The importance of understanding the UK’s role in the global economy and what global factors will impact your business has never been so important. This event will look at how you navigate your way through these turbulent times.

Our first ever international trade conference will focus on recasting trade relationships in a post-Brexit world, the role of trade as a vital part of the economic recovery and the importance of international cooperation in driving global trade.

Why take part?

This digital event will enable you to :

  • Gain insight on new trade policy to help you understand how you can make it work in your business
  • Learn from senior representatives on how to trade successfully in a post-COVID and post-Brexit world, allowing you to operate and thrive in these challenging times
  • Share best practice with other senior business leaders who are facing the same challenges as you

Who should take part?

This digital event is perfect for :

  • Decision-makers who have responsibility for international business and trade
  • Government Affairs professionals
  • CEO’s, Managing Directors and Finance Directors of SMEs and medium-sized businesses

Outline programme


10:00 In conversation

  • Hear about how the government will support UK business on the international stage
  • Learn more about the Department for Trade’s plans for supporting exports and ensuring trade is an enabler of the economic recovery
  • Understand more about the international plan for living with COVID-19 globally

11:00 Panel discussion: The UK-China relationship and business priorities

  • Join a debate about the opportunities and challenges for the China-UK trading relationship in a changed landscape
  • Understand more about what the future holds for Chinese investment into the UK
  • Discuss current supply chain issues and what the future holds

14:00 Panel discussion: The importance of international coordination living with COVID-19, and how business can shape the agenda

  • Discuss global unity and ways in which the UK can combat competing protectionism
  • Explore the importance of the low carbon agenda

15:00 Panel Discussion: How trade might change in the post-COVID recovery

  • Gain insight from the debate about the need to reconfigure supply chains and/or potentially reduce reliance on overseas operations/suppliers
  • Explore how companies are reacting to consumer behaviour changes as a result of COVID-19
  • Discuss the importance of digital trade

17:00 In conversation

Hear expert opinion on global trade issues including the progress being made on the UK’s new trading policy and how the rest of the world manages continuing US-China tensions .


10:00 In conversation

  • Hear about the UK’s long-term trade strategy and focus on supporting British business to succeed globally
  • Gain the latest insight into ongoing trade negotiations, and the importance of taking a ‘whole of UK’ approach
  • Discuss what the UK can do through its G7 Presidency to help the economic recovery and promote UK interests

11:00 Panel Discussion: How the UK trade agenda can support business growth

  • Learn about what’s needed to ensure trade deals work for business
  • Understand more about how the UK can utilise its multi-lateral role to champion trade
  • Hear about how the government can support UK business to solve market access issues and promote trade continuity

14:00 Panel discussion: Trade as a vehicle for prosperity and job creation across the whole of the UK

  • Gain insight on how we should be making trade work for the whole of the UK
  • Explore how to ensure regional priorities are at the heart of UK trade negotiations, and what business needs on trade from regional and devolved government
  • Hear more about the need for the UK to take an integrated approach so we achieve inclusive trade policies

15:00 Panel Discussion: UK/US trade deal

  • Gain the latest insight on what’s been agreed/still to be agreed in the US-UK trade deal
  • Discuss how business can influence the trade deal
  • Explore how UK business can break into US state markets

17:00 In conversation

  • Understand the role of Parliament in developing trade policy
  • Explore how trade policy can be made more inclusive and benefit the whole of society
  • Discuss how to ensure future trading terms support wider societal goals such as reducing carbon emissions

Confirmed speakers

  • Jeff Walters, Managing Director & Senior Partner Hong Kong, Boston Consulting Group
  • Katherine Bennett, Senior Vice President, Airbus
  • Wilson Del Socorro, Global Director of Government Affairs, Diageo
  • Sally Jones, Trade Strategy and Brexit Partner , EY LLP

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The event welcomes business leaders from all organisations, including those that are not members of the CBI.

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