The GTPA Business Resilience Awards

The GTPA Business Resilience Awards

19.04.2021 Lisa McAuley

Over the past 12 months businesses have faced remarkable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary steps to curb its spread. Many were forced – through legislation or circumstance – to close their doors, some bravely soldiered on while also doing their best to help support their communities. And still others managed to not just survive, but grow through agile thinking, innovative practices, and adapting to their changing circumstances.

These businesses need to be applauded. They should have their unconventional genius acknowledged! And that’s why the GTPA is launching the “GTPA Business Resilience Awards”!

All businesses that have pulled out all the stops to grow back better through the COVID-19 crisis are invited to enter. We want to hear their stories, wherever in the world they’re located! Whether a multinational with thousands of employees, or a one-person operation trading from home, business achievement in these times is worthy of celebration.

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Should I Get Outside Support to Manage My Cybersecurity Risk?

Should I Get Outside Support to Manage My Cybersecurity Risk?

13.04.2021 CYBER READINESS INSTITUTE

This is the first guide in a five-part series on using outside firms to reduce your cybersecurity risk.

If you are like most small business owners or managers, you wear many hats. Your focus is usually on the fundamentals of managing and building your business. You know that cybersecurity is an area of growing risk because there’s been more news about it – especially more news about cyber threats and attacks. Cybersecurity is multifaceted. Yes, firewalls and spam filters help, but you also need a well-educated workforce that is aware of the basic elements of cybersecurity. The Cyber Readiness Institute focuses on human behavior and education to create a culture of security within every organization. After all, it just takes one misguided click on a phishing link to potentially bring down your business. If this sounds overwhelming, it is okay to seek out guidance. This five-part series from the Cyber Readiness Institute in consultation with its Small Business Advisory Council will help guide you through the process of determining if you need outside help and if so, how to get it.

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Services Export Action Plan

Services Export Action Plan

07.04.2021 Lisa McAuley

AUSTRALIA'S SERVICES EXPORTS ACTION PLAN

A government and industry strategy to boost services exports

Explore Australia’s five strategic outcomes to drive international competitiveness in services.

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Even Given unstuck and moving, but the cost to global trade will be significant

Even Given unstuck and moving, but the cost to global trade will be significant

01.04.2021 Lisa McAuley

Whilst it has been amusing to see the memes about the Ever Given container ship that until recently was blocking the Suez Canal, the impact on global trade and supply chains will have been significant.

Losses from the Ever Given blockage are estimated to reach more than $1 billion trade, at a time when it has been vital that we keep supply chains moving. This is yet another crisis impacting on global recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Suez blockage could be one of the biggest disruptions to global trade in recent years, not discounting that we have seen recent disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, trade wars, Brexit, and increasing risks from climate events.

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Accelerating trade digitalization to support MSME financing

Accelerating trade digitalization to support MSME financing

01.04.2021 Trade Finance Global

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the economy, representing 95 per cent of all companies worldwide and accounting for 60 per cent of employment. They are fundamental to the day-to-day provision of goods and services around the world. Yet, many struggle to grow and trade. Among the many challenges that MSMEs face, lack of access to finance, including trade finance, is frequently identified as a critical barrier to growth. The MSME financing gap is a reality that cannot be ignored and that should be tackled with determination if we wish to ensure that small players are given a chance to thrive.

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GTPA is pleased to introduce Varun Anthony

GTPA is pleased to introduce Varun Anthony

15.03.2021 Lisa McAuley

Varun Anthony is a ISO/IEC 17024 Certified International Business professional who has spent 12 of his 15 year career in International Trade and Market Development by developing the Indian market for international stakeholders looking to do business with India.

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Exclusive scholarship for women leaders to participate in the Adaptive Trade Leadership in a Globalised World executive programme

Exclusive scholarship for women leaders to participate in the Adaptive Trade Leadership in a Globalised World executive programme

08.03.2021 Lisa McAuley

To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, the GTPA and the Institute for International Trade/ University of Adelaide and the University of Sussex are pleased to announce that we are providing two scholarships for women business leaders to complete the first ever Adaptive Trade Leadership in a Globalised World programme.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

06.03.2021 Trade Finance Global

#ChooseToChallenge. A catchy tagline, but what does it actually mean? Last weekend, I got first hand evidence. In yet another Zoom social with friends, I asked a toddler on the call “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and rather confidently, she answered with: “an astronaut”.

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GTR West Africa

GTR West Africa

01.03.2021 Global Trade Review

GTR West Africa will return in 2021 virtually, providing an extended digital offering as the region’s leading event for trade discussion and networking on March 24-25.

Utilising GTR’s market leading virtual event platform, this online gathering promises a comprehensive programme of live debate, discussion and engagement, welcoming the region’s leading practitioners in trade, export and commodity finance to explore the latest developments, strategies and solutions employed to drive growth.

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State of World Trade

State of World Trade

22.02.2021 Lisa McAuley

Lisa McAuley, CEO of the GTPA is looking forward to participating in the upcoming Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on March 18th. As part of the meeting she will be joining other leading experts to discuss the State of World Trade.

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VIRTUAL BRIEFING: THE TREATMENT OF INNOVATION IN THE AUSTRALIA-UK FTA

VIRTUAL BRIEFING: THE TREATMENT OF INNOVATION IN THE AUSTRALIA-UK FTA

08.02.2021 Institute for International Trade

Date:Fri, 12 Feb 2021, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Australia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 17 June 2020. An FTA with Australia is part of delivering the UK government’s top strategic trade priority of using their voice as a new independent trading nation to champion free trade, fight protectionism and remove barriers at every opportunity.

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Asia Trade Week

Asia Trade Week

05.02.2021 The Economist Events

Covid-19 has hit trade hard. Trade was growing at roughly twice the rate of global GDP but the shock to supply and demand has massively disrupted global value chains and further exposed the vulnerabilities of the international trade system.

Throughout the week of February 22nd 2021, a global audience and world-class speakers will take stock of what happened in 2020, virtually and in-person. What is the outlook for Asian trade in the next 5-10 years - should companies rethink manufacturing bases, supply chains and customer focus? How do unforeseen events such as covid-19 affect global value chains? What will be the impact of economic, political and environmental issues?

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GTR MENA 2021 Virtual

GTR MENA 2021 Virtual

05.02.2021 Global Trade Review

GTR MENA will return in 2021 as a hybrid event, offering an extended offering as the region’s leading gathering for networking and knowledge sharing, with a virtual event on February 15-17 and a physical event on September 22.

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Cybersecurity Survey for SMEs

Cybersecurity Survey for SMEs

03.02.2021 International Chamber of Commerce

Cybersecurity Survey for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce, is conducting research on the cybersecurity preparedness and resilience of SMEs. We would appreciate hearing from you about the cyber readiness of your enterprise.

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Head of the PACER Plus Implementation Unit / Trade and Development Adviser

Head of the PACER Plus Implementation Unit / Trade and Development Adviser

27.01.2021 Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Unique opportunity to lead a newly created entity
  • Home location initially, thereafter based in Samoa
  • Fixed term for up to five years

The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus is a landmark trade and development agreement that has been signed by 11 Forum Island Countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. The Agreement covers goods, services, and investment. It aims to lower barriers to trade, provide greater certainty for businesses, raise living standards, create jobs and increase exports across the Pacific.

The Parties to PACER Plus are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to work as the Head of the Implementation Unit reporting to the PACER Plus Joint Committee. The key objectives of this senior level role are to provide critical leadership and technical expertise on trade and development for the new PACER Plus Implementation Unit.

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GTR India 2021 Virtual

GTR India 2021 Virtual

22.01.2021 Global Trade Review

GTR India will return this year as a hybrid, providing an extended offering as the country’s leading event for trade insights, networking and knowledge sharing, firstly with a virtual event taking place on March 10-11, and later with an in-person gathering in October 2021.

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Adaptive Leadership in the Globalised World

Adaptive Leadership in the Globalised World

14.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

In November 2020 we launched a unique online educational experience designed to equip mid-senior business leaders with the technical trade knowledge and advance complex and adaptive thinking capabilities required to succeed in today’s global business environment.

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Coming through the Storm Business Awards

Coming through the Storm Business Awards

14.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

Let’s celebrate the start of a new year by focusing on some positives from 2020! In these very difficult times when so many businesses have been forced – through legislation or circumstance – to close their doors, there are some who have bravely soldiered on and who are also doing their best to help support their community.

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Building resilience in global supply chains

Building resilience in global supply chains

14.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

The need for standards to facilitate trade has been repeatedly mentioned by policy reports at the domestic and international level.

GTPA is currently working on a solution to facilitate business opportunities between multinational corporations and micro, small and medium enterprises participating in global value chains. More importantly, the solution seeks to address some of the gaps that small businesses tend to have in their supply chains with regards to what we call integrity-related standards, that is, standards to mitigate security, sustainability, and ethical behaviour risks, while enhancing diversity and inclusion.

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APEC business resilience survey

APEC business resilience survey

14.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

Global trade and global value chains will continue to transform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to understand that transformation better, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and APEC the GTPA ran a survey for multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, and industry and government organizations on global value chains resilience.

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Festival of Inclusive Trade

Festival of Inclusive Trade

14.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

Inclusive trade refers to the principle that all levels of society should gain from increased trade. It promotes the inclusion of groups that may currently be marginalised or challenged in their ability to engage with international trading opportunities.

To highlight both the challenges faced and the contribution made by marginalised groups to the rich tapestry that is international trade, this year GTPA Director, Collins Rex, organised over 60 online events as part of the “Festival of Inclusive Trade”.

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The Directors of GTPA would like to congratulate Mr Simonet who was today appointed to the new role of CEO at Austrade

The Directors of GTPA would like to congratulate Mr Simonet who was today appointed to the new role of CEO at Austrade

03.12.2020 Lisa McAuley

The Directors of GTPA would like to congratulate Mr Simonet who was today appointed to the new role of CEO at Austrade. Mr Simonet is currently Group CEO and Managing Director of Kathmandu Holdings, which comprises the Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz brands, and has previously held the roles of CEO of Radley London and International Director of Seafolly Group. He also worked for 11 years for LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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MHI to Invest in Green Hydrogen & Green Ammonia in South Australia

MHI to Invest in Green Hydrogen & Green Ammonia in South Australia

03.12.2020 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group

Tokyo, November 26, 2020 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed to make a capital investment in H2U Investments, the holding entity of the H2U Group. The H2U Group includes The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), the leading Australian developer of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects using power derived from renewable energy sources. The agreement also includes MHI's support for H2U's projects and business development initiatives, including supporting the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for H2U's Eyre Peninsula GatewayTM project in South Australia.

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Trade financing: Enabling trade-based economic recovery

Trade financing: Enabling trade-based economic recovery

30.11.2020 Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, GTP-E, President, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc. (Canada), Director, GTPServices

Originally published in International Banker Magazine, November 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in reach, speed of contagion and spread—and in the depth of economic impact that will result. COVID-19 is devastating human beings, families, communities and businesses across the globe. It is doing so within the context of a persistent focus on trade wars, troubling evidence of narrow self-interest in international activities, and increasing disrespect from various circles for multilateralism and the norms of international engagement.

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Are you interested in working with us?

Are you interested in working with us?

20.11.2020 Professionals In International Trade

Just a brief reminder that we are still on the lookout for individuals to join us in forming a new Executive Board for 2020 and we are still gathering Expressions of Interest (EOI) for our coming Executive Board election for the new year. A meeting to elect PIT’s new Executive Board will take place ONLINE on Thursday 26th of November at 5.30pm (AEST).

On this occasion, we will also have our AGM for 2020 prior to the election, which will give you a clear overview of the association's achievements & initiatives but also our strategical plans for the year to come.

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How innovative trade funding can help LDCs recover from COVID-19

How innovative trade funding can help LDCs recover from COVID-19

18.11.2020 Enhanced Integrated Framework

There is a growing consensus that public finances won't be enough to help least developed countries (LDCs) recover from COVID-19.

Join investors, business and government leaders in this digital event to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted finance and investment for trade in LDCs and what strategies can help LDCs access new sources of finance and investment for trade.

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The Heads of Delegations representing the Members of the WTO as part of the Informal Working Group on MSMEs, released a draft declaration on Micro, Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises (MSMEs)

The Heads of Delegations representing the Members of the WTO as part of the Informal Working Group on MSMEs, released a draft declaration on Micro, Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises (MSMEs)

12.11.2020 World Trade Organization

The Informal Working Groups on MSMEs have acknowledged that promoting the participation of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in international trade is an important issue in the WTO agenda, all the more considering the significant negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had including on MSMEs, as well as the contribution that the WTO can make to support the global recovery; Reaffirming the pledge, as contained in the Joint Ministerial Statement at Buenos Aires, to address obstacles related to foreign trade operations that represent a significant burden for MSMEs interested in participating in international trade.

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[WEBCAST] Leading the Way in Digital Trade | Part B

[WEBCAST] Leading the Way in Digital Trade | Part B

10.11.2020 Asia Society Australia

Lessons for global trade from the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement, a two-part series

COVID-19 has precipitated huge increases in our participation in digital trade. It has also seen a rise in protectionism, a push for great economic sovereignty and a further fracturing of our online world along US-China fault lines. With all this in mind, how can we create robust global and bilateral frameworks for governing digital trade?

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[WEBCAST] Leading the Way in Digital Trade | Part A

[WEBCAST] Leading the Way in Digital Trade | Part A

10.11.2020 Asia Society Australia

Lessons for global trade from the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement, a two-part series

COVID-19 has precipitated huge increases in our participation in digital trade. It has also seen a rise in protectionism, a push for great economic sovereignty and a further fracturing of our online world along US-China fault lines. With all this in mind, how can we create robust global and bilateral framework for governing digital trade?

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Looking Ahead: Global Trade and Finance 3.0 – Towards a (Digital) Rules-Based System

Looking Ahead: Global Trade and Finance 3.0 – Towards a (Digital) Rules-Based System

30.10.2020 Ed Macgregor

Trade is crucial to the recovery from COVID-19, but in a more complicated political, economic and security environment. It is critical to “build back better”, and to build a standardised, digitised and connected ecosystem that covers both trade and trade finance, that allows for the streamlined introduction of new participants (including new suppliers of capital in trade finance) and which reduces the time, risk and cost of trade. While there are a number of current initiatives to digitise trade, or trade finance, there is the need for an integrated solution that brings the best of business, knowledge and government together, and which further leverages the developments in technology, trade and new sources of capital and funding.

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From local to global with WorldFirst

From local to global with WorldFirst

26.10.2020 WorldFirst

International payments experts WorldFirst have sat down with local businesses who are conquering global markets. Learn how Budgy Smuggler and Caden Carbon Wheels have expanded their businesses partnering with WorldFirst.

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EIF Launches #PowerUpTrade Social Media Campaign!

EIF Launches #PowerUpTrade Social Media Campaign!

16.10.2020 Enhanced Integrated Framework

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities and strengths of the least developed country (LDC) businesses in supply chains. In the face of coronavirus, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is leading a social media campaign to share a message for building the resilience of LDCs in global value chains and to power up trade.

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ONLINE FESTIVAL OF INCLUSIVE TRADE LAUNCHED

ONLINE FESTIVAL OF INCLUSIVE TRADE LAUNCHED

12.10.2020 Collins Rex

The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural Festival of Inclusive Trade! What started out as the drafting of a white paper focussed on the issues faced by marginalised groups when engaging in international trade, has evolved into an online celebration of all things inclusive trade. Featuring over 80 world-class business and art events, the Festival runs for two weeks from 19 October.

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COVID-19: Support measures

COVID-19: Support measures

08.10.2020 World Trade Organization

The table of COVID-19 support measures shown below has been compiled by the WTO Secretariat. It is an informal situation report and an attempt to provide transparency with respect to support measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. It does not pass judgment on or question the right of WTO members to take such actions. The measures in the table are not categorized and no assessment of their potential relation to trade is made.

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GTPA and ICC Academy collaborate on global trade training programmes

GTPA and ICC Academy collaborate on global trade training programmes

28.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Change in business and government is no longer an identifiable event, but rather a constantly and rapidly evolving state.

The future is uncertain, and problems often transcend the boundaries of single organisations and nations.

Businesses operate in an increasingly complex and unpredictable environment in which change occurs at an unprecedented speed and magnitude. It is important that business leaders have access to the right technical trade knowledge and competencies to enable them to take their place in this ever-evolving environment.

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ICC Academy global trade certificate programmes are now ISO/IEC 17024 certified!

ICC Academy global trade certificate programmes are now ISO/IEC 17024 certified!

28.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Singapore. 22 September: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy is delighted to announce its collaboration with Global Trade Programme Alliance (GTPA), to offer businesses and trade professionals with ISO/IEC 17024 certified training programmes. As per the alliance, anyone who takes the ICC Academy’s trade finance, international business and regulation & compliance certificate programmes, will attain the relevant competency standards for ISO/IEC 17024 certification, under GTPA’s Global Trade Professional (GTP) programme.

Speaking on the collaboration, ICC Academy General Manager Daniel Kok said, “In an ever-evolving global trade environment, business leaders and trade professionals need to have better access to cutting-edge training, so as they develop competencies to cope with the ‘new normal’. As the educational arm of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), we have been offering a wide range of specialized online training and blended learning to trade professionals worldwide.

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Collaborating on supporting SMEs

Collaborating on supporting SMEs

24.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Improving women’s and SMEs access to global markets will be critical to economic recovery and growth in the post-COVID-19 period and beyond.

This survey will help to build resilience through a better understanding of the current needs of business, ensuring that government pandemic support initiatives are appropriate and sufficient to meet these needs. The survey will further help to ensure alignment of future government policies and programs with business needs.

The survey will contribute to a larger goal of the GTPA, which is working with a global coalition of partners established by Bloomberg New Economy, to identify actionable solutions for “Building Business Resilience in Global Value Chains 2020-21”, covering MNCs and SMEs participating in GVCs.

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Festival of Inclusive Trade

Festival of Inclusive Trade

24.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Inclusive trade refers to the principle that all levels of society should gain from increased trade. It promotes the inclusion of groups that may currently be marginalised or challenged in their ability to engage with international trading opportunities.

The GTPA is planning to develop an Inclusive Trade White Paper that will produce practical recommendations on how capacity building and standard setting can facilitate a more inclusive international trading ecosystem. The paper will focus on four groups – gender, youth, diaspora and indigenous communities – and the importance of standards and capacity building to support their engagement in international trading opportunities. It will produce recommendations to benefit organisations, institutions and individual professionals engaged in international trade.

To facilitate the development of this white paper, the GTPA is seeking to engage with as many representatives of the highlighted groups as possible.

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Business Health Check webinar “eCommerce Risk Management”

Business Health Check webinar “eCommerce Risk Management”

23.09.2020 Collins Rex

You can download the latest eCommerce session video recording here. In this session you can join Ms Collins Rex who discussed:

  • Knowing the law 
  • Getting your price right 
  • Getting paid 
  • Your returns policy 
  • Understanding the tax implications 
  • Cybersecurity and data protection 
  • Protecting your IP
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More inclusive trade will be a vital component of a post-COVID economy and we want to hear from you

More inclusive trade will be a vital component of a post-COVID economy and we want to hear from you

18.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

The international trading system pre-Covid-19 pandemic did not provide full opportunities for all strata of society to benefit from international trade.

Beyond its human tragedy, the economic impacts of the pandemic, with national lockdowns shutting key elements of economic activity and global supply chains, have led to the most drastic slowdown in economic activity since the Great Depression.

Crises of this magnitude offer an opportunity for reflection as reconstruction and recovery begins.

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