Asia Trade Summit

10.01.2019 Lisa McAuley

Free trade was under fire before the Brexit vote and the 2016 American presidential election. Non-tariff barriers were already on the rise in the years following the global financial crisis and contributed to growth in global trade flows falling behind that of global GDP growth for only the second time in more than two decades. There were some bright spots, including the completion of large-scale bilateral and regional free trade agreements, but those were also a further sign of the WTO’s diminished capability to function as a forum for advancing multilateral trade liberalisation. The new threats to trade arising from rising populism and disruptive technologies are, in other words, accelerating existing trends and seeding new ones.

The question of what is next for global trade has thus never been more relevant. If the rules-based system is to be shirked and bypassed—and potentially made redundant—by the very countries that founded it, an international dialogue is needed to establish why it has failed, what is needed to replace or amend it and how businesses must operate in the ensuing uncertainty. To that end, The Asia Trade Summit will seek to:

• Begin building consensus on the reforms necessary to ensure that the World Trade Organisation remains a viable institution in the 21st century.
• Establish the importance of technology in helping developing economies throughout the region integrate into the global trade system.
• Encourage the private and public sector to engage in international trade in a manner that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
• Equip attendees with the knowledge and insight on the benefits of trade to strengthen arguments against the spread of economic nationalism.
• Prepare attendees for a range of scenarios with regards to global trade and trade policy.


The Asia Trade Summit will convene those responsible for the advancement of global trade in general and these five issues in particular—regional trade negotiators, business leaders, ministers and deputy ministers for trade, academics and economists. The Economist Events will enhance the dialogue by facilitating bilateral and multilateral conversations between businesses and trade officials in closed-door environments throughout the summit.

Join us and:

• Hear from senior government, trade negotiators and Asian chief executives from international businesses for a meaningful dialogue on the future of trade in this high-level regional event
• Engage in high-level discussions as we explore crucial questions
• Network with an audience of over 150 C-suites and direct reports, from top multinational and domestic trade-related companies. This is a truly global event, with an Asian focus.
• Determine the best course of action based on the insights from trade ministers and international chief executives, in one place and at one time.
• Understand the commercial consequences of regional trade deals from the people leading their negotiations

Join us at Asia Trade Summit on February 28th in Hong Kong to discuss the most important issues around trade in Asia. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2VhgLbM (use code GTPA3541 at checkout and SAVE US$720)

We look forward to your participation.


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