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  • Adapting to post-crisis world trade patterns, and lessons for export development

    9-21 September 2010 -Chongqing, china

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    Opening day – 9 September


    12:00 – 16:00

    Registration - Fidel room
      Opening celebrations - Hosted by Mr. Bo Xilai, Party Chief of Chongqing, and Mr. Huang Qi Fan, Mayor of Chongqing Municipal Government

    16:00 – 17:30

    Welcome Remarks - Crystal ballroom
      Introduced by Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland
    Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM)
    Mr. Wang Jinzhen, Vice-Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
    Mr. Huang Qi Fan, Mayor, Chongqing Municipal Government, China
    Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
    Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Switzerland
    Mr. Balasubramanian Muthuraman, Vice-Chairman, Tata Steel, India

    17:30 - 17:45

    Group photo - Bollinger room


    Opening Reception and Dinner - Bollinger foyer and Crystal ballroom

    Day 1 – 10 September: Responding to the crisis


    8:30 – 8:45

    Opening Remarks - Crystal ballroom
      ‘Export impact for good’
    Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland
    There is a growing recognition of the private sector role, which in partnering with public sector institutions, can promote social and economic benefits for countries through increased trade and export development. ITC presents its development agenda based on ‘Export Impact for Good’, introducing the shared objectives and outcomes for WEDF 2010.

    8:45 – 10:00

    Keynote Speech - Crystal ballroom
    The trade arena under globalization
      Professor Pankaj Ghemawat, Global Strategist, Author of Redefining Global Strategy (Harvard Press), Spain

    10:00 - 10:15

    Coffee break

    10:15 – 12:00

    Opening Plenary - Crystal ballroom

    The state of world trade

    As the global economy rebalances, the new drivers of economic growth are expected to come from increasing consumption in emerging markets. BRICS and other emerging markets are expected to deliver growth numbers that simply overshadow mature Western economies, while Asian economies have already rebounded after the global crisis. The plenary session will discuss the implications for capital flows, market opportunities and patterns of competition, implications within the context of G20 countries, and relative importance of dynamic economic players, such as Indonesia and others


    Dr. Mari E. Pangestu, Minister of Trade, Indonesia
      Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industry, South Africa
    Dr. Harry G. Broadman, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group and Chief Economist, Albright Capital Management, USA
    Mr. Wei Jianguo, Secretary-General, China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE)
    H.E. Mr. Ujal Bhatia, former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the WTO, Switzerland)


    Mr. Phil Smith, North Asia Editor, Thomson Reuters

    12:00 – 13:30

    Networking Lunch - Spices and Bamboo restaurants

    13:30 – 15:00

    Plenary Session - Crystal ballroom
      Increased Competitiveness Through Innovative Financial Mechanisms
       The crisis has radically changed market opportunities and the business environment. This session will examine innovative solutions from enterprises to respond to volatility in the market. Amongst these, the experiences of SMEs in the global value chain, access to financing instruments which serve the needs of SMEs whilst facilitating increased economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities, and the critical success factors for funding which meets the new realities and the market structures to optimize returns to SMEs along the value chain.


    Financing The Supply Chain
      Mr. André Soumah, Chairman, Audit Control and Expertise Global Ltd., Switzerland
    Mr. Zhann Meyer, Regional Head for Commodity Traders and Agriculture for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, South Afric
    Case study: Manufactured Goods
    Mr. Srinivasan Sampath Kumar, Managing Director, Titan Leathers Pvt. Ltd., India
    Case study: logistics and services
    Mr. Gary Ho, Managing Director, SQW China Ltd.


    Mr. Bernhard Metzger, Vice President, Swiss Shippers' Council (SSC)/MIGROS Logistics & Transport, Switzerland
      Mr. Stephen Bell, Regional Vice President, Seaboard Marine Limited, USA


    Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

    15:00 - 15:15

    Coffee break

    15:15 – 17:00

    Plenary Session - Crystal ballroom
      Developing Successful Trade Support Services
    There is an urgent need for trade support institutions to adjust to the new economic realities in order that they provide strategic direction for investment opportunities, and potential areas for export development, within the new realities of a multipolar world especially are, with increasing demand from emerging markets, beyond the traditional markets in the US and Europe. Experts from trade support institutions and financing entities will discuss challenges and propose future service modalities, which will enable companies to sustain competitive advantage and market niche.


    Mr. Wang Jinzhen, Vice-Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
      Ms. Florence Kata, CEO, Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB)
    Mr. Li Jian Chun, Director, Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC), China
    Mr. Brian Mitchell, Executive Director, Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO)
    Mr. Larbi Bourabaa, Acting Secretary-General, Maroc Export


    Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Head of Dalberg Asia Practice, India


    Ms. Lisa Bell, Managing Director, EXIM Bank Jamaica

    17:00 – 18:00

    Master Class - Crystal ballroom
      Financing Mechanism Through Structured Trade Finance Techniques
    The ACE and Standard Chartered Bank training targets middle and senior management who will influence the policy and operations of their organisations. The workshop will have a general approach and look at one or two commodities; covering issues and techniques which broadly affect structured trade and commodity finance, and are relevant to real experiences encountered globally. The proposed training will highlight different ways to offer financing, while reducing risk to manageable levels - including Risk Assessment, Common Banking Facilities, Securitization and Documentation.


    Depart for dinner

    Day 2 – 11 September: An agenda for export development


    8:30 – 10:00

    Plenary Session - Crystal ballroom
      New Realities Within The Global Supply Chain
    New structures and mechanisms, which are being shaped under multilateral organisations, governments and trade support institutions, and which are aimed at meeting the demands of the new multi-polar economic world, bring with them the need for businesses to adapt. This session will explore how businesses adapt to the changes, access new markets and the new realities faced in a fluid economic environment. It will present successful business strategies, the relationship of strong policy frameworks to enable growth and the importance of collaboration and partnership to optimize efficiencies within the supply chain


    Mrs. Sungjoo Kim, Chairperson and CEO, Sungjoo Group and MCM, China
      Professor Huang Youfang, Vice President, Shanghai Maritime University, China
    Ms. Himanshu Bhatia, CEO, Rose International, USA
    Mr. Andrés Valencia, Director, Tokyo Office, National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia
    Ms. Ying McGuire, Senior Manager of World Wide Procurement, Dell, USA


    Ms. Monique Ward, Regional Procurement Director for China/Asia, Accenture, Australia


    Ms. Wei Wei, Executive Editor for Forex Overview, Xinhua News Agency, Financial TV Channel, China

    10:00 - 10:15

    Coffee break

    10:15 – 12:00

    Interactive Plenary Session - Crystal ballroom
      Optimizing Business Success Through strategic Partnerships
    Small and medium sized enterprises are a growing force in international trade. In order to succeed as exporters in today’s fast-changing environment they must be adaptable and be able to make use of the support services on offer in both their country and target markets. The most efficient ways of increasing their reach is by entering into partnerships with other SMEs or large companies in the home country, cooperating with other companies across the region, and working in cooperation with government organisations. In this session the importance of strategic partnerships will be discussed with a focus on SMEs in large value chains, regional markets and public private partnerships.


    Regional Integration
    Mr. Peter Kiguta, Director-General of Customs and Trade, East African Community
    Mr. Soy Martua Pardede, Chairman, ASEAN Competition Institute, Indonesia
    Public Private Partnerships
    Ms. Elena Carretero Gómez, Director-General, Consorcios del Vino Vinnova, Chile
    Ms. Sandra Abreu Ortiz, General Director, Avia Export, Colombia
    Ar. Boon Che Wee, President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects & Council Member of the National Professional Services Export Council (NAPSEC), Malaysia


    Mr. Stuart Symington, CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum, South Africa

    12:00 – 13:30

    Networking Lunch - Spices and Bamboo restaurants

    13:30 – 15:00

    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
      Trade Cross-Cutting Opportunities
    Markets are increasingly consumer-driven, and suppliers are needing to respond to specific demographics and demands more urgently. The success of fair trade products and the introduction of voluntary industry standards are proof of the impact that consumer awareness is making on global trade. Both demand and supply side are also being changed by the growing awareness that more women are running businesses, are decision makers in purchases and are a growing workforce.
      Session 1 -Innovative business models for sustainable development


    Mr. Rob Cameron, CEO, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), Germany
      Ms. Paula Rogers, Industry Liaison, Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia Limited
    Mr. Nigel Garbutt, Chairman, GlobalG.A.P., Germany


    Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Head of Dalberg Asia Practice
      Session 2 - Empowering Women, Powering Trade - Bollinger room


    Ms. Marlene Malahoo Forte Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Jamaica
      Mr. Madhav Lal, Development Commissioner, Ministry of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, India
    Prof. Li Shirong, Deputy Director-General, Chongqing Foreign Trade & Economic Relations Commission, China
    Mrs. Archana Bhatnagar, Managing Director, Haylide Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. and President, Mahakaushal Association of Women Entrepreneurs (MAWE), India
    Mrs. Monique Ward, Regional Procurement Director, China/Asia, Accenture, Australia


    Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International, USA

    15:00 - 15:15

    Coffee break

    15:15 - 15:30

    Report to plenary: Trade Cross-cutting Opportunities - Crystal ballroom

    15:30 – 17:00

    Closing Plenary - Crystal ballroom
      Long-term Potential For Sustainable Export-led Growth
    What are the implications for global or localized poverty reduction, given the likely scenarios of global economic growth? An assessment of sectors and countries which are best poised to benefit from trade growth and new trends which have impacted job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities for strong, shared economic growth.


    Mr. Long Yongtu, Secretary-General, Center for the Study of G20, China
      Md. Ghulam Hussain, Secretary of Commerce, Bangladesh
    Mr. Yang, Huawei, Technologies, China
    Mr. Gregory May, Acting Consul General, US Consular Office, Chengdu, China
    Mr. John McCarthy, CEO, Leisure Partners, Mexico


    Mr. Akrum Bastawi, Head of International Cooperation, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Egypt

    17:00 – 18:30

    Thinking ahead and planning for tomorrow
      The WEDF discussions are concluded by a look into the future of world trade, and the elements that will shape it, providing insights into best strategies to take advantage of the latest trends and new market opportunities. This plenary will address the role of information and communication technology, approaches to stimulate growth-oriented entrepreneurs that address large potential markets, and repositioning to take advantage of new development opportunities in the global market.


    Dr. Mari E. Pangestu, Minister of Trade, Indonesia
      Mr. Sirisamphanh Vorachith, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Laos
    Ms. Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Jamaica
    Mr. Eric Zhang, Vice President, ZTE Corporation, China
    Dr. Alexander Barkawi, former Managing Director, SAM Indexes and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Switzerland


    Professor Pankaj Ghemawat, Global Strategist, Author of Redefining Global Strategy (Harvard Press), Spain

    18:30 – 18:45

    Closing Statement - Crystal ballroom
      Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland


    Depart for Dinner and ship cruise

    Day 3 – 11 September: A company perspective


    8:30 – 12:00

    Site Visits to Successful Businesses
      Face-to-face meetings with Chinese company executives to get a first-hand insight into companies which have developed their businesses and increased exports during the recession. Group excursions to the companies will demonstrate different business models of local and foreign partnerships, including international value supply chains, franchising, outsourcing and successful trade facilitation infrastructure for inland bonded ports.

    12:00 – 12:30

    Report to plenary: Company Visits - Crystal ballroom

    12:30 - 12:35

    Farewell - Crystal ballroom
      Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland

    12:35 - 14:00

    Networking Lunch - Spices restaurant

    14:00 - 16:00

    ITC presentation of Market Analysis Tools - Crystal ballroom

    15:00 - 15:15

    Coffee break
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