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    The New Global Trade Order: An Asia House conference in Dubai

    Asia House will be assembling some of the world’s leading thinkers on global trade and investment for a major conference in Dubai on 22 April.

    Held in partnership with DMCC, The New Global Trade Order will provide insights and analysis to help business leaders and policy makers better understand – and capitalise on – the emerging global trade order.

    The conference will bring together more than 200 stakeholders from policy, industry, media and academia.








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    8.30: Registration and morning coffee and tea

    9.00: Welcome address and opening speeches

    • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House
    • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman of Asia House
    • Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC

    9.30: Keynote speeches

    • His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy of the UAE
    • Yonov Agah, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization on ‘Embracing Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements into the Multilateral Trading System’

    10.00: Session 1 – ‘The Future of Trade’

    Taking a broad view of the key trends emerging in the global economy, this discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities these present to businesses operating between Europe and the Middle East and the rest of Asia. This panel will offer predictive analysis on both the shifting politics as well as market developments across the global economy. Of particular interest will be the emergence of new trade hubs to service the shifting trade order, and the geographies likely to benefit.

    • Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
    • Doug Lippoldt, Chief Trade Economist, HSBC Global Research
    • Anthony Gardner, Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
    • His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House (moderator)

    10.45: Refreshment break

    11.15: Session 2 – ‘Belt & Road Initiative’

    With a specific focus on China’s new approach to infrastructure development beyond their borders through the Belt and Road Initiative, this panel will take stock of the initiative’s progress to date and analyse the associated commercial opportunities and economic impact of the initiative to the Middle East, and Asia more widely.

    • Anne Ruth Herkes, Former State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
    • Ravi Suri, Global Head of Infrastructure Finance, KPMG
    • Neil Cuthbert, Partner, Dentons & Co
    • Adeeb Wang, Gulf Regional Manager, China Energy Engineering Corporation
    • Kapil Chadda, Vice Chairman of Global Banking MENAT, HSBC (moderator)

    12.15: Session 3 – ‘The Digitalisation of Global Trade’

    This discussion will highlight the impact of new technologies and infrastructure development as they enable new forms of connectivity between economies, especially among emerging markets, regional blocs and trade hubs across Asia. Analysis from a range of experts, business leaders and policymakers will identify associated policy challenges and commercial opportunities.

    • Abhijit Prasad, Managing Director, Global Head of Product Management, GTRF, HSBC
    • Kaiser Naseem, Head of Banking & Digital Finance Advisory Services MENA, IFC
    • Anthony Butler, Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s blockchain practice in the Middle East and Africa
    • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House (moderator)

    13.00: Closing remarks 

    • Gautam Sashittal, Chief Executive Officer, DMCC
    • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

    Networking lunch to follow



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