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    Major shifts in global trade explored during Asia House Dubai dialogue

    Published On: 22 April 2018

    Leading figures from global trade, including government representatives, officials from the World Trade Organization and senior business leaders, assembled in Dubai today for Asia House’s major conference: The New Global Trade Order.

    The future of trade, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and the influence of tech on the business landscape were all under the spotlight during the Asia House dialogue, held in partnership with DMCC.

    From President Trump’s trade policies to the emerging influence of blockchain technologies, the conference provided a forum for lively debate on some of the most pressing issues facing global trade today.

    The event, which attracted more than 300 delegates, took a particular focus on how the changes in global trade will affect the Middle East, especially in relation to the growing influence of Asia in the world economy.

    Opening the conference, which was sponsored by HSBC, Lord Green, Chairman of Asia House, said: “There can be nothing more important to all of us in the 21st century than the rise of Asia, which is changing the balance of world power.

    “The Middle East is an increasingly important element in that rise.”

    His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade at the UAE Ministry of Economy – who earlier this week announced the Ministry’s official support for the dialogue – said: “Today, some of the world’s leading thinkers on global trade and investment are taking part in this conference, and the aim is to provide insights and analysis to help business leaders and policymakers better understand – and capitalise on – the new global trade order.”

    He added: “We are delighted that Asia House has decided to host its first Middle East conference here in Dubai.”

    Hosted by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, the conference was part of the Asia House Middle East Programme – a series of events and research activity exploring the region’s role in the global economy and its relationships with Asia and the West.

    View the New Global Trade Order 2018 highlights brochure