European Institute for Asian Studies
The Future Face of International Trade
  • Start10:30 AM - Jun 22 2018
  • End12:00 PM - Jun 22 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

 

»The Future Face of International Trade«

 

A Keynote Address By:

Mr Arjun GOSWAMI, Chief of the Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI) Thematic Group, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), Asian Development Bank

Moderator: Mr Axel Goethals, CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies

 

Friday, 22 June,10h30 – 12h00

Followed by a Networking Reception

 

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels

As a recent Foreign Policy article reads, “the future of the global trade system faces more risk and uncertainty than at any time since it was created after World War II”. Indeed, with talk of trade wars dominating the headlines; President Trump’s announcement of the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs and consequent retaliatory actions by the EU; the EU launching a WTO case against China’s unfair technology transfers, and mutual accusations of unfree and unfair trading practices more generally – there seem to be dark clouds hanging above the multilateral free trading system. Lingering populism and nationalism in the West doesn’t seem to help either. How, then can the multilateral trading system survive, or does it need to reinvent itself? Is this a temporary backlash against free trade, or are these trends here to stay?

Arjun Goswami is the Chief of the Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI) Thematic Group, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) at the Asian Development Bank. Arjun Goswami works on ADB-wide regional cooperation and integration operational planning, knowledge products, mobilization of resources, and skills development. During his earlier stint in the Southeast Asia Regional Department, he played a leading role on regional cooperation and integration initiatives and programs in the ASEAN region, and was the first Administrator of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund. Before joining ADB almost 20 years ago, Mr. Goswami worked in the private sector.


There seem to be dark clouds hanging above the multilateral free trading system. Lingering populism and nationalism in the West doesn’t seem to help either. How, then can the multilateral trading system survive, or does it need to reinvent itself? Is this a temporary backlash against free trade, or are these trends here to stay?

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