The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. This year's Forum will look at how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery. The Forum will examine, in particular, how trade rules can be strengthened, and government policies improved to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive trading system.

The Forum has three subthemes:

  • Leveraging technology for an inclusive recovery
  • Delivering a trade agenda for a sustainable future
  • Framing the future of trade

For further details, you can check out the WTO website.

techUK Panel: “Shaping the Future of Digital Trade Policy for Inclusive Growth”

Speakers include:

  • Sabina Maria Ciofu, Associate Director – International, techUK (Moderator)
  • Jaime COGHI ARIAS, Deputy Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO
  • Amar Breckenridge, Senior Associate, Frontier Economics
  • Pallavi Bajaj, Founder, TCube Consulting
  • Eunice Huang, Head of APAC Trade Policy, Google

In the span of a few years, digital technologies have transformed the way we trade. With cross-border data flows, the use of digital technologies for payments or the delivery of services through the platform economy, trade has been profoundly transformed. At the same time, digital trade barriers continue to exist and in some areas are growing. Several countries have sought to address those in bilateral or regional digital economy agreements that cover regulatory cooperation in areas like online safety, competition, and data privacy. The widening gap between the frontrunners in digital trade policy and the rest of the world risks derailing the promise of technology to deliver inclusive growth for all. This session will explore the links between trade and development policy with a focus on technology and what are the policy initiatives that need to be put in place to make sure no one is left behind. 

Please send note of interest/questions to Sabina's contact details below. 

Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International, techUK