Join us for a conversation with Lucian Cernat, Head of Unit for Global Regulatory Cooperation and International Procurement Negotiation, DG Trade, European Commission
The coming of age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) creates exciting opportunities. From cars to fridges, many of the goods that we buy include electronic components and embedded software which allow these products to be connected to the Internet. However, the growing connectivity also makes these goods vulnerable to hacking. This is important for international trade as many of these goods are produced across global supply chains. The connection between cybersecurity and supply chains raises fundamental questions:
- Are global supply chains making us more vulnerable to hacking? Can consumers trust that the goods that they buy are safe?
- How should policy makers address these cybersecurity concerns for products produced across multiple countries?
- Which is the role of international trade policy to reduce the cost and maximise the benefits of cybersecurity?
Lucian Cernat, Head of Unit for Global Regulatory Cooperation and International Procurement Negotiation, DG Trade, European Commission will discuss this topic based on its latest ECIPE blog.
Prior to his current post, Lucian led DG Trade Chief Economist Unit for over a decade providing analytical support and leadership across DG Trade. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions at the United Nations in Geneva dealing with trade and development issues. Lucian has authored more than 20 publications on the development impact of trade policies, WTO negotiations, EU preferential market access, regional trade agreements, competition policy, and corporate governance. He obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Oxford.