If finance was the first casualty of the global crisis, trade was certainly the second. Global trade has contracted sharply in the past year and has not started to recover yet. Many governments have also imposed protectionist measures during the crisis. While a 1930 style scenario of tit-for-tat tariff protectionism has not been triggered, the scale and profile of many trade-restrictive measures might damage trade to such a degree that a return to pre-crisis levels of trade might take many years.
As world economies are on the path to recovery, what needs to be done to restore the global economy – to make trade and global competition vehicles for growth? What are the challenges confronting the global economy in a post-crisis environment? And what needs to be done, beyond exit strategies, to kick-start the agenda for liberalization of global commerce?
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Presentations From the Conference
10:00 Emerging Protectionism and a Deglobalizing World
Chair: Fredrik Erixon
Razeen Sally, Director, ECIPE
Patrick Messerlin, Professor, Sciences Po
Vivian Davies, COO, CEPR/Global Trade Alert
11:45 Will the Single Market Survive the Crisis?
Keynote address: Hans Stråberg, Chief Executive Officer, Electrolux
Fredrik Erixon, Director, ECIPE
Simon Tilford, Chief Economist, CER
Representative, European Commission, DG Comp
14:30 A New Deal for Global Trade
Keynote address: Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade, Sweden
Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist, European Commission (tbc)
Guy de Jonquières, Senior Fellow, ECIPE
Roderick Abbott, Senior Adviser, ECIPE
16:30 End note