High Level Forum

Rethinking Trade Facilitation

How can governments and companies work together to make customs processes in international trade more transparent and efficient

High-ranking guests from politics and business discussed these and other questions at the High-Level Forum “Rethinking Trade Facilitation” of the Alliance for Trade Facilitation. On the afternoon of September 9, 2019, almost 100 representatives from politics and business attended the event at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. Together with speakers, including Norbert Barthle (Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and Dr. Thomas Ogilvie (Member of Management Board Deutsche Post DHL), the guests from German companies, trade associations and alliance partner countries talked about the challenges of cross-border trade and new cooperation formats.

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High Level Forum

RETHINKING TRADE FACILITATION

A NEW APPROACH TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE COOPERATION

September 09, 2019, 04:00 – 06.30 pm, Museum for Communication, Berlin

International trade is a driver of prosperity and sustainable development. Removing trade barriers is therefore in the common interest of business and governments. In order to make international trade in goods more transparent and simpler, the member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded an agreement on trade facilitation in 2013.
The Alliance for Trade Facilitation is committed to implementing the agreement together with governments and business. The Alliance develops its projects on the initiative of and in direct consultation with companies and business associations and moderates an international public-private dialogue across borders. The Alliance contributes to the implementation of the global agreement in local projects.
How can governments and companies work together to make customs processes in international trade more transparent and efficient?
Together with high-ranking guests from government and business, we would like to discuss these and other questions at the High-Level Forum “Rethinking Trade Facilitation” of the Alliance for Trade Facilitation on September 9, 2019.

Framework

Monday, September 9, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, then network event with open end at the Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin

Speakers

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (requested)
Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (requested)
Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (Federation of German Industries) (confirmed)
Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Management Board Deutsche Post DHL Group (confirmed)
Dr. Karl Brauner, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization (requested)
Other high-ranking speakers from companies, associations, federal ministries, partner countries and embassies (TBA)

Moderator: Natasha Walker

Guests

approx. 100 guests from companies, associations, the Federal Government and partner governments

Format

Davos-Style: Introductory keynotes, then interactive, moderated dialogue between panelists and audience. Afterwards: Network event with information booths on the Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Preliminary Agenda

Time Content Speakers
16:00

 

Welcome and Keynote Speech

Topic: The Importance of Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (requested)
16:20 Keynotes

Topic: The WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation and removing Customs Procedures Barriers from the Private Sector Perspective

Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (Federation of German Industries) (confirmed)

Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Management Board Deutsche Post DHL Group (confirmed)

17:00 Panel discussion “Davos-Style”

Interactive, moderated dialogue between panellists and audience

Topic: RETHINKING TRADE FACILITATION – A new approach to public-private cooperation

One panelist each from:

  • a partner country of the Alliance for Trade Facilitation (TBA)
  • a Company (TBA)
  • an Association (TBA)
  • the German Federal Government (TBA)
  • Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (requested)
  • Dr. Karl Brauner, Deputy Director General of the WTO (requested)
18:30 Networking event

Exchange and information booths on the Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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