2020 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Virtual Summit

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 08:30


Virtual Event

The 2020 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) Virtual Summit will bring together Alliance members with world-leading experts to explore creative solutions to difficult economic, trade, and innovation challenges facing the international community. The 2020 Summit will feature a panel of mayors from leading cities around the world discussing how globalization impacts cities and regions, and sharing how community leaders are preparing their enterprises, universities, and workforces to compete in a global economy. A second panel will feature a discussion of a new GTIPA report detailing member countries’ economic and public health responses to the coronavirus crisis. A final panel will feature a discussion of another new GTIPA report being released at the summit documenting the importance of e-commerce and digital trade to member nations and highlighting the benefits of maintaining the WTO e-commerce moratorium.









Introductory Remarks: Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, ITIF and Robert Atkinson, President, ITIF


Keynote Speakers:

·       8:40 – 9:00 AM: Mr. Min-seok Kim, Chair of the Korean Health and Welfare Committee, South Korean National Assembly, Korea 

·       9:00 – 9:20 AM: Dr. Jesus Seade, Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


Moderated Panel Discussion: Local Perspectives: The Future of Trade and Globalization

Topics: How do states/regions/cities prepare workforces, companies, education institutions to compete in an intensely competitive global economy. What strategies/policies work best?

·       Moderator: Chris Caine, President, Center for Global Enterprise, U.S.

·       Mayor William Peduto,Pittsburgh, PA

·       Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority

·       Charlotte Skott, Business Development Director, Municipality of Uppsala, Sweden



Report Presentation and Panel Discussion: GTIPA COVID Country Case Studies. 

·       Moderator: Kyungjin Song, FC Global Issues Center, Korea

·       Barbara Kolm, Founding Director, Austrian Economic Center, Austria

·       Chris Hattingh, Project Manager, Free Market Foundation, South Africa

·       Giacomo Bandini, Director General, Competere, Italy

·       Munir Syed Khasru, Chairman, IPAG


11:0011:30  AM

Presentations from GTIPA Members

A space for interested GTIPA members to showcase some of their recent research.

·      11:00 – 11:10 AM:Federico Fernández, President, Fundación International Bases, Argentina

·       11:1011:20AM: Philip Thompson, Policy Analyst, Property Rights Alliance, U.S.

·       11:2011:30 AM: Stephen Olson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation, Singapore



Report Presentation and Panel Discussion: WTO E-Commerce Monographs

This panel of GTIPA members will include a digital tech startup speaking about the importance of getting global trade rules right to support digital trade and data flows.

·       Moderator: Nigel Cory, Director Trade Policy, ITIF, U.S.

·       Rodrigo Sanchez, Founder & President, La Haus, Colombia

·       Emily Benson, Manager,Bertelsmann Foundation North America, U.S.

·       Hubertus Bardt, Managing Director, Germany Economic Institute, Germany



Closing Keynote Speaker: John Kao,Institute for Large Scale Innovation; Interviewed by Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, U.S.



Center for Global Enterprise (Local Perspectives: The Future of Trade and Globalization Panel)

Uppsala (Local Perspectives: The Future of Trade and Globalization Panel)

Austrian Economics Center (GTIPA COVID-19 Country Case Studies Panel)

Free Market Foundation (GTIPA COVID-19 Country Case Studies Panel)

Competere (GTIPA COVID-19 Country Case Studies Panel)

Hinrich Foundation (2020 Sustainability Trade Index)