ORGANISING FOR TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Ngaire Woods, Dean
Blavatnik School of Government University of Oxford
Tuesday, 20 November 18.30 Registration/Networking, 19.00 Presentation, 20.15 Networking, 21.00 Finish
12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 6DQ
£25 Club Members, £40 Non-members and Guests
Trade is changing fast, and negotiators will have to keep apace. Global rules are changing, as are those who set them. The international rule-based system is looking precarious, and the role of the WTO, is waning. As a result countries are having to look at unilateral and bilateral means to share commerce.
At the same time, new patterns of investment, such as China’s Belt and Road initiative, are creating powerful new trade zones and trade routes. Not all countries are included. In some cases, global value chains are binding regions together, although in others politics are splitting such regions apart.
What is clear in this dynamic system, is that every country needs to negotiate trade arrangements ever more nimbly and effectively. That starts with a clear sense of a country’s own long-term strategic objectives and runs through to negotiating tactics. At this juncture, Britain offers an interesting case!
Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, having led the creation of the School at Oxford University. She has published extensively on the role of international institutions, improving the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, and on global regulation. She advises numerous governments and international organizations and is currently a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a Rhodes Trustee, co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance.
Canapés and drinks will be served. Guests are welcome.
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