Harnessing the Commonwealth Advantage in International Trade

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Harnessing the Commonwealth Advantage in International Trade


Commonwealth members already enjoy a trade advantage without any formal collaboration. We tend to trade on average around 20% more compared to other partners and benefit from lower trade costs arising from our commonalities. These results suggest potential for enhanced cooperation to further stimulate the Commonwealth trade advantage in contemporary trade, finance and investment flows. Getting our trade, finance and investment governance structures fit for purpose within the context of 21st century trade – in anticipation of the next production revolution – is a prerequisite to regenerative development. This one-day event organised in collaboration with Pinsent Masons and the London Wealth Forum will explore how the Commonwealth advantage in international trade can be more effectively harnessed to this effect.  

Spaces are limited. For information and registration please contact Richard Moir.

Tel 07803048451.  RSVP by 11 July.  rm@richardmoir.com 

Total cost will be £55 per person.

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July 13 2017


Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cost: £55
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30 Crown Place, Earl Street
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  • 9.30-10:00am - Opening Remarks
  • · The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
  • · Jason Collins, Head of Tax, Litigation & Regulatory, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Moderator: Richard Moir, CEO London Wealth Forum
  • 10:00-11:15am - Session 1. The Commonwealth in the Changing Global Trading Landscape: This panel will explore the profound shifts arising in the global trading landscape and the Commonwealth trade advantage within this context.
  • Panel:
  • · Chris Giles, Financial Times
  • · Sir Mark John Boleat, City of London
  • · Lorand Bartels, Cambridge University
  • Moderator: Jodie Keane, Commonwealth Secretariat, London
  • 11:15–11:30am - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:30–1.00pm - Session 2. Enhancing Connectivity across the Commonwealth: New forms of trading relationships are arising as a result of profound technological advances. In view of these transformations, this panel will explore 21st century trade support measures.
  • Panel:
  • · Dirk Willem te Velde, Overseas Development Institute, London
  • · Jane Drake-Brockman, Senior Services Advisor, International Trade Centre
  • · Michael Sippitt, Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform
  • Moderator: Stèphanie Noël, International Trade Lawyer and Consultant to Pinsent Masons
  • 1:00–2:00pm - LUNCH
  • 2:00-3:30pm - Session 3. Accessing Finance and Alternative Investment Vehicles: Upgrading productive structures requires access to finance. In turn, this requires institutional support and governance capabilities. This panel session will explore experiences across the Commonwealth and situate this discussion within the context of regenerative development.
  • Panel:
  • · Professor Machiko Nissanke, Emeritus Professor, SOAS
  • · Seth Terkper former Ghanian Minister of Finance
  • · Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Public Sector and Development Organisations for Standard Chartered.
  • Moderator: Howard Haughton, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • 3:30-3:45pm - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 3:45- 5:00pm - Session 4. The Tax and Trade Nexus – Developments in Tax Treaty ArrangementsThe taxation of cross-border flows has a significant influence on investment and cross border trade. In the context of significant and ongoing broader reform related to international taxation this session focusses on developments related to bilateral tax treaty arrangements.
  • Panel:
  • · Jeremy Webster, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
  • · Dr Martin Hearson, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
  • · Richard Hay, Partner, Stikeman Elliott
  • · Duncan Onduru, Executive Director, Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators
  • Moderator: Lucas Rutherford, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • 5:00-5:30pm - Workshop Close
  • Master of Ceremony: Richard Moir, CEO London Wealth Forum
  • 5:30-7:00pm - Reception Hosted by Pinsent Masons