The theme of this year’s World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Public Forum held in Geneva between the 2 and 4 October 2018 was “Trade 2030” and covered the trends that we can see in global trade today and policy responses that we need for tomorrow. This year’s event was the biggest and best attended to date, with over 2,200 participants from governments, international organisations, academia, business associations, civil society and NGOs and 112 interactive sessions covering trade issues ranging from new technologies, social and environmental sustainability, agriculture and human rights.
amfori President, Mr Christian Ewert represented the association and called on the WTO, its member countries and all stakeholders to “take into consideration sustainable development and current business realities, especially if we are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
This is also a vital aspect which in needed to create an enabling policy environment by 2030 that will address modern challenges that arise from new technologies, such as e-commerce, automation of textile production, 3D Printing and big data flows.
During the Public Forum, amfori representatives met with high level delegates from the WTO, the European Union, international business associations, NGOs, and many other stakeholders, where we presented our strategic Vision 2030 and ambitions for future to ‘Trade with Purpose’.