Shaping the Future of Trade: Outlook on Asia

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Pirklių klubas (Merchants’ Club)

Gedimino Av. 35

Vilnius

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The international trade conference will discuss different aspects of the EU trade relations with partners in Asia.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania is inviting you to an international trade policy conference “Shaping the Future of Trade: Outlook on Asia”.

The conference will discuss EU-Asia trade relations in the context of global trade challenges, the development of EU free trade agreements and new export markets in Asia as well as an impact of e-commerce, blockchain and other technologies on the future of trade.

The opening remarks for the conference will be delivered by Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. Mr. Xiaozhun Yi, the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization will be the keynote speaker of the event, joined by Lithuanian and Asian leaders of business and public society.

PROGRAMME

08:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 Welcome remarks by Mr. Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderator: Mr. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy

Panel No. 1: Multilateral trading system and WTO – a centrepiece of EU-Asia partnership

09:10 Keynote speech by Mr. Xiaozhun Yi, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization

09:30 Panel discussion:

Mr. Xiaozhun Yi, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization;

• Mr. Albinas Zananavičius, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania;

Mr. Peter Berz, European Commission, Directorate General For Trade, Acting Director for Asia and Latin America;

• Mr. Vidmantas Janulevičius, Vice-President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.

10:20 Questions and answers session

Panel No. 2: EU trade relations with partners in Asia: successes of Free Trade Agreements and prospects for the future

10:50 Keynote speech by Mr. Peter Berz, European Commission, Directorate General For Trade, Acting Director for Asia and Latin America

11:10 Panel discussion:

H.E. Mr. Shiro Yamasaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Lithuania;

• Mr. Peter Berz, European Commission, Directorate General For Trade, Acting Director for Asia and Latin America;

• Mr. Tae-Won Lee, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Mission of the Republic of Korea to the European Union;

• Mr. Jianping Zhang, Director of Research Center for Regional Economic Cooperation of China's Ministry of Commerce;

• Mr. Laurynas Miškinis, “AUGA Group”, Head of Organic Products’ R&D and Commerce;

• Mrs. Vytautė Balanaškaitė-Šatė, UAB “Aconitum”, Deputy director for marketing and business development.

12:00 Questions and answers session

12:20 Coffee break

Panel No. 3: Trade is going digital: opportunities and challenges

12:40 Keynote speech by Mr. Janos Ferencz, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Trade Policy Analyst at Trade in Services Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate

13:00 Panel discussion:

Mr. Janos Ferencz, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Trade Policy Analyst at Trade in Services Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate;

• Mr. Mindaugas Liutvinskas, Bank of Lithuania, Head of Economic Policy Analysis Division;

• Mr. Jan Hyttel, Member of the Board Hoptrans Logistics;

• Mr. Vytautas Vorobjovas, E-commerce Consultancy;

• Mr. Bo Ji, Chief Representative for Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Europe.

13:50 Questions and answers session

14:10 Networking lunch

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Pirklių klubas (Merchants’ Club)

Gedimino Av. 35

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