Trade 2030: The Future of World Trade

A group of eminent panelists will bring their experience on how digital technologies are changing international trade and how international trade cooperation can help governments reap the benefits and address the challenges of digital trade.


  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • Abdoullah Cisse, Professeur-Avocat, Carapaces Stratégies & Conformités
  • Caroline Freund, Director, Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Climate, World Bank
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

Author: Sheng Lu

Professor @ University of Delaware

One thought on “Trade 2030: The Future of World Trade”

  1. This video gave me some really good insight into the world of international trade and how it is changing, and what the outcomes from this change could be. I learned a good amount, not only about things I didn’t know before, but it also deepened my understanding of things I already knew about. For one, I’m familiar with 3D printing, but the way they went about explaining the impact of 3D printing really intrigued me. They said that with 3D printing, an item could go from being labeled a “3D printed product” to a “3D traded product.” I thought this was really eye-opening, in that it emphasizes the impact of allowing consumers to essentially produce their own products. With 3D printing, you are eliminating the middle man manufacturer, and basically giving the code to produce a product to the consumer to “make” themselves. So, this changes how trading is perceived. Additionally, I also learned about the Internet of Things and blockchain. The Internet of Things enables significant efficiencies for traders and helps companies to track products along the supply chain, which helps them to optimize route planning. I think this is really great because it allows companies to adapt their route planning to be as efficient as possible. Blockchain is a tool that creates trust and essentially helps smaller companies build relationships with larger companies. I think blockchain is really beneficial for these smaller companies that aren’t very known to the world. It gives larger companies piece of mind that these smaller companies they are dealing with are not illegitimate, as well as help smaller companies to expand their contacts and learn from larger companies.

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