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Technology and the Opening of Trade

Technology and the Opening of Trade

October 21 at 10:30 am PDT/1:30 pm EDT


Around the world, technological advances have created new export opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses that don't have a history of exporting. Business-to-business transactions have started to outgrow or bypass traditional supply chains, e-commerce has directly connected producers and consumers, and financial technology has expanded access to capital. These trends have the potential to benefit a wider range of small business owners than before, but many potential exporters still face significant challenges.

This discussion will look ahead to the future of global trade as technology solutions proliferate. Panelists will outline the policy reforms needed to help ensure that gains from trade are available to small businesses. Finally, they'll identify the technologies that offer the greatest promise for supporting export growth.



Fred Hochberg
Former Chairman and President, Exim Bank

Marion Jansen
Director, Trade and Agriculture, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Mary Ng
Canadian Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Kenneth Smith Ramos
Partner, AGON; former Mexican Chief Negotiator for United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement



Eugene Cornelius, Jr.
Senior Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute