Two days of lectures, speeches and discussions await participants at Geneva, WTO Headquarters, on 2 and 3 December 2019.
Event is organized by The World Trade Organization
(WTO), which is aimed to deal with the global rules of trade between nations.
Modern trade system is in dire need of advanced technologies. The forum will consider the use of technology with one of the biggest potentials at the moment - Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology. Indeed, the widespread use of this technology is finally gaining the recognition of the public and the leadership of large companies. Already having some experience of developing and applying blockchain technologies to real cases, speakers will share their knowledge with visitors. This means a lot for the development of information technology as well as for the manufacturing industry, intellectual property protection, sales, economic planning of developing countries and governance and regulatory issues.
The opening ceremony will be held by Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst at Economic Research and Statistics Division of World Trade Organization.
After that, Nikolaus Schultze, Global Director Policy at International Chamber of Commerce will make some remarks by ICC about WTO-ICC partnership on Blockchain. The next part is a keynote speech by Marwan Alzarouni, Member of the Dubai Future Council for Blockchain Technology and CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center and Helen Kopman, Deputy Head of Digital Innovation & Blockchain at the European Commission.
One of the first speakers is Virginia Cram-Martos, CEO, Triangularity SáRL. She will describe the main characteristics of Blockchain.
“The private sector perspective” session will contain speeches by Alisa Di Caprio, Head of Trade and Supply Chain, R3; Bob Gravestijn, Platform innovator at Deliver, ABN-Amro; Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, FedEx; Louise Wiggett, CEO Global Trade Solutions, South Africa и Deepesh Patel, Director of Partnerships and Marketing, Trade Finance Global as a moderator.
“Trade facilitation in action” is the subject of the next session, where the following speakers will perform: Khalil Haddad, Director of Strategy and Development, Dubai Chamber of Commerce; Maria Ceccarelli, OiC Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE; Marloes Pomp, Program Officer for Blockchain, Dutch Government; Pashupati. N. Pandey, Senior Technical Officer, Compliance & Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization; Sin Yong Loh, Director, Trade and Connectivity Cluster, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore.
The next day is going to be rich with key speeches and discussions: “TBT, standards and Industry 4.0
: Blockchain and emerging technologies” session is scheduled. Artificial intelligence, automation and the transition to new technologies will be discussed by Bo Jing, Software Engineer, Baidu Blockchain System Department, Baidu; Bridie Ohlsson, CEO, Geora (representing Standards Australia); Deborah Prince, Program Manager, Exploration & Development, Underwriters Laboratories; Leila Afas, Director, International Public Policy, Toyota North America -moderated by Devin McDaniels, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization.
The topic of intellectual property and the use of blockchain to protect it will be the focus for the next session, which will be attended by Xiaoping Wu, Counsellor, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, World Trade Organization; Bart Verschoor, CEO, Seal; Edward Eliott, IP information Officer, WIPO; Marc Kaufman, Partner, Rimon PC, Blockchain IP Council; Martin Devlin, Assistant Director at IP Australia.
The use of blockchain technologies to improve the situation of developing countries will be highlighted by speakers of the 7th session: Christian Pauletto, Associate Professor, International University in Geneva; Eliza Niewidomska, Senior Counsel, EBRD; Quan Zhao, Trade Policy Advisor, International Trade Centre and Steve Doyle, Principal Technical Architect, GSMA.
The last session is entitled with two global questions: “What role for international trade cooperation? How best to promote an enabling policy environment?” There will perform Hanna Norberg, independent trade policy advisor and the founder of TradeEconomista.com; Hans Huber, Senior DLT project lead, Commerzbank; Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco, Chair, International Committee, British Blockchain Association; Nicholas Niggli, Deputy Secretary General, Republic and Canton of Geneva.
This forum brings together a lot of experienced and inspirational people: the future of the blockchain industry and the application of technology by companies, states and individuals depend on them. FCE BLOCKCHAIN CEO Gregory Arzumanian
will also attend the event. We look forward to meeting and having interesting communication with those opinion influencers. Participation in such events is important for a project that can receive additional support and partnerships.