ICC Finland – 90 years for free trade
THE FUTURE OF OPEN TRADE?
Date: Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 10:30-13:00
Venue: Helsinki Hall, Finlandia Hall, Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki
Growing protectionism. Rising Populism. New Walls on Borders. Free Trade is under pressure, as anti-globalization trends are arriving to Western Economies. So far, the opening of markets has been a key driver for growth.
What about the future of open trade? What does it mean for business? What are the political realities needed to keep markets open also in the future? In this ICC 90th Anniversary event we shape the future of open trade from political and business perspectives.
10:30 Opening remarks – Trade Matters
Mr Jussi Pesonen, Chair of ICC Finland; President and CEO of UPM Kymmene Corp
10:40 The Future of Open Trade
Mr Roberto Azevêdo, Director General of the World Trade Organization WTO
11:00 New Normal in Global Economy – The Way Forward – Panel discussion incl.
Mr Esko Aho, Former Prime Minister of Finland, Member of ICC Executive Board
Ms Päivi Leiwo, Vice Chair of ICC Finland; President of Oilon Group
Dr Petri Rouvinen, Managing Director, ETLA Tieto Ltd
12:00 Networking Buffet Lunch
ICC Finland in Nutshell
In 1927 Finland joined the International Chamber of Commerce ICC, the world business organization, to strengthen trade relations around the world. The first ever Chairman of ICC Finland was Dr. J.K. Paasikivi, Director General of Kansallispankki (today Nordea). Dr Paasikivi later became the President of Finland. The founding ICC member companies were Fiskars Ab, Kesko Oy, Oy Strömberg Ab (now ABB), SOK, Wärtsilä, Oy Machinery Ab and Oy Stockmann Ab.
Since 1927, Finnish businesses have been an active contribution to this unique global business network with member companies in over 90 countries. Today all key Finnish companies in international trade are ICC members. More information www.icc.fi or www.iccwbo.org .
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