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Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the ICC. Prior to joining, he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships, at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Head of the International Chambers ofCommerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness. In 2011 he helped set up the mid-size business export programme at UKTI and was a Senior Policy Advisor for the 2011 Government Review of Mid-Size Businesses. Former roles have encompassed deregulatory policy at Better Regulation Executive, social enterprise policy at the Department for Business and stints in a local strategic partnership and the charity sector.
The Future of International Engagement.
Now is the time for the private sector to make the case for trade and put forward solutions. The global trade policy environment is in a crisis with rising barriers to trade, disruption to supply chains and widespread political uncertainty. If we want to trade more with the world, we need to understand the challenges and how to capitalise on the opportunities. The session will provide insights into international business priorities, the WTO, UN and G20 and cover policy agendas; trade reform, digital trade, climate change and sustainability, and why it's important for UK businesses to engage.