26 April, 2017 | (01 hr)

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The public and political discourse on the merits of global trade has moved recently from a consensus that trade generally benefits everyone to widespread skepticism about who is benefiting versus who is losing. As critical elections and referenda have been following each other in rapid succession, trade agreements (such as TPP) are being shelved, and various protectionist proposals (such as the border adjustment tax proposal in the US) have been floated.

What lies ahead in terms of trade measures, and how will it impact global trade and value chains? As much remains unclear, how should business respond? 

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Susan C. Schwab

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Ilaria Maselli

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The Conference Board

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The Conference Board

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The Conference Board

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Bart van Ark

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Leader, Global Economy Center
The Conference Board

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