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2021 Global Trade & Blockchain Forum

"Accelerating Trade Digitalization through DLT"



The year 2020 has been unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, causing massive supply chain disruptions and threatening the lives of millions of people around the world, with a particularly devastating impact on small businesses. Major cases of fraud in the commodities sector have highlighted the vulnerability of opaque and paper-based supply chains.

How can we strengthen trade resilience? Can DLT help address the risks and inefficiencies in global supply chains? How can we accelerate trade digitalization to build back better? The event will review latest DLT developments in trade and trade finance and discuss how blockchain is being used to enhance transparency and efficiency of supply chains and trade transactions. It will explore the importance of digital identities to facilitate trade. Finally, it will provide an opportunity to discuss how trade digitalization can be accelerated to the benefit of all and the role that governments and international organizations can play to support the development of a regulatory and policy framework conducive to the deployment of this technology while mitigating the risks that may arise.



Lunch break


3. Launch of the ITC-WTO online course on blockchain and trade






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