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The Economist’s second annual Asia Trade Summit will bring together heads of companies, regional trade negotiators, policymakers, academics and economists for a day of learning and rigorous debate.

The event will be focused on solutions and committed to producing outcomes that matter. Through a series of roundtables, onstage debates and panel conversations, the summit will analyse risks and opportunities, and look for a pragmatic way forward for those working in—or depending on—the trade industry in Asia.

Asia is becoming the centre of the global trading system.

Over the past year, consumers in Japan and the European Union have begun reaping the benefits of their large bilateral trade deal, creating a new marketplace that encompasses a third of global GDP. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into effect at the end of 2018, is opening new trade pathways for various Asian countries. India’s GDP expanded by 7.1% in 2018, making it the fastest-growing economy in Asia, and third fastest globally. Other countries in the region, such as Vietnam and Malaysia, are gaining from American firms moving their Chinese operations to avoid tariffs.


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