OECD Global Forum on Trade

OECD Global Forum on Trade 2021

Paris, France | 26 October, 2021

Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have subjected supply chains to unprecedented levels of stress. Although evidence demonstrates that global supply chains have exhibited resilience, high-profile shortages of key inputs and rising shipping costs continue to be a source of concern. To reduce exposure to risk, many governments are therefore pursuing actions to ensure security of supply in critical industries.

At its meeting of 7 April 2021, the OECD Trade Committee identified the importance of public-private dialogue on the stress testing of global supply chains. The objective of this Global Forum on Trade is therefore to share information on the objectives, roles (among governments and firms) and approaches to stress tests as means of promoting consultation and cooperation between the public and private sector.

Preliminary comments by lead speakers will be followed by open discussion. Outcomes will inform the OECD Trade Committee’s work on building resilient supply chains for all.

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OECD Global Forums on Trade

The OECD Global Forums on Trade bring together trade policy makers, academics, industry representatives and other experts from OECD and non-OECD countries to exchange views on current trade policy issues. It is often with a focus on issues of importance in trade relations between developed and developing countries and on the role of the international community in supporting developing countries with their integration efforts.

The Global Forum on Trade conference series is organised under the auspices of the OECD’s Trade Committee in support of its objective to “improve understanding of the benefits and costs of further trade liberalisation, so as to increase support for an open, rules-based multilateral trading system".

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