18 Apr 2024

Join the webinar "Trade Meets AI: Navigating in a ‘Digital New World’"

Tomorrow at 9 am (CEST), several WTI-affiliated experts and alumni will be panelist at this webinar. Join them as they discuss the role of AI for trade professionals.

In tandem with the work of contemporaries like Alan Turing, John McCarthy coined the term ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 1955 as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”. While AI has been developed and applied across domains ever since, the 2022 launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT caused a resurgence in interest. For trade, new visions of computer-assisted negotiations, legal drafting, contracting, analysis, operations-level decision support, and automation are being introduced in earnest.

Whether for facilitating cross-border ‘paperless trade’ in goods or enabling the generation, marketing, and delivery of ‘digital products’ and services, AI is altering traditional paradigms of knowledge, work/local productivity, competitiveness, global value chains, public service design, national security, and international relations. By 2030, AI is anticipated to contribute an astounding $15 trillion to global output.

Charting a course in a ‘Digital New World’, trade’s transformation through AI may foster an inclusive/sustainable business environment by disrupting classical assumptions of market asymmetry and the capabilities of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). However, several issues remain, especially concerns related to the ‘digital divide’, various risks associated with the technology, aspects of Internet and data governance, and the protection of intellectual property rights.


  • Jason Grant Allen, Director, Singapore Management University – Centre for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG)

  • Craig Atkinson, Trade Development Specialist, United Nations/World Trade Organization – International Trade Centre (ITC)

  • Martina Ferracane, Associate Professor, Teesside University – School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies

  • Johannes Fritz, Chief Executive Officer, St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity for Through Trade – Global Trade Alert/Digital Policy Alert

  • Kholofelo Kugler, Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law and Doctoral Fellow, Trade Law 4.0 Project (Trade Policy Exchange Co-founder)

  • Marília Maciel, Head of Digital Commerce and Internet Policy, DiploFoundation

  • Mira Burri, Professor of International Economic Law/Internet Law, University of Lucerne – Faculty of Law

Friday, April 19, 2024 
Greenwich Mean Time (08h00) | Central European Time (09h00) | Singapore Standard Time (15h00) 

Zoom webinar (maximum 500 participants), additional YouTube live stream if more than 500 participants. The event will be archived on the Trade Policy Exchange YouTube account.