The trends shaping The Future of Trade
DMCC, the world leader in global trade, gathered more than 150 experts across five continents for ten months to ask: What is The Future of Trade?
The synthesis of our exhaustive research and in-depth data analysis is presented in an exclusive report “The Future of Trade”, which was unveiled simultaneously at Google Campus London and Google AstroLabs in Dubai on March 17, 2016.
An expert panel chaired by Ian King of Sky News included Gautam Sashittal, Chief Executive Officer of DMCC, Baroness Wheatcroft, Non Executive Director of Fiat Chrysler and former editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe and Simon Williams, Chief Economist Middle East, Africa and Europe at HSBC.
Our experts examined how the digitisation of trade around the world will unlock future opportunity and change the global flow of goods, talent and finance while considering the impact on supply chain efficiency and international regulation.
The World of Trade is Shifting
DMCC’s CEO, Gautam Sashittal reveals the journey we took to understand how trade patterns evolve.
The Future of Trade
Trade is all around us, from the moment we wake, fuelling the global economy with goods and ideas.
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Events in London, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Mumbai and Dubai brought together over 130 informed individuals. Insights gained from these discussions are covered in the following six key areas:
The Impact of Digital
Never before has the impact of digital on Global Trade been analysed in such depth.Read more
Shifting Power and Influence
See how economic power is changing, from a contextual global view.Read more
Funding for Trade
There’s a growing concern over the lack of capital available from the world’s banks to support more trade.Read more
As global nomads take to the fore, questions are raised on how and where talent will align with the emerging trade infrastructure.Read more
Standards Driving Trade
Changes in global and local regulation are having an impact in different parts of the world.Read more
We share views on how the overall effectiveness of global trade and distribution will improve over the next decade.Read more
Our Partners for Future of Trade
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The world’s leading open foresight programme. In an increasingly interconnected, complex and uncertain world, many organisations are looking for a better understanding of how the future may unfold. To do this successfully, many companies, institutions and governments are working to improve their use of strategic foresight in order to anticipate emerging issues and prepare for new opportunities.
AstroLabs Dubai is the only Google-partnered tech hub in the MENA region, serving as a launch pad for the highest potential tech startups. The space features a Google-supported mobile device development lab, a training facility, meeting rooms, etc. Through a partnership with DMCC, the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, startups at AstroLabs Dubai will be able to easily obtain a free zone company license with no upfront costs.
Google Campus London is a unique tech hub, co-working and event space in the heart of the UK capital. Google began life as a startup in a garage in California, and have kept their passion for entrepreneurship. With Campus, they wanted to create a connecting space, somewhere for founders to network, learn, teach, and grow.
Centre for Economics & Business Research
For 20 years the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has supplied independent economic forecasting and analysis to hundreds of private firms and public organisations. Their predictions have a strong track record of forecasting accuracy at international, national and even company level, placing them consistently in the top handful of UK economics teams and winning them awards and headlines. They are still growing strongly despite on-off UK recession and weak trading conditions and their clients grow with them.
CPI Media Group
For two decades, Dubai-based CPI has published magazines and guides, organised events and run successful marketing campaigns across the GCC. From an initial start with B2B IT titles, it has grown its range to include industry, oil & gas, construction and finance. For the last five years, it has also published in the consumer space, bringing globally important brands to the regional market. CPI has grown organically from a single title to its current stable of over 25 titles, over 20 web portals, over a dozen awards ceremonies and numerous B2B events and conferences. Aggressive expansion plans mean more will follow in the next two years.
New York University Abu Dhabi
In October 2007, New York University announced its intention to open a complete branch campus in Abu Dhabi, financed by the government of the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi campus was planned by New York University, and the funding mainly came from the UAE government. The school was first opened in 2008 on a temporary site in downtown Abu Dhabi, where it held various public events such as academic conferences, workshops, and performances. New York University moved the Abu Dhabi campus to a new site in 2014 in the Marina district of Saadiyat Island. Christian Haefke, NYUAD professor of economics, is an expert on labor markets and econometrics and is a valuable contributor to the Future of Trade programme.
- Abu Dhabi
Oxford Business Group
Since 1994 OBG has been at the frontier of mapping new waves of emerging economies. OBG now operates in many of the world's fastest growing markets, offering internationally acclaimed intelligence on regions that are shaping the future balance of economic power. OBG provides its global readership with the business intelligence they need to stay ahead. OBG has access to the most accurate statistics and independent analysis available, assisting clients in making fundamental long-term investment decisions in and about regions where access to knowledge is power.
- Eastern Europe
- Latin America
S P Jain School of Global Management
S P Jain School of Global Management is an Australian business school with campuses in Sydney, Mumbai, Singapore and Dubai. The school offers undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate business courses. For the last five of its 11 years history, S P Jain has been ranked among the world’s top schools. In 2015, the School has been ranked #10 in the Best International Business School by Forbes for its one-year MBA program. In 2013 – 14, it was ranked in the Top 20 Best International Business Schools by Forbes. And in 2011 and 2012, UK’s Financial Times ranked the Global MBA in its Top 100 Global MBA rankings. S P Jain is the youngest business school to be in these prestigious rankings and attributes its success to its innovative education model.
US–UAE Business Council
The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council is the premier business organisation dedicated to advancing bilateral commercial relations. By leveraging its extensive networks in the U.S. and in the region, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council provides unparalleled access to senior decision makers in business and government with the aim of deepening bilateral trade and investment.
- Washington DC