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The Future Trade Forum and the evolving landscape of global trade

The inaugural Future Trade Forum is set to happen from the 29th to the 30th of March 2023 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The Future Trade Forum has been initiated by The ICC’s Digital Standards Initiative (DSI), which is a public-private partnership based in Singapore and backed by an international Governing Board comprising policymakers from governments and international organizations, including the International Chambers of Commerce, the Government of Singapore, Asian Development Bank, World Trade Organisation and World Customs Organisation.

The ICC Future Trade Forum 2023 will convene business leaders, policymakers, technologists, and other industry movers who are shaping the global trade ecosystem into its digital, sustainable, inclusive future.

The Forum offers both birds-eye and ground-level views of the evolving trade landscape as well as platforms to engage and act on the key challenges and opportunities ahead.

With its advisory networks, industry leaders, and multilateral partners in attendance, the Forum will also feature a number of panel sessions, collaboration opportunities, and program launches that will push the digital trade agenda forward.

Renowned speakers from WTO, WCO, GS1, and many more will be sharing insightful industry topics at the event. Join the Forum at and shape the future of trade.

The FTF will convene 400-500 attendees from global trade and supply chains, finance, technology, industry associations, legal professions, government agencies, and standards bodies from around the globe. Selected sessions will be available as Video on Demand (VOD) to a virtual global audience.

What makes Future Trade Forum a must-attend summit?

Coverage of Pressing Issues – As a forum focussing on creating a more inclusive and sustainable future of trade, this summit will address some of the most pressing issues facing the industry today, such as digital trade and finance ecosystem, and sustainability in the future of trade.

Access to industry leaders – The forum brings together business leaders, policymakers, and other industry movers who are shaping the future of trade.

S. Iswaran, Minister of Trade Relations and Minister for Transport will grace the event as a Guest of Honor and he will be joined by Anabel Gonzalez, WTO Deputy Director-General, and Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General as Keynote speakers and the event will also feature prominent speakers from corporates and the financial sector including:

  • Stephan WOLF, Chief Executive Officer, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
  • John W.H. DENTON AO, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Lynn NG, Global Head – Commodities, Food & Agriculture, ING and Chair of ICC Global Banking Commission
  • Kobsak DUANGDEE, Secretary General, Thai Bankers Association
  • Tod BURWELL, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT)
  • Rebecca Fatima STA MARIA, Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat
  • Jianlong YU, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

For a full list of speakers please visit: Speakers – ICC Future Trade Forum.

The forum will feature insightful content from Minister Iswaran, live fireside chats with WTO, the launch of the Trade Modernisation Index with Asia Global Institute & Milken Institute, an Introduction of IMDA’s TradeTrust, the Launch of World Trade Board Roadmap for financial and many more and provide attendees with several networking Opportunities with the high profiles speaker’s line-up local and overseas, attendance of industry leaders and influentials.

For further info, contact Future Trade Forum at or reach out to Shermaine Chan or Kimberly Niu.


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