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Global Think Tank Summit 2018

The public session of the Global Think Tank Summit will discuss trade and fair global competition


James McGann

Director, Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania,

Edward Brown

Senior Director Research and Policy Engagements, African Center for Economic Transformation,

Hai Zhao

Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,

Catherine McBride

Senior Economist International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs,

Izumi Ohno

Director, Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute,

On 7-9 November 2018 Bruegel and and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania will hold the Global Think Tank Summit 2018 in Brussels. The event will gather a hundred executives from the most influential Think Tanks around the world and feature panels on topics of global importance.

This event will be held in BOZAR.  On the 7th of November, part of the programme will be open for the public. Below, you will find the link to register for the public session as well as the agenda.

Register for the public session 

Following the keynote speech by European Commissioner Malmström a panel will discuss how globalisation and global competition can be managed fairly.

There is a backlash in many parts of the world against globalisation and increasing support for protectionism. Some argue it has been responsible for lifting millions of people out of poverty, while others blame it for job losses and stagnation of wages. Indeed, global competition is increasing global welfare but does create losers and winners. Can high and increasing levels of trade and investment integration be sustained or will globalisation gradually retreat due to rising protectionism? Is globalisation ‘fair’ geographically and across income levels? Is the current multilateral system fit for purpose to manage globalisation to the benefit of all countries? In a world in which very different economic system co-exist, is the level of cooperation on competition policy, industrial policy, corporate governance sufficient or does it need to be improved? Indeed, can think tanks play a role in measuring the impacts of globalisation on societies and make relevant policy recommendations to both national policy makers and multilateral institutions? This session with think tanks leaders and one or two related experts in the field will explore these questions.