A Sustainable Future For Agriculture
Food is integral to every single Sustainable Development Goal, and building food systems we need for 2050 presents a global challenge given its complexity. This session, hosted by Bayer, dives into how we can accelerate collective action to achieve climate goals and work toward a sustainable agricultural system that delivers safe, affordable, nutritious food to all.
China: The Next 100 Years
2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and 2021 will issue the third—and indefinite—term of its supreme leader, Xi Jinping. With China set to be the world’s largest economy by the end of the decade, what’s the next iteration of the CCP—and Xi’s—agenda and what does it mean for the world?
Dynamic Cities: Rebooting Global Innovation
As drivers of the global economy, cities rely on human capital to innovate and launch new businesses. But deepening inequality, as well as the demographic and work-from-home shift underway, undermines their potential. This economic dynamism will be a defining characteristic of cities’ ability to constantly evolve, break ground, and shape the New Economy. How might a shift in focus from what makes cities “liveable” to what makes them “dynamic” give cities a more competitive edge?
Managing China Business Risk
Multinationals in China are caught in the crossfire of Sino-Western geopolitical tensions. In their home markets, they are widely criticized for putting profits over values and for weakening national security by building economic and supply chain dependencies between China and the West. How can businesses get ahead of this issue before it is too late? On the one hand, they must convince the Chinese side they are reliable partners. But they must also satisfy their home side that they are not enabling ESG abuses or leaking sensitive technologies with military applications. The ideal solution would be to clarify boundaries, creating safe space for normal commercial activities in non-sensitive areas – the so-called “small yard, high fence” approach proposed by former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Businesses must take the lead in designing and deploying such an arrangement before regulators try to enforce unworkable mandates that will force them to “take sides.” This breakout session will discuss a framework for corporate action.
New Opportunities for African Trade and Beyond
As the global economy adjusts to supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, new trade agreements and industry developments in Africa offer unique international investment opportunities. In 2021 alone, the development of The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) created the largest free trade area in the world, and Nigeria passed into law a new Petroleum Industry Act. How can increased trade, collaboration, and investments create opportunities for the global economy? How might AfCFTA relieve international supply and distribution constraints brought on by COVID-19? This roundtable, hosted by Dangote Group, dives into the unique opportunities and linkages that exist in a new era for African trade and the global economy.
Recalculating Supply Chain Risks
Until now, the supply chains on which the global trade system operates have been optimized to achieve one overriding goal: minimizing cost. But this single-minded focus has consolidated global supply chains in too few countries, surfacing new risks that are creating inefficiencies and bottlenecks with serious local and global repercussions from security to public health. Should costs still be the predominant factor shaping global trade? Can we use trade to spread and diversify economic prosperity? How can we take a long-term, strategic approach to supply chain efficiency? Can supply chain disclosure elucidate risk exposure, inform CEO decision-making, and change consumer behavior?
Sustainable Infrastructure In Emerging Economies
While sustainable infrastructure has turned a corner in terms of economic viability getting through grid parity in the last years, the developed world failed to meet its $100 billion promise to help developing countries manage climate change and build resilience. What will it take to close the $4 trillion annual infrastructure gap in emerging economies? This session will first update the audience with the latest public-private collaboration experience in India, and frameworks to provide a liquid market to accelerate capital allocation from mainstream investors into sustainable infrastructure investment. The audience is encouraged to take part in a solutions-focused discussion on the challenges and opportunities to mobilizing private investment into sustainable infrastructure in developing economies.
US-China Scenario Game: Decoupling
Extensive decoupling of technology, finance and other elements of the US-China relationship, initially adopted on both sides through formal policies and regulations, suddenly intensifies through a variety of coercive actions. Are you prepared? What are your next steps to mitigate exposure and risk?