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Protectionism vs Globalisation: is the global trade system failing consumers?

Trade impacts what's on your plate, in your car, and even your smartphone. But what happens to consumers when global trade faces a crisis?

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Globalisation impacts what's on your plate, in your car, and even your smartphone. But what happens when global trade faces a crisis? Consumers purchasing might not feel like part of a geopolitical and economic battleground, but they're deeply impacted by disruptions in global trade. We want to Start Talking about the need to give the consumer impact of the current global trade disruption proper attention.

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Antonino Serra Cambaceres

Director of Projects and International Relations, ADELCO - Acción del Consumidor (Argentina) and Consultant at FIAGC

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Stefano da Empoli

Founder & President presso I-Com, Istituto per la Competitività

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Harald Past

Head, International trade & Taxation, EuroCommerce

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Rodrigo Carcamo

Chief of Commodities Policy Implementation and Outreach Section, UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development)

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Lea Auffret

International affairs team leader, BEUC

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Top questions:

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What are the benefits of global trade for consumers in this area?

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Where has trade struggled to deliver on wider, non-economic outcomes in this area?

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How could it be done in a way that delivers on economic targets and beyond, e.g. climate goals; SDGs; digital security; trust and good consumer outcomes?

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What are the political points at stake?

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It's crucial to provide companies with access to global markets and facilitate international trade further without compromising standards. It's never a one-way street; it should be a win-win situation.

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Harald Past

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If you, as a producer in a developing country, want to meet standards, you have to pay; they do not have access to the finance or infrastructure that developed countries have. There are different realities, and one size doesn’t fit all. We need transparency & dialogue

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Rodrigo Carcamo-Diaz

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Open markets offer rapid and barrier-free access, which is essential for countries facing crises. Protectionism goes against consumer rights. Additionally, raising standards for export goods also improves standards for goods sold in developing countries' internal markets

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Antonino Serra Cambaceres

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Seeing the test results, shows that Europeans are not investing as efficiently to meet the demand for electric vehicles. This is the primary message. There is still room for improvement, but it serves as an alarm bell. Ultimately, these options benefit consumers

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Stefano da Empoli

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Our message: stick to your guns. Consumers want to change their habits & consume more sustainably. We need to find common ground without backtracking, staying focused on what we need to do for climate change. We should improve dialogue & explain the measures more effectively

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Léa Auffret

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