Geneva Trade Week 2020 is a digital conference organized by the Geneva Trade Platform and running from Monday the 28th of September through to Friday the 2nd of October.
Taking place in the week of the now cancelled WTO Public Forum, Geneva Trade Week brings together policymakers, academics, experts, the private sector and passionate activists to discuss trade, its impact, and its connection to the most pressing issues of our time.
Nothing can fully replace the buzz and spontaneity of an in-person conference, but Covid-19 restrictions, conflicting schedules and costs mean making the trip to Geneva simply won’t be an option for many who would love to be there.
Enter, the CTEI Virtual Conference Center, via GatherTown. The Conference Center is a free, online space through which to experience both GTW and the Public Forum. Simply log in via your browser, create your free avatar, and begin exploring the space, seamlessly video conferencing with those you approach. Recreate the feeling of bumping into a familiar face in the coffee queue, networking with strangers in the atrium or pulling someone aside for a bilateral meeting.
The Center will be at the heart of GTW with all public events accessible directly through it and it will also host the various exhibitions, networking events, book-talks and other components of GTW 2021.
The trade policy community is growing broader every day. The Public Forum ordinarily offers a unique opportunity for new entrants into the space and old hands alike to rapidly acquaint themselves with dozens of contacts and potential collaboration partners. A week spent exchanging business cards at the Public Forum can forge more useful relationships than the rest of the year combined.
With the pandemic limiting travel and the costs of Geneva attendance prohibitive for many, the Public Forum will not be as effective as it has traditionally been in playing this role. That’s where Geneva Trade Week comes in.
Through themed networking events around topics like trade research, trade law and development, GTW will provide structured spaces where professionals of all stripes can meet virtually and learn about one another’s work.