Logistics – a crucial enabler of trade
Logistics are the back-bone of supply chains and a key enabler of global trade. Without logistics and related services, global procurement, manufacturing, distribution and sales as we know them would not be possible.
Logistics connect producers, traders and consumers across the world, providing all businesses with reliable and effective access to goods and materials in domestic and international markets. Related services influence the cost of goods and the competitiveness of economies. They ensure the smooth functioning of efficient and integrated supply chains, along which trade flows develop and economies grow.
At times when backlashes against globalisation pose a challenge to free trade flows, the importance of smooth and efficient logistics and connectivity is paramount.
This year’s Summit provided a platform for discussion about the value of global supply chains and how an effective EU and global pro-trade policy framework can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs in Europe.
Here below the presentation given by Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist at the European Commission:
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Meet the speakers
Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
Executive Director of International Trade Center
President Alliance for European Logistics
Managing Director & Division Head of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited
Chief Trade Economist at the European Commission
Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group
Inés Ayala Sender
Member of the European Parliament
15.00 – 15.20 Registration and welcome coffee
15:20 – 15:30 Welcome and introduction by Mathieu Grosch, President Alliance for European Logistics
15:30 – 15:45 Keynote speech by Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
15:45 – 16:00 Keynote speech by Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group
16:00 – 17:50 Panel discussion moderated by Jacki Davis
- Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist at the European Commission – DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
- Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of International Trade Center
- Clemence Cheng, Managing Director & Division Head of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited
- Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group
- Inés Ayala Sender, Member of the European Parliament