Trade Matters

Episode 13: China, Trade, and COVID-19 | April 14, 2020 | 38 minutes

Guest: David Morfesi, Director of International Trade at MinterEllison
David Morfesi, trade lawyer at the largest law firm in Australia, discusses the relationship between global health and trade, including the role of trade experts at the World Health Organization, how countries use trade measures differently during public health crises, and why the reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic will be as unprecedented as the event itself. He also explains what the pandemic may mean for supply chains in the future and how it may change views of China when it comes to trade.

Episode 14: COVID-19 and the Food Supply Chain | April 28, 2020 | 36 minutes

Guest: Darci Vetter, Vice Chair of Agriculture, Food and Trade at Edelman and former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Darci Vetter explains why food security depends on the free global movement of food, how COVID-19 has impacted food supply chains, and how protectionist actions can backfire. She also discusses the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal and raises an issue in U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade that she believes looms even larger than USMCA implementation.


Uncertainty Shocks: Measuring the Implications for International Trade and Economic Growth | September 14, 2020 | 60 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom’s Brexit journey, and the U.S.- China trade war have all contributed to greater uncertainty in international trade. How do we measure it? Economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the World Uncertainty Index he co-created and what it can tell us about uncertainty shocks affecting international trade and prospects for global economic growth.

Managing Risk in Agricultural Trade | October 6, 2020 | 60 minutes

Participants in international agricultural trade face operational risks related to price, credit, non-tariff barriers, and disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also face political risk – the likelihood that a political action will significantly affect their business. From both a corporate and a banking perspective, this session examines the impact of these risks on the agricultural supply chain and tools that can address them.