Keynote addresses were made by H.E. Peter Hultqvist, Defense Minister of Sweden; Minister Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden; and Ms. Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Norway.
On December 6, 2017, the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics program co-hosted an event with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in San Francisco, CA. The discussion focused on the progress of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and its implications for businesses in the United States and the transatlantic digital marketplace. Our panel included Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal; Bruce Andrews, Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC; Andrea Glorioso, Digital Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States; and Luke Kowalski, Vice President of the Corporate Architecture Group at Oracle. Melissa Blaustein, Founder and CEO of Allied for Startups, moderated the discussion.
Mr. Ahmed stressed how European and US businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, could benefit from ongoing DSM reform efforts to boost e-commerce that include a ban on unjustified geo-blocking, lower prices for parcel delivery, and a simplified VAT framework. Mr. Andrews emphasized the role the DSM could play to elevate the US-EU commercial relationship to another level. Mr. Glorioso provided participants with an update on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be enforced across the EU beginning in May 2018. In addition, representatives from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and large Silicon Valley companies, including Mozilla Inc., Stripe, and PayPal, took part in the discussion which ultimately transitioned from the EU’s DSM to the future of work and its implications for the transatlantic digital marketplace.
As part of its ambitious reform and self-reliance agenda, the Afghan government has made considerable progress towards improving the capacity of civilian management, leadership, human resources, as well as in addressing formal corruption. This panel sought to address the key challenges and prospective solutions. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Javid Ahmad.
In an increasingly connected aviation ecosystem, the ever-expanding and complex cybersecurity issues that affect aviation stakeholders are immense. The launch convened a group of leading aviation industry and cybersecurity experts that discussed the report's key findings and examined the threats, vulnerabilities and potential solutions. Panelists included Pete Cooper, author of the report and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative; Christian Espinosa, white hat hacker and CEO of Alpine Security; Steve Luczynski, former deputy director of cyber plans and operations at the Office of the Secretary of Defense; David Silver, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association and Elizabeth Wharton, senior assistant city attorney for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The conference addressed topics such as trade facilitation, ease of doing business in India, special economic zones, infrastructure, smart cities, intellectual property rights, development of information and communication technology, and global economic trends. Prominent speakers at the conference included Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Dr. Paula Stern, Consul General Robert Burgess, Mr. Philip Shaw, Mr. Michael Koch, Dr. Rupa Chanda, Mr. Bobby Majumder, Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Mr. Siddharth Roy and Ms. Sharmila Barathan among others.
By identifying factors that may impede increased trade and developing potential solutions to overcome these challenges, the conference managed to help the two countries reach new heights in their trade relations.
Watch the highlights of the conference here:
1) Opening Remarks by Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy
2) Welcome Remarks by Dr. Mukesh Aghi
3) Remarks by U.S Consul General Robert Burgess
4) The Honorable Paula Stern on US Trade Policy: A First-Person Account
5) Keynote Speech by Mr. Nandan Nilekani
6) The Honorable Dr. Paula Stern and Mr. Nandan Nilekani in Conversation with Ms. Maya Mirchandani