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Increasing economic uncertainty caused by the spread of the coronavirus, US-China trade tensions and increased trade protectionism has put enormous pressure on margins and made firms more vulnerable to further disruptions and market fluctuations. 

In Asia, companies have recourse to an extremely helpful network of existing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to cushion the impact of these disruptions. Under new FTAs like the CPTPP and the RCEP duty and tax reduction benefits can amount to millions of dollars in annual savings, provide consistently lower tariffs and bring greater certainty and lower risks for regional supply chains.

This webinar will provide firms with the context and knowledge to develop an FTA optimization strategy that allows them to minimize tariff and trade compliance costs, increase supply chain resilience and flexibility and tap on large and growing markets to source and export their products.



8:15 am Webinar waiting room opens

8:30 am Welcome Address and Introduction

  • Mr Domenico Ferrari, Chair of Regional Trade Committee, EuroCham Singapore
    Counsel, Trading & Shipping – Global LNG, BP Singapore

8:40 am Keynote Speaker

  • Dr Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre (ATC)

9:15 am Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by: Mr Domenico Ferrari, Chair of Regional Trade Committee, EuroCham Singapore and Counsel, Trading & Shipping – Global LNG, BP Singapore
  • Panellists:
    • Dr Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre (ATC)
    • Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

9:45 am End of Programme 



Dr Deborah Elms
Founder and Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre (ATC)

Dr Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, Dr Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.



Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria
Executive Director
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria is the executive director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, Secretariat based in Singapore where she advises and provides support for the forum’s 21 diverse member economies. Styled “Tan Sri Datuk” in her native Malaysia, where she was a top-level civil servant and trade negotiator, Dr Sta Maria played an integral role in Malaysia’s participation in multilateral trade and cooperation. As Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, she often represented Malaysia in minister-level APEC meetings. She also oversaw the formulation of Malaysia’s positions in agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And, as representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Dr Sta Maria chaired the body that drafted ASEAN’s economic community blueprints for 2015 and 2025.




Mr Domenico Ferrari
Chair of Regional Trade Committee, EuroCham Singapore
Counsel, Trading & Shipping – Global LNG, BP Singapore

Domenico Ferrari is the Chairman of the Regional Trade Committee of EuroCham Singapore. A dual qualified (England and Italy) project finance and international trade lawyer with significant experience in frontier markets in Asia, he is currently Counsel for Trading and Shipping, Global LNG at bp, a leading international energy company. Mr Ferrari was a Director (2014-2019) and Vice President (2016-2019) of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from LUISS University (Italy), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the New York University (USA) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the National University of Singapore (Singapore).



Student tickets are available for this event.
Students from partnering universities are invited to join, free of charge. Partnering universities; NUS, NTU, SMU, EDHEC, ESSEC & INSEAD.
There are limited student tickets available and are subject to correct registration details. 

  • Please sign up with your university-issued email address
  • Enter your institution under “company”
  • Enter your major/programme under “designation” 
  • Select “Complimentary Student Ticket”


Registration Guidelines –

Please follow these simple steps for easy registration to our webinar.

Step 1: Register below. You will receive an automated registration confirmation email from EuroCham.

Step 2: Prior to the event, a Zoom link will be sent if payment has been received. (Payment by PayPal, PayNow/ PayLah/ QR Code preferred). Please watch out for this second email.

Step 3: Using the link provided in the second email, click on the link 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. 

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Thank you for your understanding.

Kindly note that there are limited seats available, registration is binding and payment is non-refundable. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.