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The Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure to invite you to an informative session on the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

This session aims to provide an overview on what implications and opportunities the FTA will bring to Swedish companies in the region. Additionally, this seminar will give companies a better understanding of the specific benefits, and how to take advantage of them, for trade in goods and services in key industries between EU and Singapore.

Background

On 19 October 2018, the European Union (EU) and Singapore signed the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). As the first FTA signed between the EU and an ASEAN country, the agreement serves as a pathfinder to an eventual EU-ASEAN FTA that will increase trade and investments between the two regions. Once entered into force, the EUSFTA will provide EU and Singapore companies with more opportunities and preferential and improved market access for products and services across many sectors. Furthermore, the EUSFTA contains provisions relating to the elimination of non-tariff barriers, customs and trade facilitation, sustainable development, competition, public procurement and intellectual property.

Programme

8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee

9:00-9:05 Welcoming remarks by Ambassador Niclas Kvarnström

9:05-9:20 “The future of the global trade regime” – introductory remarks by Mr Magnus Rydén, Deputy Director General for Trade, Swedish MFA

9.20-9.30 “The role of FTAs- a Swedish perspective” – Mr Oscar Wåglund Söderström, Director, National Board of Trade, Sweden

9:30-9:50 “The EU-Singapore FTA – what’s in the agreement?” – Mr Jean-Pierre De Meerleer Sánchez, Trade Policy Officer, EU Delegation to Singapore

9:50-10:00 “How to make use of EU FTAs”, Mr Jean-Pierre De Meerleer Sánchez, Trade Policy Officer, EU Delegation to Singapore

10:00-10:15 “The regional Free Trade Agenda – Untangling the noodle bowl”, Ms Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asia Trade Center

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Panel discussion – “The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: What’s in it for Swedish companies?”

Panelists:

Mr Ola Brohman, Deputy Director, Department for International Trade, Swedish MFA

Mr Jean-Pierre De Meerleer Sánchez, Trade Policy Officer, EU Delegation to Singapore

Ms Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asia Trade Center

Mr How Ti Hwei, Country President, Astra Zeneca

Mr Emil Akander, Trade Commissioner, Business Sweden

Moderator: Mr Oscar Wåglund Söderström, Director for Free Trade Agreements, technical rules and sustainable development at the National Board of Trade Sweden

11:30 Conclusion of the event

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