Trade Tensions Panel Discussion, 1 August 2019


From: Thursday August 1, 2019, 12:00 pm

To: Thursday August 1, 2019, 2:00 pm

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld) in association with the University of Queensland, Griffith University and QUT invites you to participate in a panel discussion around the trade tensions the world economy currently experiences and the implications for the Australian Economy.


“World trade will continue to face strong headwinds in 2019 and 2020 after growing more slowly than expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. WTO economists expect merchandise trade volume growth to fall to 2.6% in 2019 — down from 3.0% in 2018.”
WTO press release, 2 April 2019

“Trade tensions have derailed the global economy, plunging it onto a low-growth track that’s clouded by risks, according to the OECD’s latest outlook.” Bloomberg, 21 May 2019

Concerns are mounting around global trade as US and China do not seem to find the willingness to negotiate a deal. Is it just a negotiating strategy that will eventually reach an agreement, or has the world become more protectionist and the US-China trade war is just an example? Join us to discuss the issue with our experts.

The event will be held at lunch time at QUT Gardens Point in order to facilitate CBD participants to join. While the event is free, registration is encouraged for catering purposes.

Thursday, 1 August 2019
12.00-2.00 pm
QUT, Owen J Wordsworth Room, S Block, 12 floor, Gardens Point, Brisbane QLD 4000

Current panel members:

Simon Fischer, Principal Economist, Trade and Investment Queensland, is an economist with over 20 years’ experience across a range of senior public policy roles in both the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments. Simon joined Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) in 2008 as Principal Economist and has helped develop the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-22, securing funding of $35 million over five years for facilitating trade and investment with the growing Asian region.

Renuka Mahadevan is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. She is an applied economist and one of her research interests is trade. She authored a paper on the US-China trade tensions and was recently invited to participate by Asia Society at the round table discussion on trade issues with international trade experts who had worked in the World Trade Organisation and ex-Ministers of Trade.
Tony Makin, Professor of Economics at Griffith University, has served in the federal departments of Finance and the Treasury, the International Monetary Fund, and as Director of Griffith’s APEC Study Centre. He is a member of the ESA National Economic Panel and has published widely on Australian and international economic issues, including the China-US trade imbalance.
Pascalis Raimondos is the Head of School, School of Economics and Finance, QUT. His area of expertise is International Trade Policy and Public Finance and he has served as an expert within these areas for the Danish Competition Authority and the Danish Research Council for Social Sciences. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre of Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London and of the CESifo research network, Munich.

 Event Sponsor:


Economic Society of Australia (Qld)


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QUT, Owen J Wordsworth Room, S Block, 12 floor

Gardens Point, Brisbane QLD 4000

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