The International Trade Policy Business Council (ITPBC) within the International Trade Council is a dedicated forum committed to dissecting, understanding, and influencing the ever-evolving landscape of global trade policies. Recognizing the complexities inherent in cross-border commerce, the council aims to support businesses by demystifying international trade regulations, highlighting policy shifts, and promoting best practices in compliance, due diligence, and corporate responsibility.

Board Chairperson:

Deputy Chairperson:

  • Peter Benjamin Chen, Chairman & Founder, G8 Management Pty Ltd & The Sabina Group [LinkedIn]

Board Members:

Areas of Focus:

  • Trade Policy Analysis: The council routinely studies and analyzes international trade policies, interpreting their implications for various industries and sectors, thereby assisting businesses in strategic decision-making.
  • Sanctions: With economic sanctions becoming a pivotal tool in geopolitics, the ITPBC offers insights into the latest sanction regimes, their ramifications, and compliance strategies.
  • Know Your Customer (KYC): Emphasizing the importance of understanding and vetting business partners, the council promotes best practices in KYC to mitigate risks and ensure legitimate trade transactions.
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML): The ITPBC delves into AML standards, offering guidance on international regulations, detection techniques, and compliance strategies to prevent illicit financial activities.
  • Due Diligence: Recognizing the importance of thorough business investigations, the council underscores the need for comprehensive due diligence in international trade, be it in mergers, acquisitions, or partnerships.
  • Protecting Companies: Beyond compliance, the council emphasizes strategies and tools to safeguard businesses from potential threats, such as fraud, IP theft, or unfair trade practices.
  • Latest Policy Changes: With trade policies subject to rapid changes, the ITPBC ensures members are abreast of the latest policy modifications, trade agreements, and shifts in international trade dynamics.
  • Trade Advocacy: Acting as a voice for the international trade community, the council engages with policymakers, advocating for favorable trade policies and reforms that can facilitate smoother global commerce.
  • Networking and Collaboration: The ITPBC offers a platform for businesses, policy experts, legal professionals, and regulators to interact, share perspectives, and collaborate on pressing trade policy issues.
  • Capacity Building and Training: With the belief that informed businesses are empowered businesses, the council organizes workshops, seminars, and training sessions on critical trade policy topics, compliance, and best practices.
  • Trade Dispute Resolution: Providing resources on mechanisms for addressing trade disputes, the council also emphasizes international arbitration, mediation, and other conflict resolution methods.
  • Future Policy Trends: Anticipating the trajectory of international trade, the council forecasts potential policy shifts, helping businesses prepare and adapt to the future trade landscape.

Outputs of the Business Council:

  • Research Reports
  • Webinars
  • Legislative Recommendations
  • Thought-Pieces / Blog Posts
  • Participation in Industry Events
  • Collation of Industry News
  • Mentoring

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