Business in the digital age is a common topic but there is still relatively little discussion about the impact of technologies on trade in professional services.

What challenges do ever-increasing quantities of user- and machine-generated data pose for professional services? How do trade obligations and domestic regulation interact in the era of globalised service delivery? Are the current rules fit for purpose?

These questions will be addressed in our workshop - organised in partnership with the European Services Forum (ESF) - at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum on 28 September at 1pm in the WTO headquarters in Geneva.

Iain Sandford of Sidley Austin and International Bar Association will reflect on the impact of digital developments on legal services and David Gruner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd will give the accountancy profession’s perspective. Hamid Mamdouh, Director of the WTO Trade in Services and Investment Division, will look at how changes in the nature of service delivery are reflected in trade agreements. The session will be chaired by Pascal Kerneis, Director of the ESF.

The WTO Public Forum is an annual event bringing together stakeholders to examine international trade policy issues through plenary sessions, workshops and panel debates. Full programme of the WTO Public Forum is available here.