The second World Trade Day Conference, organized by the World Trade Center Atlanta, provided a rare opportunity for anyone looking to take a peek into the future.

The word “future” may even be an understatement. There was a time when thought leaders would get together to talk about some far off Orwellian future, but, that Orwellian future has arrived, according to the conference panelist, speakers and hundreds of attendees.  

The daylong event, themed “Trade Talk: High Stake Innovations Impacting the Global Stage,” was hosted at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel – Galleria.

The World Trade Day Conference was organized to equip participants with the insight needed to help guide business decisions and investment in new markets and technology.

Topics ranged from Global business expansion to Brexit, U.S. Taxes, MedTech and  Investment in China and Africa. There were lots of spirited discussions, but the topic that seemed to be on everyone’s mind was artificial intelligence and its impact on modern society.

The event was highlighted by the receipt of the inaugural John C. Portman Leadership Award presented by John C. Portman, III, Vice Chairman of Portman Holdings, presented to Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.  

Young talked in depth about Atlanta’s emerging position as a major player in the Global Economy and the need for savvy entrepreneurs to begin to think about doing business with Africa.


Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen
Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen

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