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CBC Abu Dhabi Supports Global Illicit Trade Summit

  • 30 October 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Register at The Economist website 


In this third installment of the Global Illicit Trade Summit, The Economist Events brings the conversation to the Middle East. As technological breakthroughs reshape illicit trade, the challenge becomes staying ahead of the curve, to prevent perpetrators from exploiting tomorrow’s loopholes. Yet there is a risk that changing political alliances could exacerbate fractures in the international response. Unlike its legitimate counterpart, the illicit economy is only set to grow. This is cause for concern, along with the socio-economic and geopolitical instability that is a by-product of illicit trade. More than ever before, there is a clear business case for bringing the fight against illicit trade into the mainstream. Why then is progress stalling? We take stock of the challenges and opportunities at play.

Apply to attend*

Join the conversation on @EconomistEvents via #EconIllicitTrade

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval by The Economist Events. If your application is successful, you will receive a confirmation email with further information about the summit. There is no charge associated with your attendance.


Advancing the conversation that began in 2017, the third Global Illicit Trade Summit will bring together stakeholders from governments, the private sector, international organisations, law enforcement agencies and civil society for a series of action-driven dialogues about combating illicit trade.

Hear from a diverse group of people from different industries who will share their experiences and thought leadership on how to tackle a multi-faceted global problem.


  • Policymakers, regulators, government and custom officials
  • Chief technology, operations and security officers
  • Anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy, anti-fraud, illicit trade
  • Brand protection, brand licensing, brand enforcement
  • Intellectual property (IP)
  • Legal counsel, corporate compliance, IP lawyers, patents, copyright, trademark, licensing
  • Content and corporate security
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Digital safety and security, cybersecurity, computer crime, document security
  • Track and trace, labelling, packaging, serialisation
  • Industry association members (both anti-counterfeiting and industry specific)
  • Academics, researchers, market insights and consultants & other roles impacted by or involved with anti-counterfeiting efforts
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