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Challenges of Global Trade: A Perspective from Mexico's Secretary of Economy


Challenges of Global Trade: A Perspective from Mexico's Secretary of Economy

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, Mexico, joined us on Monday for a Q&A with our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham. 

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Improving Austria's Prosperity

Friday, 28 April 2017

Launch in Vienna for the Legatum Institute's inaugural Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report.

Sir Paul Marshall And Lord Hill discuss the upcoming Prosperity UK Conference.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

On Wednesday 26 April, the Prosperity UK Conference brought together leading policy makers, politicians, academics and business people to chart the course for the U.K. once it departs from the European Union.

What are the institutions that matter and how do we restore confidence in them? An evening with Sir Roger Scruton.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sir Roger Scruton, one of Britain’s foremost philosophers, and the author of over 40 books, spoke to a packed room at the Legatum Institute on the importance of Britain’s institutions at a time of great change in the wake of Brexit.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Legatum Institute hosted a public lecture on 5th April  by best-selling author and political commentator David Goodhart, on his new book, The Road to Somewhere.

The Outlook for UK Trade: Dealing with Barriers to UK Exporters with Greg Hands

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Legatum Institute's Business Forum hosted a conversation with Greg Hands, Minister of State in the Department for International Trade. The conversation included discussion of free trade deals, the challenges and big opportunities for trade in a post Brexit world, and what British business can do to export more.

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy: Identity Politics and the Culture of Victimhood with Michael Ramsden

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The only feeling that is better than being right, in today's culture, is being "wronged". Michael Ramsden asks: As we increasingly identify ourselves as victims of someone else's decisions and call for opposing voices to be silenced, are we heading into a situation where one kind of freedom trumps another?

The Economy: An Optimists View with Mervyn King

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Legatum Institute was pleased to welcome Mervyn King (Lord King of Lothbury) to speak on his optimistic outlook for the British and global economies.

The Opportunities and Challenges for Britain in a New Post-Brexit Era with Charles Moore

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Charles Moore in leading a conversation on “The opportunities and challenges for Britain in a new post-Brexit era” at a round table event.

Charles Moore acknowledged that Brexit had marked the triumph of a sovereign state. The example set by the English people was being studied across Europe – and might well be copied across the continent. This was not to ignore, however, the very real challenges, in terms of the movement of goods and people, that could still hinder prosperity, even if temporarily.

Ethics in the Media

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to be hosting a discussion on “Ethics in the Media”, the inaugural event in the Cultural Transformation Programme. 

Economic Model for Britain post Brexit: The Innovation Economy with the Chair of the PM's Policy Board

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Legatum Institute’s  Business Forum will host a conversation with George Freeman, Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board and MP for Mid Norfolk. He will discuss the crucial role of the ‘innovation economy’ in post-Brexit Britain.

Shanker's Trade Tour

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission's Chair Shanker Singham is currently travelling through India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.  

Brexit Trade Briefing with the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Last week the Legatum Institute hosted the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), in London.

Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Conference in London

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to host the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), from Monday 6 February – Wednesday 8 February, in London.

Shanker Singham appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions Friday 27 January 8pm

Friday, 27 January 2017

Director of the the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham appeared on the BBC Radio 4 News and Current Affairs panel discussion programme Any Questions  Friday 27th January 8pm 


The Opportunities and Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs: The case for Zambia

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Following a recent, well attended, visit to the Legatum Institute last year, the Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia, Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina returned to explain how her country is trying to make the business environment there more attractive for women to set up as entrepreneurs.

Hear what she had to say (here)

Brexit: A Pathway Forward

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(from left to right) Shanker Singham, Director of the Economics of Prosperity Programme, David Davis, State Secretary for Exiting the EU, Tim Hames (Director General of the BVCA) and Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute.

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, expanded on the strategy for Brexit negotiations, the most important and sensitive task for the UK Government in the coming months. 

He confirmed the Government's intention to trigger Article 50 at the end of March 2017, begining the two year period of negotiation with the EU and that their intention was to “minimise the costs and maximise the benefits” of whatever the relationship would be in the future.

We were extremely grateful for the support of the BVCA for this event