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Revolutionising the Digital Economic Future: ETDA 2023 and the Dawn of a New Era in Trade

Updated: Feb 14

The recent event, "Revolutionising the Digital Economic Future: Unleashing ETDA 2023", hosted by Mishcon de Reya LLP, marked a significant chapter in the digital transformation of the British economy. This pivotal gathering, co-ordinated with AG Midgley and led by industry visionaries, shone the spotlight on the Electronic Trade Documents Act (ETDA) 2023 – a groundbreaking piece of legislation that heralds a new era of digital trade.

Distinguished Panel of Experts

The event featured a constellation of industry experts, each contributing their unique perspectives on the digital economic future:

  • Professor Michael Mainelli, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, underscored the strategic importance of the ETDA in revolutionising trade documentation.

  • Nick Davies, Director of the ICC Centre for Digital Trade & Innovation, provided insights into the cutting-edge technologies shaping global trade.

  • Louis Flannery KC, Partner and Head of International Arbitration, delved into the legal intricacies and implications of digital transactions.

  • Dr. Miriam Goldby, Professor of Shipping, Insurance, and Commercial Law at Queen Mary University London, highlighted the impact of ETDA on shipping and insurance.

  • Tom Grogan, CEO of MDRx, shared his expertise on digital innovations and their transformative effect on traditional business models.

  • Professor Sarah Green, Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law at the Law Commission, discussed the legislative advancements and future prospects.

  • Grant Hunter, Director of Standards Innovation and Research at BIMCO, shed light on the standardisation and research in digital trade.

UK Goes Digital with ETDA 2023

The ETDA 2023, a visionary law, is set to revolutionise the way trade deals are settled – instantly, securely, and digitally. This Act represents the UK's progressive step towards fostering a robust digital economy. Esteemed speakers, including the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Professor Michael Mainelli, and other luminaries, emphasised the strategic significance of this Act, which integrates sophisticated digital technologies like Distributed Ledgers into mainstream economic activities.

Empowering the Digital Era

A key aspect of the ETDA 2023 is its empowerment of courts in England and Wales to make binding decisions on digital transactions, instilling legal certainty and confidence in the digital domain. This legislative development is anticipated to yield substantial economic benefits across various sectors, including construction, arbitration services, and financial services.

Real-World Impact

The International Chamber of Commerce's trials weren't just controlled experiments; they were tangible proof of the ETDA's power. In sectors like shipping and construction, businesses saw faster, more secure transactions and reduced paperwork. These are just the first steps, and the potential across industries is vast.

Collective Momentum

As a Freeman of the City of London, our CEO Sheyi Lisk-Carew was honored to witness the commitment of city officials like the Lord Mayor. This underscores a key point: the ETDA's success relies on all of us. Businesses, policymakers, and individuals must embrace this digital shift for it to truly transform our economy.

Shaping the Future: A Call for Cultural and Intellectual Adaptation

The ETDA 2023 is more than a legislative milestone; it is a call to action for all stakeholders to not only embrace this legislative shift but also adapt culturally and intellectually to the changing landscape of digital economic transactions. The "Revolutionising the Digital Economic Future: Unleashing ETDA 2023" event by Mishcon de Reya LLP stands as a beacon, urging active participation in sculpting a digitally proficient and economically strong future.

As we move forward, it's crucial to recognise the importance of this collective embrace and the role each one of us plays in shaping a future where digital economic transactions are as commonplace as their traditional counterparts. The ETDA 2023 is not just a legislative act; it's a transformative movement towards a digitally adept economy, and we are all key players in this exciting journey.

Join the Digital Revolution
  • For an in-depth understanding of the ETDA 2023 and its potential impact, download the Act:

Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023
Download PDF • 246KB

  • Explore the findings of the International Chamber of Commerce's trials:

Seizing the moment - Unleashing the potential of trade digitalisation report
Download PDF • 4.57MB

  • Engage with us to learn how you can be a part of this digital transformation:


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