Trade as a Growth Driver

Role: Trade Taskforce aims to convey the voice of business community on the latest challenges and required policy responses in the area of global trade.

Mission: The Trade Taskforce aims to represent a diversity of views of business community from a variety of regions and industries all united by passion to develop more opened and transparent global free trade as a major driver of economic growth and job creation across the world.

Targets: Recommendations to G20 leaders and their incorporation in G20 resolutions, further monitoring of their realization.


  • Identification of the top issues on trade agenda which could be further prioritized and communicated to G20 leaders.
  • Development of the recommendations which should be practically-oriented, constructive and based on the areas of consensus for the global business community.


Chairman: Aleksey Mordashov

CEO of Severstal. Year of birth: 1965. 

Alexey Mordashov has worked for Severstal since 1988. He started his career as a senior shop economist, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 1992 before being appointed in December 1996 as Severstal's Chief Executive Officer.

In June 2002, he was elected Chairman of Severstal's Board of Directors and served as Chief Executive Officer of Severstal Group. Since December 2006, he has been Chief Executive Officer of Severstal.

Alexey serves on the Entrepreneurs Council of the Government of the Russian Federation. In addition, he is a member of the Russian- German workgroup responsible for strategic economic and finance issues, and head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs' (RSPP) Committee on Integration, Trade and Customs Policy and WTO Policy. 

Since March 2006 he has been a member of the EU-Russia Business Cooperation Council. He is also a member of the Atlantic Council President's International Advisory Board.

Alexey earned his undergraduate degree from the Leningrad Institute of Engineering and Economics. He also holds an MBA degree from Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University (Newcastle UK). Alexey was granted honorary doctorates from the Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics in 2001 and from the University of Northumbria in 2003.

BusinessEurope beur Co-chairman
Korea International Trade Association - KITA  KITA Participant
U.S. Chamber of
Chamber Participant
The McGraw-Hill
mc Co-chairman
The Dow Chemical
 chemical Participant
FedEx         fex Leadership in
Trade Facilitation subgroup
Fives        fives Participant
Nestle       nestle Participant
Metro Group       metro1 Leadership in
Fighting Protectionism subgroup
Union of
Chambers and
Commodity Exchanges of Turkey      
Turkey Participant
Severstal      severstal Chairman
Hyundai Motor         Hyundai Motor Participant
Posco       Posco Participant
SEB        seb Participant
John Deere       Deere Participant
Tenaris       Tenaris Participant
Federation of
German Industries(BDI)     
Federation of German Industries BDI Participant
Confindustria          Confindustria Participant
TÜSIAD          TÜSIAD Participant
Ashok Leyland           Ashok Leyland Participant
Confederation of
Indian Industry         
Confederation of Indian Industry Participant
Global Foundation       Global Foundation Participant
Bayer CropScience             Bayer CropScience Participant
Alcoa         Alcoa Participant
Mercedes-Benz Russia Participant
Volkswagen Group
Volkswagen Group Rus Participant
Microsoft Corporation         microsoft   Participant
Abbott            Abbott Participant
EXIAR          EXIAR  Participant
BCG       BCG    Leadership in
Free Trade
Agreements subgroup
McKinsey          McKinsey Leadership in
Trade as a driver
of economic
growth and
jobs creation subgroup
OECD        OECD Expert
WTO        WTO    Expert


1.Evidence of the importance of trade in economic growth and jobs creation and new, innovative ways to promote free trade globally;

2.Trade Facilitation: what new ideas could be offered to identify and spread best global practices in customs efficiency, customs administration and cross-border logistics, to facilitate trade relations and reduce businesses costs;

3.Fighting protectionism: what other instruments in addition to existing report initiated by G20 leaders could be established;

4.The current spread of Free Trade Agreements, new challenges and opportunities and ways to make them more transparent and inclusive to enhance the global free trade.

 Recommended event: OECD International Business Dialogue-2013


External event

Internal event







12th December 2013


Kotelnicheskaya 17

Kick-off Meeting of Trade Taskforce participants

18 January 2013


Meeting of Co-Chairman A. Mordashov with Director-General of WTO Mr. Pascal Lamy

21 February 2013

Kotelnicheskaya 17

1st Trade Taskforce Sherpas' Working Meeting

(chaired by Mr. Mordashov)

3-4 March 2013


G20 Sherpas Meeting

(Co-Chairman A. Mordashov will present the preliminary report of Trade Taskforce to G20 Sherpas)

4-5 March 2013


OECD Headquarters

2, rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

(Speaker: Trade Taskforce Sherpa A. Laptev)

18 March 2013


Russian Business Weeak

Round table: Trade as a driver of economic growth and adaptation of Russian industries to WTO

22 April 2013



ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Late April 2013


2nd Trade Taskforce Sherpas' Working Meeting

(chaired by Mr. Mordashov)

21 May 2013


1st Conference Call of Trade Taskforce's CEOs

29 May 2013


OECD-G20 Stocktaking seminar on global value chains

(Speaker: representative of Trade Taskforce)

20-22June 2013



(Speakers: Co-Chairmen of Trade Taskforce and invited heads of international trade organizations)

3 July2013


2nd Conference Call of Trade Taskforce's CEOs

15 July 2013


Submission of B20 Trade Taskforce report to G20 leaders

Trade as a Growth Driver Taskforce presented recommendations on the most challenging problems of the global trade agenda during the B20 Summit

20 June, 2013, Saint-Petersburg - The B20 Trade as a Growth Driver Taskforce presented a set of practical, results-oriented recommendations for the forthcoming G20 Summit in September 2013 and discussed them with representatives of the global business community, Pascal Lamy, Director-General of WTO and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD during the B20 Summit in Saint-Petersburg.

Conference "Trade as a driver of economic growth and adaptation of Russian industries to WTO"

On March 18 the conference - Trade as a driver of economic growth and adaptation of Russian industries to WTO - was held in the framework of the Russian Business Week. It was organized in cooperation with RSPP Committee on trade and customs policies and WTO, in line the priorities of Russia's presidency in B20.

B20 Trade Task Force Urges G20 to Focus on Three Key Action Areas

Moscow, March 6, 2013: Alexey Mordashov, co-chairman of the B20 Trade Task Force, presented the group’s preliminary recommendations for tackling the most challenging global trade issues to the G20 Sherpas during their meeting on 3-4 March in Moscow.  

The Trade Taskforce of the Business 20 urges the completion of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in 2013.

1 March 2013, Moscow:   The Trade Taskforce of the Business 20 urges the completion of the WTO
Trade Facilitation Agreement in 2013 to help boost the global economy.

1st Trade Taskforce Sherpas Meeting, 21st February 2013, Moscow

On 21st February 2013, Trade Taskforce is hosting a meeting for all Taskforce participants.
The meeting will be dedicated to the review and discussion of preliminary recommendations of
Trade Taskforce to G20. 

Taskforce Sherpa
Andrey Laptev

Head of Corporate Strategy Department at OJSC Severstal
E-mail: /
Tel: +7 495 926 77 66 ext. 6315

Taskforce Coordinator
Ekaterina Kolesnik
Corporate Strategy Manager at OJSC Severstal
E-mail: /
Tel: +7 495 926 77 66 ext. 6485


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