The Global Business Dialogue (GBD) was an early 21st century association dedicated to advancing the global dialogue on trade and trade policy. The members were people from corporations, law firms, embassies, and private individuals, all of whom shared a belief in the value of trade and the power of government policies to shape cross-border commerce. A company by the same name, the Global Business Dialogue, Inc., provided the secretariat for the association.
GBD was established in March 2000 and closed its doors in December 2021. In those 22 years, GBD was primarily known for the trade policy events it held in Washington DC and for the TTALK Quotes – quotations and commentaries –it published each week. And there were special projects as well. For example, GBD participated in several WTO ministerial meetings, including those in Qatar in 2001, Cancun in 2003, and Hong Kong in 2005. It was the Washington policy events and the TTALK Quotes, however, that were the mainstays of the Global Business Dialogue.
Headstone & Broadside.
Remembrance. This website is meant to serve both as a headstone and as a broadside. For the association, the company, and its past events, it is a headstone, a marker for things – and sadly in too many cases – for people who once were but are no more. The heart of that remembrance is a profound appreciation for all of those who made the Global Business Dialogue possible.
New Developments. From time to time, this site may also serve as a broadside, connecting the past with the present and perhaps as well the anticipated future.
TTALK Quotes. Including, we expect, more TTALK Quotes. It has been almost a year since we published the last quote in this series. Our plan is to restart that project this fall. The future TTALK Quotes, however, will not be published by a corporation or in the name of an association. They will be simply the personal contributions of their editor (which, in a sense, they always were). We’ll post a notice here when the first of the revised TTALK Quotes comes out.
Thanks for visiting.
R. K. Morris
Site Editor &
Former President of the Global Business Dialogue, Inc.