Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to speak at TFWA duty free summit

By Luke Barras-hill |


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TFWA has announced that erstwhile UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will deliver the keynote address at this year’s World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes (29 Sept – 4 Oct).

Blair will share his experience working in frontline UK and international politics, his thoughts on the Brexit process [and then-looming deadline], foreign policy and other pressing geopolitical issues. 

During a ten-year stint (2007-2017) occupying the highest political office in the UK, Blair was instrumental in the rise of the ‘New Labour’ government, investing in education and healthcare, championing equality, tackling climate change and raising awareness of global poverty.

Domestically, he played a major role in securing the Good Friday Agreement with Northern Ireland.

However, it was his backing of the US-led coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003 – the subject of a major UK public inquiry – that he is perhaps most remembered for.

Alain Maingreaud, TFWA President, said; “As always at the TFWA World Conference, our aim is to engage speakers who can help us better understand the times in which we live and do business.

“Our keynote speaker this year is someone with unrivalled experience of regional and global politics, who is able to address the often complex issues that are shaping the world economy. We are delighted to welcome Mr Blair to Cannes and look forward to hearing his thoughts on a wide range of issues.”


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