Contributors and acknowledgements
The Global Enabling Trade Report 2016 is jointly published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The International Trade and Investment system initiative informs global policy-making and supports practical steps to unlock the potential of trade and investment.
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth. Recognising that neither governments nor the private sector can deliver on the full potential of the TFA on their own, the World Economic Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Center for International Private Enterprise have joined forces with the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to leverage business expertise, leadership and resources to support effective trade facilitation reforms measured by real-world business metrics.
The Global Enabling Trade Report 2016 project was led by Thierry Geiger. The authors are Thierry Geiger, Attilio Di Battista, Sean Doherty, and Ilmari Soininen, all at the World Economic Forum.
Donia Hammami and Stephen Lloyd at ICC and Jose Raul Perales at CIPE conducted the interviews for, and wrote the Trader Stories featured in Chapter 1. The authors are very grateful to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to the Report: Evdokia Moisé and Silvia Sorescu at the OECD (in their personal capacity); Thomas Westergaard-Kabelmann at QBIS Consulting; and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The authors thank Michael Fisher for his excellent editing work and Neil Weinberg for his superb graphic design and layout.
Daniel Gomez Gaviria and Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz provided insightful feedback.
Finally, the authors thank Philippe Isler, Director of the Alliance’s Secretariat, and their colleagues of the World Economic Forum’s International Trade and Investment system initiative for their assistance: Francesca Bianchi, Kimberley Botwright, Andres Galeota, Susanne Hartmann (on secondment from GIZ), Katarina Hruba, Joanita Kalibala, Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle, and Prashanth Sitaraman.
Partner Institutes Of The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness And Risks Team
The World Economic Forum thanks its network of over 160 Partner Institutes, which help administer the Executive Opinion Survey around the world. The Survey provides invaluable data for the production of this Report. The full list of Partner Institutes is available at: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GCR2016-2017/01Frontmatter/3GCR2016-2017PartnerInstitutes.pdf.
The Forum and the Alliance would like to thank the following experts and their respective organizations for providing privileged access to their data and for their guidance, without which the production of this Report would not have been possible:
At the Global Express Association
Carlos Grau Tanner, Director General
At the International Trade Centre (ITC)
Mondher Mimouni, Chief, Market Analysis and Research
Xavier Pichot, Market Analyst, Market Analysis and Research
Ezequiel Guicovsky Lizarraga, Senior Business Development Officer, Division of Business and Institutional Support
At the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics
At the World Trade Organization
Sheri Rosenow, Coordinator, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility
At the World Bank
Christina Busch, Trade Logistics & Facilitation, International Trade Unit
Augusto Lopez Claros, Director, Global Indicators Group
Valentina Saltane and Ines Zabalbeitia Mugica, Doing Business Project, Global Indicator Group
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The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this work do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Alliance’s Steering Group.