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Supply chain leaders laud World Economic Forum Report

A widely used reference, it helps countries integrate global value chains and companies with their investment decisions.
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
January 23, 2013

The Forum’s biennial report, covering 132 economies worldwide, measures the abilities of economies to enable trade and highlights areas where improvements are most needed. A widely used reference, it helps countries integrate global value chains and companies with their investment decisions.

“We learn from this report that a supply chain approach to easing border barriers while maintaining quality, security and integrity is increasingly important to success in trade facilitation,” said Ronald Philip, Manager, Supply Chain & Transport Community at the World Economic Forum.

“These 2012 results demonstrate that the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement has facilitated trade since its entry into force in 2010,” said Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Senior Economist of the Global Competitiveness Network. “This year we also directly capture the most important obstacles to exporting and importing in each country, and note the strong links between import and export success.”

“Reports like the Enabling Trade Index should stimulate greater trade flows around the world,” said Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS. “The Index takes a comprehensive approach toward encouraging governments to make needed changes to their trade and customs measures. We need more countries focusing on ways to facilitate trade in the way that Singapore and other leading economies have. The business community also has a role to play in leveraging the new opportunities created.”

At the core of the report is the Enabling Trade Index, which measures institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to destination. It breaks the enablers into four issue areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and business environment. The Index uses a combination of data from publicly available sources, as well as the results of the Executive Opinion Survey, a comprehensive annual survey conducted by the World Economic Forum with its network of partner research institutes and business organizations in the countries included in the report.

About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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