The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Global Enabling Trade Report 2008. Published for the first time, the report aims to present a cross-country analysis of the large number of measures facilitating trade and covers 118 economies worldwide. Agility actively provided guidance to the direction of the report that will play a significant role in facilitating global trade.

The report is intended to support individuals and organizations wanting to improve the trade efficiency in their respective countries of business. “It is of immense importance to establish a dialogue between governments and the private sector on how to improve economies by enabling trade country by country. The report is the first—and already a very good—tool for this,” says Tarek Sultan, Chairman and Managing Director of Agility who is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Logistics & Transportation Industry at the WEF.

The Enabling Trade Index, featured in the report, measures the factors, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders, and to their destination. The Enabling Trade Index was developed within the context of the Forum’s Industry Partnership Program for the Logistics and Transport sector in close collaboration with the project’s data partners: Global Express Association (GEA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), The World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Forum also received important input from its Industry Partners and other leading logistics providers.

The full report, highlights and country profiles can be downloaded at: