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Jun 05

Connecting to Compete 2014: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

Co-hosted by The World Bank

Join us as the World Bank presents the findings of

Connecting to Compete 2014: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy, a report based on the Bank’s most recent Logistics Performance Index, which compares countries' logistics performance and helps identify weaknesses. The report presentation will be followed by discussion among a panel that will include representatives from logistics and logistics-dependent industries.

Connecting to Compete 2014: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy ranks 160 countries on a number of trade dimensions – including customs performance, infrastructure quality, and timeliness of shipments – that have increasingly been recognized as important to development. The data comes from a survey of more than 1,000 logistics professionals. The World Bank Group’s International Trade Unit has produced the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) about every two years since 2007. This year's survey finds that the gap between the countries that perform best and worst in trade logistics is still quite large, despite a slow convergence since 2007. This gap persists because of the complexity of logistics-related reforms and investment in developing countries, and despite the almost universal recognition that poor supply-chain efficiency is the main barrier to trade integration in the modern world.

More About the Speakers

Jean-Francois Arvis

Senior Transport Economist, World Bank Group

Panelists
Norm Schenk
Vice President, Global Customs Policy and Public Affairs, United Parcel Service (UPS)

Brian Bieron
Director of Government Relations, eBay

Bryan Riley
Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

James M. Roberts James M. Roberts

Research Fellow For Economic Freedom and Growth Read More