Global Illicit Trade Environment Index
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index is commissioned by the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The Index evaluates 84 countries on their structural capability to guard against illicit trade, highlighting specific strengths and weaknesses across four policy areas:
The objective of the Index is to improve the knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment and economic circumstances that enable illicit trade. The research findings are valuable to (1) inform governments on the effectiveness of their efforts to fight illicit trade; (2) establish policy priorities and identify areas that merit greater attention; (3) encourage governments to strengthen their legislative and enforcement measures to combat illicit trade; and (4) provide companies and organizations with tools and messages to raise awareness and mobilize resources against illicit trade.
EIU Global Report and Regional Briefings
Building on the Index data, the EIU has published several papers that cover the global and regional results, focusing on how economies score on the Index, and delving into which regional economies are taking the most action, and which ones are doing little to address this issue. To access the EIU reports and regional briefings, visit our publications page.
TRACIT Policy Recommendations
To encourage an effective policy response to illicit trade, TRACIT has prepared a set of policy recommendations inspired by the thematic categories upon which the Index was constructed. The recommendations are universal in nature, providing a “checklist” of fundamental measures governments can implement to improve their ability to defend against illicit trade. To access TRACIT's policy recommendations, visit our publications page.
The inaugural launch of the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index was on June 7, 2018, in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City. Following the global launch of the Index, TRACIT and EIU will present the research and findings with stakeholders at a series of events in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, Maghreb, United States and Australia.
Regional and country briefings
The Global Index provides critical information for policy makers and all stakeholders to make informed decisions and formulate effective strategies to address the serious threats posed by illicit trade against the health and security of our societies.
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New York, 7 June 2018 – Today, TRACIT and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) release the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, ranking 84 countries on the extent they enable or prevent illicit trade. The Index was launched with simultaneous regional events in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City to raise awareness on this critical issue. Read the press releases:
New York: "Government and Stakeholders Must Do More to Fight Illicit Trade"
Hong Kong: "Asia Must Up its Game to Tackle Illegal Trade" / "亞洲須加強力度打擊非法貿易"
Brussels: "Europe Must Show Leadership, but also do More to Fight Illicit Trade"
Panama City: "Panama and Latin America Must Crack Down on Illegal Trade" / "Panamá y América Latina deben acabar con el comercio ilegal"
Companies and relevant organizations have helped us develop this work by sponsoring our research and collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Sponsors play a key role in realizing the production of this new important tool to improve the knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment and economic circumstances that enable illicit trade, and to encourage governments to take action against illicit trade.
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