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.
SERBIA, BOSNIA AND MONTENEGRO
FREE TRADE ZONES
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"
Belgrade, 20 June 2018 – TRACIT and the EIU issued a report on illicit trade in the Balkan states of Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia. The report shows that the sub-region is facing significant challenges in protecting its economies from illicit trade. In response to this threat, TRACIT has released a set of policy recommendations intended to be a starting point for discussion with government officials in the region. Read the press release: "Balkan States Shown Vulnerable to Illicit Trade"
Costa Rica, 16 August 2018 – TRACIT addressed government officials and industry stakeholders during a conference on Illicit trade, hosted by the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). The conference featured a presentation on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, which ranks Costa Rica 46th of 84 countries evaluated on the extent they enable or prevent illicit trade.
Read the press release: "Costa Rica Shown Vulnerable to Illicit Trade" / "Costa Rica Se Muestra Vulnerable al Comercio Ilícito"
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 5 September 2018 – TRACIT called for Myanmar to urgently step up efforts to fight illicit trade at the 2018 Anti-Illicit Trade Forum, hosted by EuroCham Myanmar. Myanmar is at the bottom of the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, ranking 82nd of 84 countries evaluated on the extent they enable or prevent illicit trade. To encourage an effective response to illicit trade, TRACIT Director-General Jeff Hardy presented government officials and industry stakeholders with a set of policy recommendations tailored for Myanmar.
Read the press release: "Myanmar at Bottom of Global Index on Illicit Trade"
Bogota, Colombia, 18 October 2018 – TRACIT urged Colombia to work with the private sector to develop a comprehensive and effective anti-illicit trade program to curb illicit goods that harm legitimate businesses, workers, consumers and governments. Colombia ranks 43 out of 84 on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, primarily because of issues around transparency and governance of its Free Trade Zones (FTZs).
Read the press release: "Colombia and Latin America Must Crack Down on Illegal Trade" / "Colombia y América Latina Deben Combatir el Comercio Ilegal"
Tunis, 25 October 2018 – TRACIT encouraged Tunisia to crack down on illicit trade during a special event hosted the American Chamber of Commerce Tunisia. Tunisia ranks 53rd out of 84 countries evaluated on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index. TRACIT presented a set of policy recommendations to stop the surge in illicit trade that is flooding North Africa and drowning out economic development opportunities. Read the press release: "Tunisia and Neighbors in North Africa Must Crack Down on Illicit Trade"
European Launch of the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index
Serbia presentation of the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index
Costa Rica TV interview on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index
Myanmar Anti-Illicit Trade forum 2018 on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index
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