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ITIF Launches New Alliance of Global Think Tanks Dedicated to Liberalizing Trade, Spurring Innovation, and Curbing Innovation Mercantilism

July 11, 2016

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), one of the world’s top science and technology think tanks, today announced the launch of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance, an international network of think tanks that conduct evidence-based research into policies that can foster greater trade liberalization, curb “innovation mercantilism,” and encourage governments to play proactive roles in spurring innovation and productivity. The Alliance includes 10 founding members from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It will continue to add new members in coming months.

“In the last 20 years, the global economy has become tightly integrated as cross-border trade has drawn countries together and created new opportunities to boost growth and development,” said Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice president for global innovation policy, who is spearheading this effort. “Globalization can generate lasting, worldwide prosperity, but only if all countries share a commitment to playing by the rules and fostering across-the-board, innovation-based growth strategies. We are launching the Alliance to help address these issues, which we view as the great economic challenge of our times.”

All Alliance members have signed a Statement of Shared Principles, with the goal of advancing a global agenda that encourages greater market- and rules-based global competition and trade liberalization, while at the same time championing a vital, constructive role for governments in accelerating growth and prosperity through greater innovation.

The founding members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance include:

  • C.D. Howe Institute (Canada)
  • Center for Social and Economic Research (Poland)
  • Fundación Idea (Mexico)
  • ICRIER (India)
  • Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (United States)
  • The Legatum Institute (United Kingdom)
  • The Lisbon Council (Belgium)
  • Shanghai Institute of Science and Technology Policy (China)
  • Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis (Sweden)
  • TicTac de la CCIT (Colombia)

The Alliance will highlight and cross-pollinate member organizations’ work on trade, globalization, and innovation policy, and create opportunities to collaborate on events, research and reports, and policy development on related topics.

“We hope that by joining together, the Alliance will be a one-stop-shop for policymakers looking to seize the benefits of maximizing global innovation: improved standards of living in more-developed and less-developed countries alike,” concluded Ezell.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Recognized by its peers in the think tank community as the global center of excellence for science and technology policy, ITIF’s mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.

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