E15 Initiative: Strengthening the International Trading System

The E15 initiative aims to develop a set of policy options and promote strategic dialogue regarding the evolution of the international trading system. By connecting the foremost experts and decision-makers from private, public and civil society sectors,the project seeks to stimulate a more informed debate about how trade policy and institutions can best be adapted to the highly interconnected global economy of the 21st century.


This public-private collaboration aims to shape the international trade and investment policy agenda for the next decade. 

Phase I - To provide a set of detailed policy options, the E15 Initiative has convened around 400 leading international experts and 15 partner institutions through 80+ workshops. 
Outputs include:

  • Approximately 18 sets of policy options on different topics, developed by multistakeholder expert groups and published on a rolling basis between 2013 and 2015. Each group will also publish discussion papers examining key facets of the topic.
  • A rolling process of multistakeholder policy dialogue in Forum regional and global summits that both provides input into expert group deliberations and considers their output.
  • Publication of an edited volume of policy options, timed to correspond with the WTO’s 20th anniversary in 2015
  • Publication of an edited monograph consolidating the policy options into overarching broader recommendations for the international trade and investment system for the next decade. 
Phase II – The E15 will shortly enter a phase of collation, classification and prioritization of policy options, followed by their insertion into an impactful narrative. This will launch the most impactful phase of the initiative bridging between the innovative proposals sets out in Phase I, business demand, societal expectations and government realities, to deliver progress.
Outputs include:
  • Policy community partial soft launch at the WTO Ministerial and Launch of policy options at Davos
  • Establish regional consultative groups and use Forum regional and global summits as an opportunity for outreach, test & tailor policy proposals to several audiences. 
  • Enrich partnerships established with OECD, UNCTAD, ITC, Harvard CID, Bruegel, etc.
  • A parallel virtual dialogue – hosted on the Global Agenda Platform – establishing a leading virtual community of foremost academic and business trade experts and trade policy-makers.
  • Sectorial implication deep-dive dialogues (i.e. Competition Policy and Healthcare) and delivery coalition meetings for selected policy areas (including establishment of regional consultative and refinement workshops at Forum regional and global summits) and Governments.
  • In addition to exposure via the Forum's high level convening the policy options will be integrated as tightly as possible to the key economic agenda advanced by leading economic fora such as OECD, G20/B20, APEC.