The E15 engages key stakeholders – trade and investment policy makers, business and thought leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to explore and help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.

World Economic Forum Meetings

Press Conference: A New Trade and Investment Direction

22 January 2016 , Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

On Friday, 22 January, the E15Initiative released its policy options for reinvigorating the international trade and investment system at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos. Three years of discussions convening almost 400 top global experts in over 80 interactive dialogues with the support of 16 partnering institutions resulted in 17 thematic policy options papers, including climate change, digital trade, investment, oceans and fisheries, extractive industries and regional trade agreements. The initiative also compiled a Synthesis Report expanding on the significance of the proposals for progress on many of the international community’s most pressing imperatives.

Speaking at the Press Conference, Principal Conveners of the E15Initiative, Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, founder and Chief Executive of ICTSD, and Richard Samans, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, presented an overview of the results and outlined the significance of the findings for the future of global trade. They were joined by Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S; Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of International Trade; Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR); and Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Kenya.