Today’s podcast is dedicated to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2012. Published every two years, the report ranks 132 countries according to their abilities to enable trade, highlighting areas where improvements are most needed. A widely used reference, it helps countries integrate global value chains and companies with their investment decisions.

Report co-authors Robert Lawrence, a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Sean Doherty, Head of the Supply Chain and Transportation Industry at the World Economic Forum; and Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Senior Economist at the World Economic Forum, tell us about the methodology behind the report, why it is important and who tops the list.

We also hear from Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, who gives us his thoughts on the report and why it is a useful tool.