Macdonald-Laurier InstituteMLI is teaming with 16 other think tanks to pursue the best ideas on innovation, global competition and trade liberalization

OTTAWA, May 31, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute today announced that it is joining the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance, an international network of think tanks dedicated to explaining the benefits of greater trade liberalization, curbing “innovation mercantilism,” and encouraging governments to play proactive roles in spurring innovation and productivity.

With the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, the Alliance now has 16 members from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It will continue to add new members in coming months.

“Liberalized trade and a robust innovation agenda are the seeds from which great nations grow”, said Brian Lee Crowley, MLI’s Managing Director.

“We couldn’t be happier to unite with this group of global organizations that are just as committed to their countries’ well-being as the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is to Canada’s”.

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.

Members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance now include:

  • Bay Area Council Economic Institute (United States)
  • C.D. Howe Institute (Canada)
  • Center for Global Enterprise (United States)
  • Center for Social and Economic Research (Poland)
  • Competere (Italy)
  • Free Market Foundation (South Africa)
  • Fundación Idea (Mexico)
  • Geneva Network (United Kingdom)
  • ICRIER (India)
  • Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (United States)
  • The Legatum Institute (United Kingdom)
  • The Lisbon Council (Belgium)
  • Macdonald-Laurier Institute (Canada)
  • Shanghai Institute of Science and Technology Policy (China)
  • Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis (Sweden)
  • TicTac de la CCIT (Colombia)

The Alliance highlights and cross-pollinates member organizations’ work on trade, globalization, and innovation policy, and creates opportunities to collaborate on events, research and reports, and policy development on related topics.

“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,” said Stephen Ezell, vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who is spearheading this effort. “We launched the Alliance to help address these issues, which we view as the great economic challenge of our times. We hope that by joining together, the Alliance can 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.”

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The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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