World Trade Centers Association report identifies key drivers enabling cities to act as centers of economic stability and growth amid shifting policy
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Trade and Investment Report reveals networks, human capital and connective infrastructure as key variables in member cities
WASHINGTON, D.C. | 12 June 2018 – The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) unveiled its first-ever “WTCA Trade & Investment Report: Global Connections, Local Growth” at a private event at the Foreign Policy (FP) Group Offices. The report was conducted in partnership with FP Analytics and reveals that cities are positioned to lead in this time of geopolitical turmoil by focusing on stakeholder networks, human capital and connective infrastructure.
According to the study, 71 percent of WTCA members polled believe that a significant disruption in trade and investment is likely to occur this year with investments being put on hold amid global economic uncertainty. Additional key findings include:
“These findings show that not only do our WTCA members have their fingers on the pulse of their local economies, but they can deliver great insight into the issues impacting the larger trade and investment communities,” said Scott Ferguson, chief executive officer of the WTCA. “By leveraging our global network, members help to integrate their home cities into the international marketplace, which can have a profound positive effect on the strength and resilience of the economy by drawing Foreign Direct Investment, increasing exports and generating jobs.”
The results of the full report are available for download at www.WTCAReports.org.
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About the WTCA 2018 Trade and Investment Report
This study, conducted in partnership with the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), is a product of original city-level data analysis, as well as polling and interviews with WTCA members around the world. Cities with a WTCA member constitute more than $26.7 trillion, or more than 35 percent of global GDP, and are home to nearly 1 billion people. Capturing insights from this unique global network of World Trade Centers (WTCs) in more than 300 cities and nearly 100 countries, this analysis seeks to shed light on how global economic trends are shaping trade and investment at the local level, and the innovative ways cities and World Trade Centers are navigating this “new normal,” building global connections to drive local growth.
About the World Trade Centers Association
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 300 highly-connected, mutually-supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more visit www.wtca.org.
 City-level data for WTCA cities include GDP, FDI inflows, exports, employment, foreign citizens, airport traffic, mobile connectivity, and education. FDI inflows represent greenfield FDI and do not include mergers and acquisitions, as such data are not tracked and reported on a consistent basis.
 GDP is for 225 cities for which data were available.