Urs Gasser and John Palfrey have
continued to contribute to the World Trade Institute’s NCCR Trade Policy projectwith a particular focus on the interoperability as an enabler of innovation and
creativity in international trade. Over the course of two years, this project
has developed three in-depth exploratory studies.
Each study explores the various institutions, policies and approaches that
shape the interoperability landscape and investigates the effects of these
factors and drivers on trade in the globalized economy.
The series examines: (i) to what extent and how interoperability has contributed to the promotion of
international trade; (ii) what respective roles international organizations have played in concert
with other stakeholders with regard to interoperability and international
trade; (iii) what policies and approaches to supporting interoperability have been
used, and with what results; and (iv) what can be learned from these experiences with regard to emerging
interoperability issues in the context of international trade.