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Stephen Olson at Chinese Development Institute Conference

 

 Clyde Prestowitz giving presentation to CDI...

 

Steve Olson teaching trade negotiations at the Mekong Institute...

 

Stephen Olson to speak at upcoming workshop organized by the International Institute for Trade and Development on 

"Economics of GMS Agricultural trade in goods and services towards the world market"

Chiangmai, Thailand Sep 8-12.

Articles and Blogs

Use the sub-menu items for the most recent articles or blog posts from ESI’s senior team

 

Clients and Partners

A partial listing of ESIC’s clients and partners include:

  • The Government of Israel
  • The Mexican Business Roundtable, in cooperation with the Government of Mexico
  • The Mexican Manufacturers Group
  •  Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Irish Development Authority
  • Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Finnish Foreign Ministry.
  • Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (formerly)
  • Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • U.S.-Israeli Bi-National Industrial Research and Development Foundation
  • US-Israeli Bi-National Science Association
  • U.S.-Israel Bi-National Agricultural Research and Development Foundation
  • U.S. Air Force
  • The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission

 

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Intel
  • Deacero, Mexico
  • Fedex
  • Nokia    
  • AT&T
  • Applied Materials
  • Motorola
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • GE
  • Southern Bell Telephone
  • The ARTOC Group for Investment and Development, Cairo, Egypt
  • Frontier Advisory, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Smadja and Smadja

 

  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Kearney Foundation
  • Sloan Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • The China Development Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum
  • The Pacific Basin Economic Council
  • The Southeast Asia Ministers for Education Organization (SEAMEO)
  • The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP)
 

Work Products and Case Studies

As described in the “What We Do” section, ESIC provides a range of products and services to its corporate, government, non-governmental, and institutional clients.  Samples or case studies on some of this work are provided below:

Strategic and Competitiveness Assessment

ESIC undertakes major studies and assessments on behalf of sovereign clients which help form the basis for rejuvenated national, provincial, or city competitiveness strategies.  

  • SAMPLE:  ESIC conducted a major commissioned competitiveness study for the government of Israel.  Click here to access the complete report.

Research and Analysis

ESIC provides research and analysis on a range of economic and strategic issues.  

  • SAMPLE:  ESIC produced an extended research study for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission which analyzed the evolving role of China in international institutions.  Click here to access the complete report.

Commercial and Business Services

ESIC provide a range of bespoke services to assist companies in assessing and successfully entering foreign markets.

  • CASE STUDY:  An African technology company was interested in developing business contacts in Beijing and Seoul, and surveying and assessing market opportunities in China and Korea.  ESIC organized a bespoke business mission for the company’s senior executives, and put together an intensive 7 day program of meetings in both cities with pre-screened technology companies, and government and trade and investment promotion officials.  Meetings were also scheduled with analysts in both countries to provide a more independent viewpoint.  The slate of meetings were supplemented by briefings and lectures on the practical realities of doing business in both countries, and advice on following up on the business leads generated.

Government and Institutional Affairs

ESIC provides a number of services to help clients successfully manage the variety of ways their interests and activities are impacted by governmental entities or international institutions.   ESIC also assists governments and institutions execute their missions and objectives, especially as they relate to engagement with the private sector.

  • CASE STUDY:   A Middle Eastern client needed to understand the dynamics behind the decision-making process on a potential high-level US-government visit to the Middle East.  ESIC was able to identify the key officials involved in the process, as well as the factors most likely to impact their decision making.

Conferences and Seminars

ESIC provides a variety of services to help it partners organize, develop and execute world-class CEO-level conferences and seminars.   

  • CASE STUDY:   The APEC CEO Summit is generally considered to be the most important annual business conference in the Asia Pacific region.  This event was convened in Los Cabos, Mexico in 2002.  ESIC played a leadership role in the organization and management of the event, including development of the substantive agenda and intellectual content, recruitment of high-level government and private sector speakers, and sponsorship and corporate partnership development and recruitment.  The Los Cabos CEO Summit was considered to be one of the most  successful to date.
 

Who We Are

ESI Consulting (ESIC) is the consulting arm of the Economic Strategy Institute, a prominent and well-regarded Washington DC think tank established in 1989.  ESIC provides a variety of services to corporate, government, non-governmental, and institutional clients around the world.  

ESIC’s management, staff, and associates include recognized global thought leaders, and former corporate executives and government officials, based in the US as well as key international markets.  In delivering its services, ESIC is able to draw from a deep well of professional expertise and a strong network of relationships with influential government and business leaders in the major economic and strategic centers of the world.

ESIC’s overriding mission is to provide practical, actionable intelligence, insight, and analysis which meets the precise needs of the client, and is delivered in a manner which reflects the highest standards of professional integrity and quality.  ESIC’s intellectual approach springs from the philosophical perspective of the Economic Strategy Institute -- that globalization is both inevitable and desirable, but that the exact terms on which it is carried out will shape the results, both positive and negative.     

Detailed descriptions of the various services ESIC provides are contained under the What We Do section.

 

What We Do

ESIC provides a range of services to its corporate, government, non-governmental, and institutional clients. All projects are custom-tailored to meet the precise needs of the client, and broadly speaking fall under one or more of the following five primary areas of practice:

♦ Strategic and Competitiveness Assessment
♦ Research and Analysis
♦ Commercial and Business Services
♦ Government and Institutional Affairs
♦ Conferences and Seminars

Strategic and Competitiveness Assessment

ESIC undertakes major studies and assessments on behalf of sovereign clients which help form the basis for rejuvenated national, provincial, or city competitiveness strategies. ESIC has already successfully undertaken such studies for clients in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Issues covered by these strategic and competiveness assessments typically include a diagnosis of the current situation, bench-marking against relevant competitors, an analysis of threats and opportunities moving forward, and original, results-oriented recommendations.

Research and Analysis

ESIC provides research and analysis on a range of economic and strategic issues. The specific products and services ESIC can provide include:

Commissioned Studies: ESIC produces major commissioned research studies on global public policy debates, and trade, investment, and strategic issues.

Intelligence Reports: ESIC produces custom-tailored intelligence reports which keep clients apprised on a regular basis of key developments in specific countries or regions.

Advocacy Pieces: ESIC produces advocacy pieces to advance a particular viewpoint or recommendation on policy or strategic issues. These typically take the form of position papers or opinion articles placed in influential newspaper, magazines, or journals.

Political Risk Analysis: ESIC helps its corporate clients make informed and intelligent decisions about the level of political risk in a given country under consideration.

Commercial and Business Services

ESIC provide a range of bespoke services to assist companies in assessing and successfully entering foreign markets. The specific services ESIC can provide include:

Business Missions: ESIC organizes intensive business missions for its corporate clients, typically 7 days in duration and covering one or two cities, depending on the needs and interests of the client. A full program of relevant meetings (business, government, academia or analytical) are arranged. ESIC staff lead these missions "on the ground" and deliver background briefings and lectures on the business, economic, and political environment in the countries visited.

Market Assessment: ESIC undertakes original research and analysis to help companies assess the relative competitiveness of their products or services in the foreign market under consideration.

Entry Strategies: Based on the market assessment, ESIC helps companies craft a winning market entry strategy.

Government and Institutional Affairs

ESIC provides a number of services to help clients successfully manage the variety of ways their interests and activities are impacted by governmental entities or international institutions. ESIC also assists governments and institutions execute their missions and objectives, especially as they relate to engagement with the private sector.

Government Analysis: ESIC is able to identify the key levers of power within governments and the viewpoints of key officials on specific policy issues. ESIC analyzes the likely impact of particular government initiatives, especially in the realm of trade and investment initiatives. ESIC does not however engage in direct lobbying activities.

Government or Institutional Outreach: ESIC also provides services on behalf of government agencies or international institutions with a mandate to facilitate investment or trade. ESIC provides executive training and the development support materials to build the capacity of companies, especially in less developed economies, to take full advantage of trade and investment agreements, and the opportunities they present. ESIC can also assist local or national governments develop successful investment promotion programs.

Conferences and Seminars

ESIC provides a variety of services to help it partners organize, develop and execute world-class CEO-level conferences and seminars. In addition to a long track record of convening such events under the aegis of the Economic Strategy Institute, ESIC has also worked as a partner and provided support to other events of global stature, including the APEC CEO Summit. The specific services ESIC can provide include:

Program development and intellectual content: ESIC can craft a program which speaks to the cutting edge issues in a region or industry, and will challenge, intrigue, and edify participants.

Corporate Sponsorships: Utilizing its wide international network of corporate contacts, ESIC can identify, approach and secure corporate sponsors. ESIC can also develop a competitive menu of sponsorships benefits to be marketed to prospective corporate partners.

Delegate and Speaker Recruitment: ESIC can use its networks to assist in recruitment a top-notch pool of speakers and delegates.

 

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