International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 4, 2006

Advocacy for "Aid for Trade"
Aid for Trade has become an important element of the World Trade Organization's work in the past year, a job that requires it to take on an advocacy and coordination role.The heart of the Doha Development Agenda is a "trade and growth" agenda that is...
African Services Associations Meet
Service sector associations representing thousands of firms from 13 African countries met with South African construction, transportation and financial services firms at a "Bridges Across Borders" event in Centurion, South Africa, in November 2006.Construction,...
Aid for Trade: A Wider Scope
Interview with Ambassador Mia Horn af Rantzien, Chair, WTO Aid for Trade Task ForceGo beyond trade policy when addressing what you need to improve your country's trade performance, recommends the Aid for Trade Task Force.Q Is Aid for Trade worth it for...
Aid for Trade: We Can Do Better
Turning aid recipients into consumers, and enabling them to take charge of the process, will help to make aid for trade more effective."We in the developing countries must own the development agenda, and our partners have to align their support to our...
Asia Trust Fund Is on Track
This fast-track facility for trade assistance in Asia is responding well to new Asian needs.Since its launch in September 2004, the Asia Trust Fund (ATF) - funded mainly by the European Union (EU) - has been recognized as a demand-driven facility that...
Building Up Commercial Dispute Resolution in Africa
Commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution are gaining ground in African countries, helping to improve the investment and business climate.Over 20 African countries have set up arbitration and mediation centres since 1995, usually under...
Developing Your Message
Invest in developing your message - what drives you and makes you stand out.Working with educators, parliamentarians, journalists or others who influence the public can help build understanding of the potential of trade.The perspectives on public attitudes...
Getting the Framework Right
Country ownership, a stronger voice for business and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stronger institutional backing are essential lessons from a valuable process to coordinate trade assistance in the world's poorest countries.Despite some shortcomings,...
Has Public Support for Free Trade Reached Its Peak?
A recent survey in the United States and Europe indicates the challenge facing communicators in turning support for trade into further lowering of trade barriers.According to the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in all six countries it surveyed...
ITC Moves Forward
The views of ITC clients and donors are helping the new management team to shape the ITC of tomorrow, in a changing environment for trade development.ITC's new senior management is using the recommendations of a major external evaluation of ITC, led...
New Books and Technical Papers
Business Guide to Trade Remedies in Canada: Anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards legislation, practices and procedures181 pages, revised edition. Guide focusing on the Canadian trade remedy system. Provides an overview of the world trading environment...
Reporting on Trade: A Kenyan View
The media has a duty to inform the public about trade matters that affect their lives. But with limited resources and too little interaction with trade bodies, Southern journalists have a hard time.Covering trade issues in the South is no mean feat when...
Strengthening Trade Coverage in the Media
How can trade experts and journalists work together to make sense of global change?As world attention focuses on negotiations on the rules of international trade, one crucial aspect that remains largely ignored is the role of the media in both developed...
Talking Up Trade
In development circles, trade is becoming accepted as a way to address poverty. Among the broader public, however, few make the link between trade and poverty reduction. Trade is seen as an "insider" or elite topic, not a subject of dinner conversation.But...
Trade Forum Collection on Advocacy for Trade
Trade Forum articles address ways to build awareness of the potential of trade, from building coalitions to developing a national brand, to working with NGOs, students and journalists, to using web sites effectively, and more. These articles are available...
Trade Forum Online: Your Comments
Readers comment on Trade Forum articles online.Earlier this year, we launched a comments feature for readers of Trade Forum online. You can use it to send reactions to specific articles, contact authors or share information on related topics or events...
What People Don't Know about Trade and Why They Need to Know
Trade topics rarely make for dinner table conversation or work-break chats by the water cooler.The public may know that international trade affects their daily lives. But people have a sense of unease. They don't know exactly how global commerce can...