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. 2, 2001

A New Generation of LDC Exporters Emerges
How can successful exporters in least-developed countries (LDCs) convert export opportunities into business? New export opportunities and trade liberalization measures have helped some LDC exporters become a success, noted 75 LDC exporters and senior...
Are TPOs Still Needed?
Nearly 900 participants from 108 countries enthusiastically debated this question during a recent ITC electronic discussion forum (23-27 April 2001). All summaries of the discussion were e-mailed to participants in their target languages and posted on...
At Your Service: Forum on the Internet
Earlier this year we launched a new Forum magazine web site to better serve you, our readers. You have several advantages when you view the magazine on the web site. It is faster and easier for you to receive news and trends and to search for specific...
Certification: Helping Markets Support the World's Forests
Close Up Voluntary forest management certification and associated wood labelling schemes are becoming accepted as a way to help markets contribute to the conservation of tropical and other types of forests. Originally proposed by environmental non-governmental...
Environmental Competitiveness: "Green" Purchasing
Exporting Better Consider environmental issues in procurement to reduce total costs and make your enterprise more competitive. Environmental procurement means systematically building environmental considerations into your day-to-day procurement decision-making...
Environmental Trade Barriers: Who Wins, Who Loses, What's the Score?
Interview with Friedrich von Kirchbach Environment and trade is a challenging issue that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has to tackle. The scarcity of statistically well-grounded information makes the task even more complex. Using market analysis...
Faster-Growing Trees, Value-Added Products
Value-added wood exports have a bright future. The value of further-processed wood exports from producer countries of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) totalled just under US$ 4.2 billion in 1996-1997, the highest points recorded...
From the Editor
This issue focuses on trade and the environment. The aim is to encourage you, our readers, to think about becoming environmentally sensitive in your international business development practices. We provide practical information on trade and the environment,...
Information Resources: Trade and the Environment
Close Up WTO agreements The World Trade Organization (WTO) has no specific agreement dealing with the environment. However, a number of the WTO agreements include provisions dealing with environmental concerns. The increased emphasis on environmental...
ITC: A Year in Review
ITC supports developing and transition economies in their efforts to compete effectively in the international marketplace. We strongly believe that this contributes to sustainable development and we are committed to providing first-class technical support...
ITC's Annual Meeting Features Solutions to Bridge the Digital Divide
ITC officially launched its "E-trade Bridge" programme at its annual intergovernmental meeting, the Joint Advisory Group (Geneva, 30 April to 4 May 2001). The meeting also launched its "new" web site, which was redesigned to better serve ITC's clients....
Making Your Packaging Environmentally Friendly
Historically, packaging was mainly used to transport goods, particularly foodstuffs, from their place of manufacture direct to the customer. Packaging later became prominent in the preserving of food products for longer periods. The packaging revolution...
Organic Spice Trade Helps Rural Empowerment in India
In 2000, ITC won an award at the World Bank's Development Marketplace competition for innovative ideas for poverty reduction (see Forum 1/2000). The winning project, "Empowerment of Rural Communities to Export Organic Spices from India" uses Export Production...
Packaging towards a Sustainable Future
Close Up Packaging is a vital sector of most national economies. It consumes large quantities of resources. Because of packaging's often limited life span, these resources (of materials and energy) are viewed in some quarters as being wasted. As a result,...
Software for Environmental Engineers
The overall environmental software market was estimated at about US$ 1.8 billion in 1995, of which US$ 1.14 billion for consulting and services. So what IT tools does a consulting engineer in a developing country need to compete in the market for environmental...
The Environmental Services Business: Big and Growing
Though hardly known to the general public, environmeal technologies, products and services have, in 20 years, grown to match the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in size -- a US$ 450 billion global market in 2000. By 2010 it is expected to expand...