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. 1, 2002

A Focal Point Approach to Export Promotion
The Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka was set up in 1979 by an Act of Parliament as the focal point export promotion organization. At that time, the economy was liberalized with the state recognizing the private sector as the "engine of growth"....
Buying from Africa for Africa
International aid agencies including United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) spend large amounts on procuring goods and services for development and disaster relief operations. Most of this aid goes to Africa, but supplies for...
Don't Be Off-Colour
One of the major mistakes artisanal producers can make is to design their craft products in styles or colours that are no longer appealing to their target markets. In fact, the style and appearance of products can change very rapidly and the export marketplace...
From the Editor
All companies today face a highly competitive economic environment in global markets. Large corporations often have the resources to develop a competitive edge without recourse to trade support institutions. But for enterprises in developing and transition...
Helping SMEs Get Wiser to Consumer Choice
How does a home-based craft business showcase its products on international markets? One answer is through a private sector-driven trade support network, an example of which is found in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Businesswoman Barbara...
Innovation, Specialization and E-Finance for SMEs
Access to finance is still a major limiting factor for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in most countries, and particularly in developing countries. In general, banks refuse credit to SMEs because they are perceived as risky and unprofitable....
Is Your Trade Support Network Working? A Checklist for the National Strategy-Making Team
The Executive Forum on National Export Strategies is structured as a debate on "best practice" among "national strategy teams" from developing and transition economies. Each team consists of a senior public sector strategy-maker and a leading representative...
ITC's Executive Director Launches Viet Nam's E-Trade Bridge Kick-Off Meeting
In January ITC organized its first e-trade bridge meeting in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam. The meeting aimed to identify national action priorities to improve the ability of Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to compete in...
Keep the Model under Review
During the 1980s, Mexico ambitiously began modernizing and transforming its economy at all levels in order to participate more fully in the global marketplace. This included developing a commercial policy based on liberalization, deregulation, privatization...
LatinPharma Assists Developing Country Pharmaceutical Industries
In Brief As a follow-up to developments at the Fourth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, ITC has organized a series of activities focusing entirely on the pharmaceutical sector in Central America. The...
Making the Best of Craft Trade Fairs
Participation in international craft trade fairs is an efficient way for craft producers to showcase their products to export markets. The advantages include audience concentration, face-to-face communication, the opportunity to assess the competition...
Networking: Formal or Informal?
Partners News and Views Over the years, New Zealand has adopted or tried out a variety of formal and informal network structures for export development. On the basis of this experience, a strong case has emerged for creating a formal structure around...
Network, What Network?
Does your trade support network help promote your export strategy? For many countries, the question follows on from another issue: why have a trade support strategy at all? Very few developed countries have a national strategy for trade support or export...
New Realities and Assistance for Traders and Trade Policy-Makers
Today, new challenges face both strategy-makers and business as we put new demands on trade to serve broader objectives than just to increase commerce. However, new networks are springing up that aim to help both sides in the dialogue - government and...
Our Readers Write
Indian financial journalist finds Forum useful I am a journalist working for the Hindu Group's financial daily, Business Line. I have been receiving Forum for almost a decade and it has been quite useful in my professional work. From issue 2/2001, I...
Talking Networks: Between Rhetoric and Reality
There is little doubt that in this age of globalization, speed and digital distance, the effectiveness of a trade support institution (TSI) is relative to its ability to participate actively in formal and informal networks. Without networks and their...
Uniquely Slovenia Draws on Canadian Expertise
Can the successes achieved by the Uniquely B.C. Creative Arts Show and the Uniquely Canada Show be transferred to a developing or transition country? The experience of Slovenia, whose trade officials hired Barbara Mowat and her team to help them prepare...
Where Do I Go from Here?
The ITC's three Executive Forums to date have dealt with the need to redefine trade promotion strategy, the challenge of the digital economy and how to ensure trade support networks are working. The logical question now is, "What do we need to tackle...
Working Our Network
Participants at the ITC Executive Forum 2001 in September were asked: is your network working? They could have turned the question back to us and asked ITC: is your own network working? Our answer would have been: yes, most definitely. The Executive...