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. 3, 2006

African Businesswomen Get Access to Trade
Women entrepreneurs benefit from targeted assistance to expand their businesses internationally through this award-winning programme.The creative skills, innovative spirit and sheer determination of African businesswomen are evident in the businesses...
Aid for Trade - ITC's Response
With billions of dollars at stake, Aid for Trade can be a shot in the arm for developing countries. When defining the scope, pay attention to the supply side, say ITC and its clients.The Doha trade talks may have stalled in July 2006, but there has been...
Buy in Africa, Sustain Local Communities
A Côte d'Ivoire food company's contracts with aid agencies has provided jobs and income for local communities. ITC's buyer-seller meetings for the aid sector player a part.When Marie Diongoye Konaté first encountered ITC at an exporters' association...
Doha: The Low Hanging Fruit
Finishing the Doha trade round is the simplest way to boost the global economy and benefit the developing world. But it will take bold, enlightened leaders in developed and developing countries to do so.I am in contact with leaders and officials both...
Doha, What Next?
The business community needs to show the power of partnership in making the Doha promise a reality. Businesses of developing countries have an interest in staying engaged and making their views known to government negotiators - and to the public at large.People...
"Enhanced Integrated Framework" Serves as Model for Aid for Trade
Interview with Francesco Geoffroy, ITCThe Integrated Framework (IF) is an international initiative through which the International Monetary Fund, ITC, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank...
Fashion Radar Picks Up Ethiopian Leather
A fair-trade luxury label shows Ethiopia's export capacity in finished leather goods.by Trade Forum editorial teamWorld trade in leather and leather products - worth more than $60 billion in 2004 - is expected to grow. With a quarter of the world's sheep...
In Mozambique, Communities Use Wood, Save Trees
Mozambique has been losing its forests to poor people who scrape a living from this valuable natural resource. Today, some are producing chic wooden bracelets for the world market while conserving precious woodlands.by Trade Forum editorial teamIn the...
New Books and Technical Papers
ISO 9001:2000 - A workbook for service organizations116 pages. Joint ITC/International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publication, presenting a set of questions, checklists and planning guides for streamlining the internal process of conformities...
Romania Focuses on Exports as EU Accession Nears
by ITC staffRomanians are taking major steps to upgrade exports, with help from ITC.Faced with the challenges of its entry into the European Union (EU), Romania is keen to improve its export competitiveness in four sectors of strategic importance for...
Sri Lanka Has Designs on New Markets for Jewellery
Artisans in Sri Lanka's gem and jewellery sector are designing new products that reflect the latest trends. Their collections are making inroads in competitive European markets.by Trade Forum editorial teamGem cutting and jewellery making is a tradition...
Trade Talks in the News
WTO members suspended the Doha round of trade talks in July 2006. Trade Forum reviewed 50 media sources for their reactions.Most opinion-makers were seriously concerned about the future of world trade. There were also those who welcomed the breakdown...
Uncovering Services Trade Opportunities
ITC is helping to keep services in the spotlight.Services contribute to jobs and economic growth in all countries. With efficient service economies, countries in the developing world can tap into global and regional trade opportunities. ITC's Trade in...
When Ethics Meet Fashion
The world of fashion has a world of market opportunities. At a time when industries are consolidating and high-volume, low-cost manufacturing is a competitive driver, one new alternative is emerging. "Ethical fashion," including the luxury segment, is...
Why Is the United Nations Working in Fashion?
The glossy world of fashion is far removed from blue helmets, food aid or peace treaties - but it is also part of the United Nations' work to ensure the world's people have better, safer lives.Three of the four stories about trade development in this...