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, 2009

Banking on Credit
The financial crisis has hit all elements of the global supply chains. National Development Banks and EXIM Banks need to step up to fill the gaps that have emerged so that trade and economic activity can continue.Having access to finance is like having...
Commerce Crossroads
As recession deepens, global figures are starting to reveal the severity of the impact. Trade is contracting worldwide, and the recovery will depend on what policy-makers do next.In today's globalized world, trade is a powerful engine for economic growth....
Committed to Conscience
Through its tourism initiative, a Brazilian bank is successfully continuing its commitment to corporate social responsibility. Financial crisis, it says, is no reason to turn away from sustainable development.'The significant problems we face cannot...
Directory
TRADE ONLINE: NEW WEB RESOURCESITC offers a wealth of online resources on trade development topics. Among new sites online:01 ITC is '100% Aid for Trade'Aid for Trade, which helps developing countries to build trade-related skills and infrastructure...
Employment Meltdown
The jobs crisis is severe and escalating, threatening increased poverty and prolonged social unrest around the world. But, with a coordinated response from policy-makers, it's within our means to avert it.We are facing a global jobs crisis. Already,...
'Girl Effect'
Investing in young women is at the heart of any country's long-term development and prosperity, according to leading voices that emerged at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.Women are particularly vulnerable during times of economic downturn...
Jobs Crisis Has a Woman's Face
In Asia, the unemployment crisis poses disproportionate threat to women workers. Social equality and economic stability rely on policy-makers considering both genders in their response.In the Asia-Pacific, as many as 27 million more people could become...
Letter from the International Trade Centre
As the developed world has descended Into financial crisis, there has been a tidal wave of despair and panic in governments and financial institutions around the world. Conflicting data underscores the fact that no one really understands the extent of...
Lighting Ladakh: Using Tourism to Overcome Crisis
IN AN AREA ONCE THREATENED BY CONFLICTING STRUGGLES OF CONSERVATION AND LIVELIHOOD, FARMERS IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYAS HAVE LEARNED TO MAKE THE MOST OF LOCAL POTENTIAL.These farmers worked arduously for subsistence, and benefited little from the increasing...
Responsibility Lies with the G20
At their November 2008 meeting in Washington, world leaders thought of this crisis as a landmine that the United States and European economies had stepped on, as these economies had planted it, other emerging nations seemed only indirectly concerned.In...
Restart Trade Finance: Rebooting the Engine
Finance is a crucial component of the world economy, underpinning some 80% to 90% of world trade. As a result, the tightening of trade finance market conditions, which has been steadily worsening since the beginning of 2008, is particularly concerning....
Sustainable Tourism
By integrating social and environmental principles in their business models, tourism operators can lead the way in promoting positive development with enduring benefit for all.In the grip of the current economic crisis, it can seem all too hard to operate...
The Developing Crisis
As the world's financial epicentres crash across various continents, what impact is this having on developing countries?WRITESForum EditorialThe stark reality is that developing countries must prepare for a drop in trade, capital flows, remittances,...
The G20: How Much Aid for Trade?
Before the London Summit, world leaders had been wrangling over the size of domestic stimulus programmes. But as the event unfolded, the G20 leaders shifted their focus towards stimulating the global economy.There was ambiguity about how much of the...
The Gender Perspective: Women's Clout - a Way Out
To achieve a 'return on investment', one must invest m that which will actually provide a return. As quoted by OECD, women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared with 30%-40% invested by men. Investing in women is an...
The Government Perspective: Boosting Trade and Investment
The London Summit took place at a time of unprecedented economic challenge for world leaders and, fittingly, world leaders agreed on unprecedented action to face these challenges.In addition to the headline agreement to make US$1,1 trillion available...
The Perils of Protectionism
History shows that open markets are crucial in times of crisis. Leaders need to step away from purely domestic concerns, and ensure they're not threatening the world's economy further by imposing dangerous protectionist measures.In attempting to secure...