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, 2003

A Grassroots View: Helping Small Firms Put the "E" in Trade
National strategies need to concentrate on real e-issues facing small firms, so that they can benefit from information and communications technologies.We need more awareness of the benefits and efficiencies that information and communications technologies...
"Big Business" Helps Small Businesses Work with Technology
Today, multinationals are partnering with governments and local groups to provide seed money and skills, and to improve the policy environment for small firms to take off with technology.It's a familiar story in developing countries around the world;...
Brazil's Chamber of E-Commerce Promotes E-Business
Chambers of commerce can play active roles in promoting the use of information and communications technologies, as the example of the Brazilian Chamber of E-commerce Camara-e.net - shows.Business associations around the world are now acting as catalysts,...
Checklist for National E-Readiness
Small firms in developing countries can be more competitive using ICTs -by participating in new export sectors, streamlining business activities and linking with trade development partners more effectively. This article provides recommendations firms...
"E" @ Itc
ITC helps developing countries put "e" to work for small exporting firms.Traditional business in new waysThe new marketplace is becoming a virtual one, but business needs remain the same. Businesses still need access to market information and trade analysis....
Executive Forum on National Export Strategies Held in Cancun
In keeping with the preoccupations of the Doha Development Agenda, ITC focused its annual Executive Forum debate on the theme "Business for Development: Implications for Export Strategy-makers", and moved the event from its traditional home of Montreux,...
Forum Web Site Offers More to Readers
Since 2001, print readers of Forum have been able to turn to the online version of the magazine for trade development news and issues. After two-and-a-half years of steady development, Forum's trilingual web site has a lot more to offer, with webonly...
From the Editor
The Changng Marketpace: Putting "E" to WorkIf communities in developing countries are to benefit from technology, we need to 'put "e" to work'. Technology is one thing. Applying the benefits of technology to boost exports, jobs and income, is another.This...
Gourmet Coffee Makes Premium Prices Online
Using Internet auctions to sell premium coffee generates high prices for gourmet coffee growers in developing countries. An ITC project has enduring success.In October 1999, 315 coffee growers from different regions in Brazil participated in a "Best...
Governments Can Advance Innovation
To create conditions for innovation, governments should promote e-literacy and capital markets as well as set the right legal and technological infrastructure in place.Q Why do some countries, like India, succeed in moving into growing trade sectors...
In Southeast Asia, E-Marketplaces Grow
Small firms in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam are sharing online costs to widen visibility to foreign buyers and increase exports.For most SMEs, the prohibitive cost of getting online, creating web sites and promotional materials and maintaining individual...
ITC Brings a Trade Dimension to the World Summit on the Information Society
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), taking place in Geneva, in December 2003, and in Tunis, in November 2005, gathers leaders from government, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the media to address...
ITC Speaks: The Changing Marketplace
Small exporters in developing countries can sharpen their competitive edge using information and communications technologies (ICT).Putting "E" to WorkTraditional Exports in New WaysNew technologies give exporters opportunities to trade goods and services...
National E-Trade Strategies: Beyond Access
To increase exports and improve national competitiveness, developing countries need specific e-trade strategies that go beyond the issue of access.Companies trade, not countries. Unless national trade strategies can be expressed in company-level impacts...
Putting "E" to Work
Whether it is in processes, products or markets, exporters who do not keep up with technological innovations in their field may fall behind. A solid investment strategy in "e", however, can help SMEs enter new markets and overcome or sidestep many traditional...
Small Firms Make the Case for E-Trade
Across the developing world, pioneering small firms are taking advantage of new information and communications technologies to improve their business processes and expand their export markets for traditional products and services. They are also supplying...
Using Technology: What Exporters Say
When developing e-trade strategies, governments should be in touch with their exporters' needs. Surveys are a good place to start. Here we look at results from interviews with European and North American exporters.Forrester Research, a consulting firm...
What after Cancun?
For multilateral trade negotiations to be relevant to developing and transition economies, there must be a greater focus on supply-side issues. To help countries become more competitive in global markets, there is a greater need than ever for practical,...
What Small Businesses Need from an E-Marketplace
Keeping technology applications simple and focused; working collectively through business networks; and tapping into a network of global contacts for technical adaptations has helped this business support organization offer online solutions to small...