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, 2004

5th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations
Trade promotion organizations will debate their role in maximizing their country's or region's competitive advantage through innovation, at their biannual meeting (Malta, 1-2 October 2004).ITC and Malta Enterprise will jointly host the 5th World Conference...
A Snapshot of the Industry
Three large producersCoffee is produced in more than 50 countries. Annual production (110 million 60 kg bags, or 6-7 million tonnes) and export value (US$ 5-6 billion) are both twice that of cocoa and tea.Three countries, Brazil, Colombia and Viet Nam,...
Assuring Development Gains from Trade
World trade has risen rapidly over the past two decades. It grew by 4.7% in 2003 and is estimated to reach 7% this year, according to UNCTAD. That growth has extended to many developing countries.Most developing nations, however, can boast only a small...
Bitter or Better Future for Coffee Producers?
The coffee market is over-supplied. With the price of coffee at its lowest in a century, there will be winners and losers in the fierce competition for exports. Getting producers to "add value" to coffee and earn more revenue is a commonly proposed solution....
Building Business Competitiveness
For small firms to meet the significant and growing challenges of globalization, they need governmental and institutional back-up. A three-pronged approach can help build and strengthen competitiveness: closer business-government partnership; effective...
Building Capacity to Compete in Business
Globalization is changing business. Falling trade barriers, lower transport costs and communication technologies blur the lines between "domestic" and "international" markets. Whether businesses compete in foreign markets or compete locally with foreign...
Dialogue with Stakeholders
Since 2002, ITC has achieved 20% year-on-year growth in delivery, and it plans to keep up the momentum in 2004. Innovation in content and delivery, focus on synergies and greater involvement of national partners are helping make growth sustainable.ITC...
Focus on Women Exporters
The results of ITC's work with women in trade are challenging perceptions of the role of women exporters in economic and social development - and the need to support them.ITC's experience shows that women in international trade are often "social entrepreneurs",...
Intellectual Property Rights Help Crafts and Visual Arts Exporters
In a joint effort to protect artists and artisans in developing countries from theft of their creative ideas, ITC and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have published a guide full of practical advice."The 135-page guide is aimed at...
ITC Periodicals
International Trade BulletinsITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITC.* Market News Service. Price and market information for seven primary...
ITC Sets a Course for Double-Digit Growth
ITC set a course for double-digit growth during discussions with donors and beneficiaries at its annual meeting, the Joint Advisory Group on the International Trade Centre (26-30 April).Over the last three years, ITC increased its delivery of technical...
Launching ITC's 40th Anniversary
During its annual meeting, ITC launched its 40th anniversary celebrations. Many congratulated ITC on its achievements and encouraged it to continue along the path it has set itself.ITC's partners, donors and clients congratulated ITC on becoming a central...
Meeting the Competitiveness Challenge
The global trading system is redefining business. Being competitive in today's interconnected economy means working within the rules of the trading system, as well as responding to more demanding markets. To meet the challenge, small firms in developing...
Poor Communities Can Trade Up
For producers in poor countries, tapping into international business can bring access to wider and wealthier markets.Trade does provide benefits, but they may not "trickle down" automatically to the poorest people. It's important to find solutions to...
Trade Talks: African Businesses Raise Their Voices
African countries stand to gain from completing the current round of WTO negotiations. ITC is helping developing countries re-engage in world trade talks through a series of regional workshops that bring business and government together to assess their...