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, 2005

Business & Professional Services: Fast-Growing Markets
Business and professional services form more than a third of global service exports - and their share continues to grow.According to the International Monetary Fund, business and professional services have been the fastest-growing sector of world trade...
From Negotiations to Export Capacity ITC Builds Bridges: A Report on ITC's Annual Meeting
ITC reviewed its progress in helping countries to supply world markets at the Joint Advisory Group on the International Trade Centre, its annual meeting with bened ficiaries and donors (Geneva, 18-22 April). Representatives from 93 developed and developing...
Identifying Business Interests in WTO Services Talks
Developing country businesses can shape their trade future.What it takes: knowing the market, spotting the barriers and voicing interests in the right channels.Services negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) are moving slowly. As of May 2005,...
ITC: Developing Trade Now and in the Future
Extracts from the opening statement to delegates at ITC's annual meeting.The world of trade grows ever more competitive. Nonetheless, North and South, people keep turning to trade as a tool for development. Why? Because trade makes a difference to improving...
New Books and Technical Papers
Influencing and Meeting International Standards: Challenges for developing countriesVol. 2. 174 pages. second volume of a joint ITC-Commonwealth secretariat two-volume study dealing with technical assistance needs of developing countries in order to...
New Directions for African Financial Services
Debates thrive between African and developed nations over a "Marshall Plan" for Africa, debt cancellation and support for small firms. To ensure competitiveness, Africa's own financial institutions must point the way in supporting trade and investment.As...
Promoting Exports of Services: How to Make It Happen
Trade support institutions can promote national strengths in services. This helps firms in their own marketing and improves the country's overall image.Creating a national image of quality providers is one of the most important trade promotion initiatives...
Raising Awareness Can Grow Trade in Services
Because many national strategy-makers and businesses are not aware of the potential of service exports, they do not tap into this growing opportunity. Raising awareness about services is an important first step.Despite growing global demand, many developing...
Redefining Tourism
Tourism - the world's largest industry is both an export and a development opportunity for many poor countries.It is estimated that by 2020, three times as many people will travel as do today. Developing countries are recognizing the tourism sector's...
Selling a Promise
In many developing countries, not being taken seriously in the global marketplace is the single greatest barrier to exporting services. Building credibility abroad is the springboard to success.Exporters in the services sector are trying to sell something...
Tapping the Potential of Professionals with Disabilities
Professionals with disabilities are often overlooked in trade, telecommunications and economic development policies. Service providers from this community, however, are using technology to unlock their diverse talents and reach out to new markets.Accessible...
Tourism: Community Development Pays Back
Large corporations in the tourism sector are finding that investing in local community development brings healthy returns. An interview with the manager of Hotel Sofitel in Bahia, Brazil, gives an example of corporate social responsibility in practice.The...
Trade in Services: Awareness, the First Step
CHALLENGESNational development plans often exclude the service sector.The export strategies of many developing countries focus on goods and overlook opportunities to diversify trade and create jobs through services. Global service markets are growing...
Why Coalitions?
Services players in several developing countries are setting up coalitions for collaboration to boost the sector.Just a few years ago, services coalitions were mainly located in developed economies such as Hong Kong (China) and the United States. Increasingly,...
Why Services Matter
When you picture "trade", "the world trading system" or "exports", what image springs to mind? You'd be hardpressed to find anyone who thinks of trade in services. The most frequent responses are goods loaded in containers on a ship, boxes on a truck...
Why Services Matter for Development: A Path to Growth
Services are the fastest-growing component of international trade.In recent years, technology advances have had a tremendous impact on the sector as many services can now be marketed and delivered online. However, the service sector is diverse and fragmented...