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, 2006

A New Trade Democracy.In the Making
A new trade democracy? Perhaps not yet, but signs of change are there.A short time ago, people saw trade policy as a matter for economists outlining trade scenarios, government officials negotiating behind closed doors or business lobbies in Washington,...
Call for Papers: Reducing Poverty through Export Strategies
In 2006, ITC's Executive Forum is working with its network to organize its annual global debate on strategic approaches to enhance competitiveness and export performance.Executive Forum debateThe debate, which will be held in Berlin, Germany in late...
Donors Evaluate ITC
An external evaluation recommends steps to build on ITC's comparative advantage as a provider of trade-related technical assistance.Donors and beneficiaries welcomed the outcome of a twoyear external evaluation of ITC at an informal meeting of its Joint...
Giving Voice to the "Silent Majority"
Report of "Business for Development" meeting, Hong Kong, ChinaThe challenge to building business advocacy is to develop business-government dialogue, but also to bring in small firms, the informal sector and other parts of society.Government trade officials,...
Good Governance Opens New Doors to Advocacy
Christopher Simpson interviews Michel Kostecki, Professor at the University of NeuchâtelFor a model of good governance in trade policy, "make it open, make it fair. And make it inclusive", says Michel Kostecki.A question levelled at WTO Director-General,...
How to Get the Best out of the WTO and How to Avoid the Pitfalls: New Publications Point the Way
It's not all plain sailing, but the WTO system can be made to work for everyone, say four new books.Books on the WTO have been rolling off the presses around the globe this past year, the organization's tenth anniversary, as any Internet search will...
Humanizing Globalization
We need to address the "double face" of globalization and work towards sustainable economic and social development for all people.More and more people demand that we "humanize" globalization. In rich and poor countries, there is a widely-held perception...
ITC and Denmark Help South-South Cotton Trade
ITC, with financial support from Denmark, is seeking to improve the competitiveness of African cotton exports, especially to Asia.Trade ministers meeting in Hong Kong, China last year urged the development community and WTO members to "further scale...
Meet ITC's New Leaders
Patricia Francis, Executive DirectorAn award-winning leader and business facilitator, Patricia R. Francis will head ITC from June 2006.Mrs Francis comes to ITC from the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), of which she has been President since 1995....
Multilateralism Is Better for Business
The multilateral trading system is the surest way to build up the global production systems from which more countries and firms can benefit.The of the World Trade Organization's Ministrial meeting in Hong Kong, China is a good time to remind ourselves...
New Books and Technical Papers
Get Connected: E-applications in the textile and clothing sector166 pages. Study focusing on how developing country producers could successfully apply new e-applications and secure post-quota exports in light of the changing nature of textile and clothing...
New Jobs for Poor Communities through Trade
"Sutainable development," "environmental protection" and "trade that works for the poor" may sound like do-gooder slogans, but three totally different projects, involving a plant native to South Africa, a fashionable resort in Brazil and organic spices...
Newsletters at ITC: New and Improved
Inside stories, training resources and the background to some hands-on projects.At regular intervals during the year, one or more ITC newsletters appear online, in print or both. They all focus on trade-related technical assistance (TRTA): sometimes,...
Promoting Services Trade in Southern Africa
For the first time, service associations in southern Africa met to discuss the potential of regional trade for their exporters.While service firms account for much of southern Africa's economic growth and new jobs, export strategies in the region have...
Putting Market Access Issues on the Map
Developing countries can use ITC's Market Access Map to analyse market access conditions for the Doha round of trade talks.When it comes to keeping existing export markets and finding new ones, understanding market access conditions remains a key challenge...
The Trade Debate Needs the Voice of Business
Business can do more to build public understanding of the benefits of the multilateral trading system.This is no time for disengagement or complacency. The period is one of great opportunity, with vast new markets opening and quantum leaps in technology....
Towards Inclusive Trade Policy
A new balance of voices is emerging in advocacy for trade. In the area of trade policy, it ranges from small business coalitions to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media, international agencies, academics, big business and more. All these voices...
TPOs in Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges
The challenges and opportunities of global trade will be the theme of the 6th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations, to be held in Dubai on 13-14 November 2006.TPQ awardsFollowing the enthusiasm generated by the first awards in 2004, conference...
Trade Forum Online - Your Feedback, Our Views
Last year, we reoriented both the print and the online versions of Trade Forum magazine to reflect our stronger focus on advocacy for trade. We wanted to know what you, our readers, thought about our new approach. seeking a low-cost way to understand...
Trade Talks: How ITC Can Help
ITC Programmes on Trade TalksWhile most of ITC's work focuses on helping nations improve their ability to supply goods and services that are competitive in world markets, these programmes are designed specifically to help countries strengthen their national...
Uganda's Services Coalition Finds Strength in Numbers
For very small service firms in Uganda, forming a coalition gave them a collective voice, resources and influence with trade negotiators.GovernmentsWonduct negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), but in practice it is businesses...