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, 2007

Changing "Brand Africa"
In tourist offices, the most frequent images of Africa are those of safari animals. In the news, the tragedy of several conflicts linger. On film screens, conflict diamonds take centre stage in one Hollywood movie, and the latest James Bond includes...
Changing "Brand Africa"
Ask anyone about Africa and the first response you get is a negative picture of conflict, hunger, HIV/AIDS and other health issues. But question a bit more and it's clear that Africa is becoming a promising place for business. Africa has been described...
Countries Bring Trade into Development Projects
Countries are putting priority on trade-related assistance in this new model for financing development projects, by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.Benin: rehabilitating the port of Cotonou. Ghana: building packing and storage facilities for export...
Creating an African Business Superpower
Interview with Mashudu Ramano, Chairman, Jonnnic CommunicationsJohnnic Communications, also known as Johncom, is one of Africa's largest media and entertainment groups with interests ranging from bookshops to movie theatres clustering around its newspaper,...
CSR: A Must for Big Firms in Africa
Interview with Ann Pickard, Shell Exploration and Production AfricaCorporate social responsibility (CSR) is a prerequisite to do business in Africa. Shell's African Vice President explains.Shell's operations in Nigeria have not been without controversy....
CyberTrackers of the Kalahan
In this award-winning business case, technology opens new job opportunities and allows Bushmen to share their valuable knowledge to conserve the environment.That indispensable electronic tool of every rising young executive, the personal digital assistant...
FDI Goes Local the Millennium Cities Initiative
Attracting investment at the city level helps to stimulate economies.The role of foreign direct investment (FDI) in economic growth and development is now widely recognized. All countries in Africa are seeking to attract such funds. For that purpose,...
In Sierra Leone, Ginger Trade Helps Recovery
Sierra Leone's export development authorities are working to revitalize the ginger industry, a route out of poverty after years of war. This story is based on an interview with Abu Bakkar Kebbay, from the export development agency of the Ministry of...
Investment in Africa: The Challenges Ahead
Making investment work for long-term development is a challenge facing both resource-rich and income-poor countries.Foreign direct investment (FDI) has boomed in Africa over the last 12 months - with record-breaking inflows of $38.8 billion in 2006,...
ITC's Programme for Africa
Boosting intra-African trade flowsIn view of the drive towards heightened regional integration in Africa, ITC plans a regional Executive Forum event to produce a blueprint for future ITC activity in this field. The event will address sub-regional and...
ITC Trade Forum Feedback
Meet Our ReadersLearn more about other Trade Forum users, starting with a long-standing reader in Senegal's Ministry for Trade and Consumer Affairs.In this issue, we introduce a new feature that puts the spotlight on individual Trade Forum readers. They...
New Aid for Trade Partnership with the African Union
A new partnership to develop trade in Africa will back up the efforts of businesses and governments at a time when Africa's trade prospects are looking up.The African Union's Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Elisabeth Tankeu, signed an agreement...
New Markets for an Ancient Heritage
Interview with Sara Abera, Founder, Muya Ethiopia PLCAn Ethiopian woman entrepreneur links poor weavers with rich traditions to wealthy, culture-seeking buyers.Muya Ethiopia PLC makes handwoven home decoration items for discerning consumers. Muya (http://www....
Rwandan Coffee Goes from Ordinary to Star(bucks)
Interview with Philip Schluter, Schluter S.A.Rwandan coffee is featured at Starbucks this year. The path to creating a premium, well-branded coffee from a low-return mass product involved both aid agencies and private firms.To learn how Rwanda Ordinary...
Tanzania, Unveiling a Hidden Gem
Interview with Ramadhan Hashimu Khalfan, President, Board of External Trade, TanzaniaTanzania is working to make itself better known to attract foreign buyers and tourists.ITC's Natalie Domeisen interviewed Ramadhan Hashimu Khalfan during the World Conference...
"Trade Justice" Network for 16 African Countries
Civil society can help trade negotiators take more development-oriented positions in trade talks.Civil society, including women's organizations and the media, can help Africa's quest for an equitable world trading system, said participants from these...
Tunisia's Boom in ICT
Interview with Férid Baklouti, Founder, Xtensus TunisiaTunisian businessman is representative of his country's effort to position itself in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).Q How did you come to set up Xtensus Tunisia?A I left Tunisia...
World TPO Conference Highlights Champions for Export Excellence
From Mongolia to Finland, Mauritius to Zambia, El Salvador to Chile, they are doing a lot about exporting.Five of the best-performing national trade development agencies received global awards for expanding exports and improving their economy at the...