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, 2002

Business Advocacy in Practice: Case from an LDC
Business advocacy on trade - supported by a broadly-based network of business sectors -- can raise the level of ambition and achievement in the world trading system. It's April 2002. In a large conference room in the capital city, about 20 business leaders,...
From the Editor
Advocacy for trade development - why, how, when, with whom - is the underlying theme of this issue of Forum, which explores how business can benefit from the Doha Development Agenda. The current WTO negotiations, due to end on 1 January 2005, offer a...
GATS Negotiations: Why Service Industry Associations Should Get Involved
The second, ongoing round of negotiations for the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) puts exporters around the world in a position to help shape the future of this important sector. However, many service exporters and industry associations...
ITC: Helping Business Play Its Part in Trade Negotiations
Successful negotiations for the Doha Development Agenda depend, to a large degree, on the quality of collaboration between national trade negotiators and political leaders, on the one hand, and business leaders, on the other. In its absence, national...
Moving towards Advocacy: A Well-Informed Business Community
Since Seattle, the business community has shown remarkable growth in becoming better informed about the evolving multilateral trading system. This article traces the path of business dialogue with government, moving from consultation to participation...
New WTO Director-General Speaks Out
WTO's new Director-General addresses ITC's Executive Forum on National Export Strategies. We are in the midst of an unprecedented global trade negotiation, the Doha Development Agenda. But while it's nice to have trade agreements, they must be usable...
Protect Health, Not Trade: Technical Assistance for SPS Measures
Technical Assistance for SPS Measures Barriers to international commerce - particularly technical regulations and sanitary and phytosanitary measures - are a key concern of developing countries. A joint ITC/ Commonwealth Secretariat study uncovers what's...
Setting Strategies That Influence Trade Policy
Partners News and Views Businesses in developing countries, not just developed ones, have been able to advocate successfully to improve their competitive position in international markets. This article provides real-life examples and a road map to help...
The Doha Development Agenda and ITC
The Doha Ministerial Declaration places technical cooperation and capacity building at the core of the development dimension of the multilateral trading system. The Declaration reaffirms support for ITC's work and recommends that it be enhanced. This...
Trade Remedies-What Business Needs to Know
While liberalization has opened up world trade to freer competition, there have recently been more national measures blocking market access on the grounds of unfair pricing by exporters. Products such as steel, iron and chemicals from developing countries...
Why Business Needs to Know More about WTO Rules
WTO rules are increasingly being adapted as national trade laws. Businesses can help shape the rules as they develop - if they are committed to dialogue. Below, ITC answers some frequent questions it receives on the subject. Q Why is it important for...
Work Begins on Substance: The Doha Development Agenda
Partners News and Views After the World Trade Organization's Fourth Ministerial Conference held in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, delegations in Geneva worked immediately to set in place the machinery for the new trade negotiations. They had no time to...