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. 4, 2004

40 Years of Building Capacity to Trade. and More to Come
When the International Trade Centre (ITC) was created in 1964, developing countries were emerging slowly from an era of import substitution and trade was largely in the hands of the industrialized world. Developing and socialist countries (171 of them)...
African Leather: Industry Meets World Markets
Leather is one of the world s most widely traded commodities. The trade in leather and leather products - worth more than US$ 60 billion per year - is predicted to grow. The African leather sector is bursting with potential, but there is a wide gap between...
A Hand-Made Story
Craft enterprises and artisans can today hope to improve their position in global trade, as a result of changes in product classification that can make their contribution to the economy more visible.Because of its network in developing countries and...
A Tradition of Service
ITCs long, pragmatic experience in working with developing country exporters has been recognized by partners and users of its services.Olof Karsegard, now head of the ITC association of former staff members, recalls, "My first job in ITC was in Kenya...
Beyond the Sunset: A New Dawn for Jute
Once termed a "sunset industry", jute now offers fashionable, eco-friendly products that are attracting new consumers - thanks to innovative applications in the automotive industry, fashion, furnishings and landscape management. ITC's role in jute product...
Buying into Competitiveness
Effective purchasing and supply chain management is critical to competitiveness and export performance. It accounts for some 60% to 70% of a company's costs. ITCs training initiative, Buying into Competitiveness, helps to meet firms' need to develop...
Can a Nut Save the Rainforest?
In Bolivia, a group of enterprising companies survived the collapse of the rubber industry by harvesting and processing Brazil nuts. As the lead export of the Amazon region, these humble - but difficult - nuts may be the secret to saving the precious...
Coffee Growers Discover That Quality Pays
The coffee market is oversupplied, with the price of coffee at its lowest in a century. Over the years, ITC has supported several projects and initiatives to help coffee producers. One of the most innovative projects was the world's first Internet coffee...
Cut Flowers: A Multi-Million Dollar Industry Blooms in Rural China
More than 20,000 Chinese farming families have been lifted out of rural poverty in a remarkable economic success story that has seen Yunnan province in southwest China become one of the leading cut-flower centres in Asia.The area has emerged as a major...
Dispute Resolution: Bridge-Building in a New World
Competition means conflict, but the courts are rarely the best way to settle disputes in business. Trials can be expensive, lengthy and sometimes embarrassingly public. Hence the rise in arbitration and mediation centres. ITC sees that by operating as...
Helping First-Time Exporters
Successful exporting by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can be pivotal in K bringing broader prosperity to developing countries, boosting economic vitality at community level and creating sustainable livelihoods for employees and their families....
Insights on Exports at the Executive Forum
Improving a country's export performance requires much more than just winning more foreign contracts. Over the past six years, many government officials and private business leaders in developing countries and transition economies have come to understand...
Itc at a Glance
Since 1964, the International Trade Centre has helped the business sectors of developing and transition economies to develop exports. Our ultimate goal is to help these countries to achieve sustainable human development through export growth with an...
Itc's First Thirty Years: From the Directors' Chair
From modest beginnings, ITC has strengthened and diversified its services to meet the changing trade development needs of developing and transition economies. A close relationship with the business sector helped ITC spot issues that firms need to trade...
Making the Most of a Services Sector Revolution
There's growing recognition that "services do matter" to developing countries. The global services sector is undergoing a revolution that enables small firms in these countries to compete in world markets. ITC, reacting to the explosive growth of trade...
Packaging Power
High-quality packaging is becoming a key to successful competition in the most lucrative developed markets, ITC is spreading both the message and the means for small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide to embrace better packaging. ITC's work...
Pepper from Viet Nam: Quality Makes a Difference
Viet Nam has risen in the last five years to become the world's top pepper exporter. ITC has accompanied Viet Nam during the process, helping it to upgrade quality and dramatically increase revenues for rural families, not least the women workers who...
Preface
With this publication, ITC brings a message of challenge, and of hope. The immense challenge is to bridge the gap between rich and poor. The hope is to build upon practices that work, in the area of trade development, and take action on a broader scale.In...
Reducing Poverty through Trade
Businesses as different as luxury vacation resorts and spice-growing by peasant farmers can result in export-led poverty reduction. These two projects supported by ITC indicate how a trade-focused approach to sustainable development can increase revenues...
Romania: Fashioning a Bright Future
Sheer, unforgettable magic. With house music setting a hypnotic pulse, psychedelic lighting injecting an edge and giant screens capturing the allure of the catwalk, a national fashion event that would not have been out of place in Paris, New York or...
South Africa: Reshaping the Foreign Trade Dimension
When South Africa broke with apartheid, the country had to rethink its approach to buisness and trade. it selected ITC as the partner to help rebuild its trade energy. Here is a portrait of an evolving strategy that helped South Africa fast-forward from...
Success out of Africa
Providing relief supplies is big business. Donors and international aid agencies spend billions of dollars annually. The door to the aid market, traditionally considered complex and inaccessible, has been all but closed to countries in Africa, for example....
The Abcs of a Market Economy
In the early 1990s, the break-up of the Soviet Union launched landlocked Mongolia into a world without borders. Faced with a new economic order, Mongolia's nascent private sector and trade institutions needed to move quickly from free market theory to...
Trade Maps: Knowledge as Power and the Fast Fish
"For also knowledge itself," wrote English philosopher-statesman Francis Bacon in 1597, "is power."In March 2004, Zambia's Deputy Commerce Minister Geoffrey Samukonga had a practical take on how knowledge brings power. "Unless you know what are the opportunities,...
Turkey: Better Training for Small Exporters
Turkey's export growth in recent years is an encouraging sign of its economic potential. It is looking to small firms to sustain this growth. To meet the needs of a multitude of new, mainly small and medium-sized export firms, Turkey's Export Promotion...
Unctad, WTO Heads Meet with Itc Staff
On separate occasions, the heads of UNCTAD and WTO met with ITC staff to celebrate ITCs 40th anniversary. They took the opportunity to speak of their appreciation for ITC's role, achievements and future plans.MAKING GOOD IDEAS WORKUNCTAD's secretary-General,...
World Tr@de Net: Networking on Trade Talks
If developing countries are to benefit from the world trading system, their private and public sectors have to work together with their governments and negotiators to shape a common strategy. But achieving that cohesion is not so easy.When the General...