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, 2007

Aid for Trade: Montreux Meeting Brings Business Voice to Aid for Trade Assessments
From trade policy to project design, listening to the voice of business is the key to making sure that Aid for Trade really boosts exports.Business association leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin Amerio met, With trade experts in Montreux, Switzerland...
A Journey from Bananas to Chips
Across Three ContinentsA Peruvian entrepreneur, far from the capital, turns plaintain bananas, a low-return commodity, into chips, a high-value export. Finding a training partner in management skills proved the key to moving this Peruvian exporter up...
A Step-by-Step Guide to Food Safety Requirements
New ITC/ISO handbook targets small firmsITC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) have just released a handbook and diagnostic CD-ROM to make it easier for small, food product exporting firms to understand and meet food safety standards...
A Stepping Stone in Regional Markets
CSRA Botswana entrepreneur, inspired to make his continent a safer and cleaner place, is using his South-South connections to expand his waste sanitation business.My story started when I had the opportunity to go and study in the United States. It was...
Changing Mindsets with ACCESS! to Markets
Targeted programmes help women exporters get the assistance they need.I would like to speak on behalf of the women entrepreneurs that I have been representing for the past three or four years. The reality is that we are very small, we work in isolation...
Creating Wealth, Reducing Poverty
A key to transform economies and meet the Millennium Development Goal to end poverty by 2015 is ensuring that trade becomes part of development policy, with a central role for women and small business.A change is under way. Business, government and non-governmental...
European Buyers Meet Organic Farmers in Uganda
European importers of organic products meet Ugandan exporters and farmers face to face on ITC's Buyers' Tour.Judith Chemutai has just started working as a field officer for Kawacom Ltd, one of Uganda's major coffee exporters. She works near Kapchorwa...
If You Can't Sell It, Don't Make It
Oman used ITC's tools for an integrated solution to diversify exports in its oil-fuelled economy.For a long time we had an economic policy based on the following principle: if it moves, tax it; if it is still moving, legislate it; if it stops, subsidize...
Linking Business Communities to Export Markets
Romania's national strategy connects regions, towns and villages. The aim is to build a broader base of exporters and a new range of exports that meet demands in new markets, especially in the European Union.Romania's approach to export development can...
Meet Our Readers
Meet a long-standing partner at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.In the last issue, we began a new series featuring individual Trade Forum readers. The aim is to share ideas on how readers are using the magazine to get to grips...
New Business-NGO Partnerships Help the World's Poorest
Innovative approaches to reduce poverty through trade are bringing business, NGOs, government and aid agencies together in new ways."We believe that the leading global companies of 2020 will be those that pràsride goods and services and reach new customers...
New Trade and Investment Agency in Sierra Leone
In its post-war efforts to revitalize exports, Sierra Leone has set up a new trade promotion authority, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency.The initiative is part of a larger reform process to make it easier to do business in Sierra...
South African Firms Look to Expand Their Share of UN Procurement
The latest annual meeting of UN buyers allowed South African firms to make new business contacts, building on an ITC partnership with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry.South African suppliers and United Nations (UN) procurement officers...
Taking off with Trade
September marks the midway point in a worldwide effort to "Make Poverty History" - the aim of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN-led initiative to reduce poverty by 2015.We need to step up the pace to meet these goals. Building the capacity to...
The New ITC
Responding to what countries and clients wantITC's roadmap for the future emerged during the most recent meeting of its Joint Advisory Group, held in April this year. The aim is to move ITC from having strong products to delivering strategic solutions...
Viet Nam Integrates Trade Defence into Its Policy
For successful trade defence, business and government need a shared system and understanding. ITC worked with the newest WTO member to set up the foundations.In January 2007, Viet Nam became the 150th member of the World Trade Organization, after 11...
World Cup 2010: ITC Supports Tourism Development Kick-Off
Officials, tourist industry leaders and community organizations from South Africa's Eastern Cape province met in Port Elizabeth in June to ensure the region uses the 2010 FIFA World Cup to create a solid basis for reducing poverty, through a lasting...