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, 2001

Accessing the Aid Procurement Market
It can be difficult and time-consuming to get a foothold in the aid procurement market. In this article, we offer practical guidelines for developing country enterprises on overcoming some of the most commonly faced obstacles to entry into this complex...
ActionAid: Untying Aid in the European Union
United Kingdom-based development NGO ActionAid has lodged a legal complaint about tied aid within the European Union, It argues that without positive efforts to boost developing country participation in aid contracting and procurement, many of the damaging...
Africans and Asians Do Business in Durban
The United Nations Development Programme organized the second Africa-Asia Business Forum (Durban, July 2001) to promote trade and investment at the enterprise level between selected African and Asian countries. Key sectors represented Sectors represented...
Buying from Africa for Africa
Hendrik Roelofsen, new Director of ITC's Division of Technical Cooperation Coordination, speaks about the organization's programme "Increasing Africa's participation in development aid procurement". Q Why is ITC bringing African business and international...
E-Procurement in the Aid Business
In this article, developing country suppliers can find details of some of the trends in aid e-procurement as well as tips and useful addresses. A growing range of companies in the developing world are making the Internet a key part of their sales and...
From the Editor
Every day in some far-flung corner of the world affected by conflict or disaster or benefiting from development assistance programmes, international aid agencies distribute supplies including food, shelter and medicines. The images of these efforts have...
ITC Training: Helping Developing Country Enterprises Enter the Aid Market
Increasing the regional and international trade potential of developing countries is vital for their future growth and prosperity. But often a country's enterprises do not know how to access markets beyond their borders. In Africa, for example, although...
More ASEAN-South Asia Trade Urged
South Trade Major opportunities for trade expansion between ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and South Asia lie untapped as only about 4% of combined trade takes place between the two regions, said a senior adviser with a United Nations...
Our Readers Write
Communicating trade issues "Digital divide" reports help shape policy It is always a pleasure to read the magazine of the International Trade Centre and I was particularly impressed with issue 1/2001 on Reaping the Digital Dividend. Exploiting e-opportunities...
Regional Initiatives in Group Buying: The Red Cross and Red Crescent Experience
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are key players in the procurement of humanitarian aid goods and services. Each year they purchase hundreds of millions of dollars worth of items from suppliers around the world. One example is the...
Spinners and Spinners Blankets the Humanitarian Aid Market
The story of Spinners and Spinners, an enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya, illustrates the opportunities and challenges of one developing country supplier doing business with international aid agencies. For the past nine years Spinners and Spinners,...
The Aid Procurement Market: Humanitarian and Development Procurement: A Vast and Growing Market
Throughout the world, international aid agencies implement development or relief assistance programmes aimed at fighting disease. reducing poverty and fostering economic and social development. In doing so, they procure an estimated US$ 50 billion worth...
The OECD/DAC Responds: Interview with Jean-Claude Faure
Jean-Claude Faure is Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC), In this interview, he responds to questions about the DAC's recent Recommendation on untying aid to the least developed...
The Untied Aid Debate: Development Choices: Opening Up Markets
Forum presents an analysis of the ongoing debate on tied and untied aid through contributions from principal participants. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and ActionAid....
Trade as a Tool for Development: How Can Developing Countries Benefit More from the Multilateral Trading System?
ITC firmly believes in trade as a tool for development. In order for developing countries and transition economies to increase their participation in global trade, they need to focus on three export prerequisites: market access, marketable goods and...
UN Procurement: Getting Connected
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working to promote digital entrepreneurship and foster private-sector partnerships. As part of this effort, UNDP's procurement centre, the Inter-Agency Procurement Services Office (lAPSO), based in Denmark,...