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, 2004

At Davos, Doha Progress Fuels Debate
Despite the setbacks in Cancun, the Doha Development Agenda still offers opportunities for developing and transition economies - as this survey of the state of world trade talks makes clear.The World Trade Organization's DirectorGeneral, Supachai Panitchpakdi,...
Back to Montreux with Momentum
Executive ForumITC's Executive Forum moves back to Montreux, Switzerland this year after three innovative sessions in Cancun (Mexico), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago).The 2004 debate will be organized so that participating teams...
Clearing the Data Smog
Digital technology is a major, often unacknowledged, force in development. With the burst of the dot.com bubble behind, small firms and Asian countries are now poised to take advantage of new technologies. An overload of information, however, remains...
Early Days at ITC
As a preview to our end-of-year publication on ITC's 40th anniversary, we've turned to two ITC "historians": Jacqueline Rigoulet and Frederick J. Glover. In this interview they try to communicate what it was like to work in ITC during its early days.Fred:...
Extracts from ITC's Annual Report for 2003
The views from the field, below, give a flavour of technical assistance projects in action over the course of 2003.Kenya's first national export strategy"The first National Export Strategy ... has been prepared by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in...
Firms Gang Up against Bribes
Companies and multilateral organizations are moving against corruption in business life, bolstering national efforts to stamp out bribery.Corruption, declares the World Bank, is "the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development". President...
Forum Special Anniversary Edition: Call for Your Trade Development Stories
On the occasion of ITC's 40th anniversary, we'll issue a special collection of stories to show how ITC and its partners put trade to work for development. If you are from a developing or transition country and have export success stories, "best practices"...
From Outsourcing to Worldsourcing
"Worldsourcing" - global outsourcing - is benefiting a number of developing and transition economies. It is also fundamentally changing the structure of firms.Some developing and transition economies have recorded local improvements in living standards...
From the Editor
ITC: 40 Years of Trade DevelopmentThis year, ITC turns 40. So does International Trade Forum, which is ITC's oldest surviving service. Both ITC and its magazine have grown and changed over the years, but both have stayed true to ITC's mission: helping...
In Brief
PC-TAS: New Edition on CD-ROMITC's PC-TAS (Trade Analysis System for Personal Computers), covering the years 1998 to 2002, is now available.Developed as a market research tool, PC-TAS contains the import and export values (and quantities, when available)...
ITC and WASME Offer Trade Promotion Course
The World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) and ITC joined forces to offer a four-day training course in Geneva (January 2004) on "Developing Effective Trade Promotion Programmes". Attending the course at ITC headquarters were 30 senior...
ITC Periodicals
International Trade BulletinsITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITC listed below.* Market News Service. Price and market information...
ITC Today. Bridge-Building from South to South
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. But with support from ITC, it is helping Burundi to enter the rich global market of perfumes.A company in Haiti - one of the world's poorest and most troubled nations - is a major success on the international...
New EU Countries Expand Market Horizons
On 1 May 2004, ten countries will join the European Union (EU), creating the world's biggest single market. It will offer new opportunities even for those outside the EU.Europe's future dominated many of the discussions at the World Economic Forum's...
Our Readers Write
Going beyond reading Forum articles used in training workshopsMy organization, which subscribes to Forum, delivers services to developing country producers to enhance their export skills. As part of a new training workshop we are designing on effective...
Profits for Progress?
Who is "the responsible consumer", that new and powerful figure in business school lectures and trade negotiations? Someone who buys from a firm that shows "corporate social responsibility", it seems.Responsible consumers - those who want organic products,...
The Past Ten Years at ITC
The secret to success for any technical cooperation agency is to tailor its assistance programmes directly to the needs of its clients and to deliver them efficiently.Ten years ago, the landscape for world trade and trade-related technical assistance...
The Shape of Trade to Come
Being competitive in today's international marketplace is a complex affair. Trade talks, fighting corruption, outsourcing, value chains, technology and EU enlargement afe among the topical issues that affect the shape of trade to come.We've captured...
The Value Chain Revolution
A revolution is looming in the world of goods and services procurement. It will fundamentally change the relationships between costs and returns.Most companies, even small ones, understand the supply chain challenge. They realize that they must arrange...