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, 2003

A Closer Look In-Country Business Alliance
Relying on foreign direct investment alone is a risky path to export growth. From industrial clusters to contract farming, export production villages and hard business networks, in-country strategy options deserve a second look."Export strategy-makers...
A Country's Competitive Advantage
A business environment that fosters national competitiveness pays dividends across the board. Whatever its stage of development, export strategies that support innovation and use of technology will help a country move forward.Recent studies of national...
A Strategy to Increase Export Earnings
An innovative, sector-based approach to competitivesness focuses on getting more value from goods and services produced for export. Value chain analysis can help developing countries make the most of their exports.From the perspective of exporters, a...
Executive Forum 2003: Encouraging Business Advocacy
The next ITC/seco Executive Forum will take place in Cancun, Mexico on the eve of the WTO Ministerial Conference, and will include Bancomext among the co-hosts.Five years ago, ITC launched the Executive Forum series to help developing and transition...
Exploring New Trade Partnerships for LDCs
New opportunities for least developed countries (LDCs) have little to do with the past, thanks, in part, to globalization and new information technologies. Few are aware of the promising grass-roots stories of LDC exporters. A new generation of innovative,...
From the Editor
Can countries create and sustain export strategies that will foster growth and development as well as exploit commercial opportunity? Not all countries have explicit national export strategies, and fewer still have documented and measured strategies...
Is There a Case for National Branding?
Can national branding improve export competitiveness? Branding experts, business executives and government officials debated the issue as part of the Executive Forum process.When looking at strategies to increase national exports, decision-makers typically...
Managing Competitive Advantage
Successful national export strategies are based on identifying a country's competitive advantage and understanding how to make the most of it.Developing and transition economies, almost by definition, face severe resource constraints when organizing...
Measuring Performance
For a country, maintaining competitive advantage means managing the system which supports export development - and measuring performance. The tools are available. Nevertheless, they are rarely used, particularly by developing coutries. Why is this so?Too...
Progress in Lesotho on the Integrated Framework
How does cooperation for trade development in LDCs work in practice?The Government of Lesotho is forging ahead to integrate into the global economy through the development of pro-poor trade policies. At a national conference in February 2003, government...
Putting It All Together: ITC's Template for Strategy-Makers
Sustained improvement in export performance relies on a comprehensive, realistic national export strategy and the capacity to manage it. The fact is, however, that few developing countries have invested in formulating a national export strategy. Why?Debate...
Tourism: It's about Managing Competitiveness, Too
Tourism is a key industry to promote for a country seeking to increase its foreign revenues. For national strategy-makers, both optimism and caution are in order.Tourism is changing. Only a generation ago, relatively few people travelled abroad; if they...