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, 2009

Beyond Investment: Engaging the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation
The private sector has an important role to play in the effective development and implementation of trade facilitation strategies beyond investment alone. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in trade facilitation are valuable in identifying the needs...
Boosting Competitiveness: Itc's New Business Guides
Designed to help businesses boost trade eompetitiveness-and to inspire entrepreneurship- these nine practical guides are targeted at small firms in developing countries and trade support institutions that work with them,01 Guide to Geographical Indications:...
Cadbury Goes Fairtrade
On a cocoa farm in Ghana, two chief executives sit on a log talking about their respective business goals. One is the CEO of Cadbury, Todd Stitzer; the other is the UK Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb. They are reflecting on the stories...
Letter from the International Trade Centre
During 2009 the Trade Forum team has examined the financial crisis, Aid for Trade and the creative economy. It has been a year of unprecedented economic, social and environmental turmoil which has resulted in the poorest of the poor taking the brunt...
Nestlé's Public-Private Partnerships in Agrioultural Sourcing
THE WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY, NESTLÉ, SOURCES RAW AGRICULTURAL MATERIALS DIRECTLY FROM NEARLY 160,000 PRODUCERS AND 600,000 FARMERS IN MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THE COMPANY RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS DIRECT RELATIONSHIPS...
New Developments in Philanthropy: How Private Foundations Are Changing International Development
In recent decades a broad range of non-state actors ranging from multinational firms to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become key players in development finance alongside more traditional players such as official aid agencies and multilateral...
Patient Capital: A Third Way to Think about Aid
FOUNDED IN 2001, ACUMEN FUND IS A NON-PROHT GLOBAL VENTURE ORGANIZATION THAT USES ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACHES TO HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF GLOBAL POVERTY."Acumen Fund is a not-forprofit group (but not a charity) that is supported by investors (not donors)...
Philanthropic Foundations for the Future: Different Approaches to Global Issues
The trend towards private philanthropic foundations has seen some of the world's most powerful past and present leaders lending business and political clout to public-private partnerships for international development.WRITESTrade Forum EditorialTHE BILL...
Public-Private Partnerships and the Creative Sector
Through initiatives such as the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity and the Creative Cities Network, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has highlighted the importance of fostering public-private partnerships...
Public-Private Partnerships for Integrated Customs Services in Ghana
CASE STUDYOver the last ten years, the Government of Ghana has shown a firm strategic commitment to attracting export- oriented investments, facilitating trade and enhancing Ghanaian competitiveness. Reforming the processes and procedures used by the...
Responsible Investment: Why Should Private Equity Care?
Never before have the objectives of the international community and the business world been so aligned. Through the UN Global Compact, common goals, such as building markets, combating corruption, safeguarding the environment and ensuring social inclusion,...
THE EVOLVING LINKS BETWEEN BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES IN PPPs
The private sector has never played a greater or more influential role in international economic development than it does today While 20 years ago the public sector delivered the majority of foreign assistance, today we are faced with a very different...
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Public-Private Partnerships
Is the developing world facing another lost decade in infrastructure investment like the one that followed the 1997 Asian financial crisis? It is still too early to gauge the full impact of the current crisis, but this time the global market for private...
The Need for Good Information
KPMG's contribution to public-private partnerships in developing locations.It might seem obvious that a multinational commercial organization wanting to make a contribution to social development can best do so by using its core competencies. For some...
The Private Sector: Important Partners in Aid for Trade
Aid for Trade can provide a significant stimulus to economic growth in developing countries but decisions on where to apply it should include the views of the private sector - for indeed it is the pnvate sector that trades and it understands the areas...
The Role of the Private Sector in Export Strategy Development
A strong united voice from the private sector is vital to promote the irnportance of trade in national development plans.In recent years, there has been much greater awareness of the need to engage the private sector directly in policy dialogue, particularly...
Tourism Services Liberalization in the Caribbean-European EPA Negotiations
CASE STUDYIn Barbados, collaboration between the public and private sectors successfully secured better tourism trade conditions than that afforded by the World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services.The Economic Partnership Agreement...
Ugandan Coffee Growers
IN UGANDA, THE GOOD AFRICAN COFFEE COMPANY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITC, IS DEMONSTRATING HOW PUBLICPRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON LOW-INCOME RURAL COMMUNITIES.The first time Andrew Rugasira drove the 800 kilometres (500 miles) from...
Viet Nam's Fisheries Exports to the Ec
CASE STUDYThe fisheries and aquaculture sectors are significant contributors to the economy of Viet Nam. However, between 1976 and 1992, the Vietnamese fisheries sector experienced rapidly declining outputs due to adverse conditions such as low skills...
What Makes a Good Deal? the Changing Role of Csr in Corporate Culture
IAN JARMANPosition Chief Executive OfficerOrganizationSpring Worldwide LimitedIn the private sector, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes are no longer an optional luxury but are becoming an integral part of "good" corporate governance and...
Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation
There's no alternative to sustainable development. Even so, many companies are convinced that the more environment-friendly they become, the more the effort will erode their competitiveness. They believe it will add to costs and will not deliver immediate...
World Trade Promotion Organization Conference and Awards 2010
The 8th World Trade Promotion Organizations Conference and Awards will be hosted by ProMexico in Rivera Nayarit, near Puerto Vallaría, Mexico on 14-15 October 2010. The biennial conference will bring together global leaders of trade promotion organizations...