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, 1998

Benchmarking for Small Enterprises: The International Competitiveness Gauge
A new ITC tool brings benchmarking within the reach of small exporting firms and helps improve their competitiveness in international markets. The following is adapted from an audio-visual presentation delivered at the Joint Advisory Group Meeting in...
Export Packaging
Trade and environment seminar in Tunisia. ITC presented legislative issues, eco-packaging trends and ISO 14000 standards at a seminar on the Impact of Environmental Measures on International Trade, organised by the Tunisian Ministries of Trade and of...
How to Approach Banks
Whom should you approach if you are interested in getting a short-term credit from a bank or other institution to finance your trading activities? You should base your decision on financing sources available in your country, on their effectiveness and...
ITC: 1997 Highlights, Outlook for 1998
With the refocusing exercise at ITC is in its final stages, ITC's future work will be oriented increasingly towards LDCs and SMEs. Several new technical assistance products are underway, based on ITC's "Product-Network" strategy. Cooperation with partner...
ITC Reform Process Applauded
Unanimous support for ITC reform, new products and strategies was expressed by countries attending ITC's annual intergovernmental meeting, the Joint Advisory Group (Geneva, 27 April - 1 May). Reform, begun in 1994, has aimed to employ ITC resources in...
ITC's Product-Network Approach
A few years ago, after redefining its priorities and core services, ITC focused its strategic thinking on how a relatively small technical assistance organization could best establish a broad reach far beyond its size and make a significant contribution...
Purchasing and Supply Management
ITC Training for Moldovan managers. ITC and the Swiss Association of Purchasing and Supply (ASAA) organized a National Training Programme for Purchasers and Material Managers for 19 purchasing and materials managers from Moldova (Geneva, 18 May - 10...
Regional Roundup
* Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States * Kazakhstan New project. An ITC project for "Trade Promotion and Export Development" has recently been signed by the Governments of Kazakhstan and Switzerland and by UNDP. Food processing...
Using an Export Development Company: The Case of the Hesitant Weaver
Mohit Kumar was a happy young man. He literally danced as he carried to his father's office a letter received a short while ago. It bore the letterhead of the international trading company, Global Exports Ltd. Susan Laroche, a Canadian customer, had...