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 Vol. 2, April-June

A More Dynamic Transformative South-South Trade
South-South trade has grown steadily over the last decade to become an important feature of international trade. Growth has been rapid and has tended to cover a broader range of products than South-North trade. Moreover, growth has been evident in...
A New Frontier: Microinsurance: LeapFrog Investments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With an increasing demand for market based solutions to poverty, innovative businesses like LeapFrog Investments have identified the opportunity to develop business models targeting low-income customers that are profitable,...
Balance, Harmony & Sustainability in Uncertainties: Trends of Development of Global Economy in the Post-Crisis Era
With the prospect of recovery from the global financial crisis, enhanced by stimulatory spending by national governments, there are forces at work that will assist in developing a sustainable recovery, although some lingering risks remain. Emerging...
Connecting Industry to the Market: The Future of Cotton in Africa
Africa has traditionally been an important cotton production base. Before the textiles and clothing quota phase-out, cotton markets were mainly in Europe. In 2000, the 27 countries currently members of the European Union imported 1,077 million tons...
Female Entrepreneurs: Strengthening Export Competitiveness of Women Entrepreneurs in the Arequipa Textile and Clothing Sector
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Arequipa, Peru's second most industrialized city and commercial hub, supplies 85% of the world's alpaca fibre. Recognizing the export potential of women entrepreneurs in the Arequipa alpaca textile and clothing sector, ITC--together...
Forum Letter
The global economic crisis has radically changed market opportunities and the global business environment. As the global economy rebalances the new drivers of economic growth are expected to come from increasing consumption in and demand from emerging...
ITC Market Analysis Tools: Enhancing the Transparency of Global Trade and Market Access
Demand for ITC web-based trade analysis tools has increased dramatically as businesses struggle to deal with the fall-out of the global financial and economic crisis. With exporters eager for trade intelligence on emerging product and market opportunities,...
Joint Action: For Inclusive Tourism in Inhambane, Mozambique
The past decade has seen tourism drive poverty reduction, especially in Africa. Investments in the tourism industry have led to new employment opportunities and increased income for poor communities situated close to tourist destinations as a result...
Moving from Rhetoric to Reality: South-South Collaboration in Health Biotechnology
A study conducted into the health biotechnology sector in six developing countries with substantial biotechnology industries throws new light on far-reaching productive results of cooperation within the sector. The emergence of postcolonial South-South...
New Faces, New Voices: AfDB Supports the Economic Empowerment of African Women and the New Network New Faces, New Voices
As the global financial system is being reshaped, it is time for financial institutions and regulators to realize that women represent an emerging market. More financially inclusive policies for women are needed. Most new income growth, post-recession,...
New Opportunities in Global Outsourcing
With increasing globalization and technological developments that enable business processes independent of location, many countries around the world have become attractive sites for Western companies. While access to cheap labour was previously the...
New World Order: Shifting Markets in Trade, Investment and Opportunity: In the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, the Developing World Is Increasingly Becoming a Driver of the World Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, a new world order is emerging. It is a world of rapidly shifting markets characterized by changing patterns of trade, investment and opportunity. The developing world is increasingly...
South Africa & Brazil Furthering South-South Trade
The considerable expansion in South-South trade, especially in the last decade, is seen as an exciting new phenomenon with a number of developing countries among the major trade partners. Trade and investment ties between South Africa and Brazil in...
South-South Cooperation
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the driving forces of economic growth, international trade and finance will shift even more rapidly towards developing countries in Asia and the emerging economies, underscoring the importance of South-South...
Trade in Finance: Cross-Border Investments in Botswana: Africa Is Emerging as an Attractive Investment Destination and a Key Market for Goods and Services. Southern Africa, in Particular, Has Changed Significantly in the Past Decade Showing a Reduction in Levels of Indebtedness, an Increase in the Number of Politically Stable and Democratic Countries and Solid Measures to Curb Corruption
Situated in the heart of southern Africa is Botswana. Long the continent's most politically stable country, it is positioned as a domicile and gateway for investment and trade with the rest of Africa. It is English speaking and is characterized by...
Trade Support Responding to Shifting Markets
Managers of enterprises feel the effects of economic uncertainty in their home markets and struggle to interpret the changing economic climate and the direction change will take. For those fortunate to have effective trade support institutions (TSIs),...
What Are Chinese and Indian Firms Doing in Africa? Economist, Global Consultant and Author, Harry Broadman, Examines the Changing Face of Foreign Investment in Africa
The sustained rapid growth of many African economies over the past decade and a half, bolstered by resilience during the recent global economic crisis, has been appreciated more by the countries of the South than those of the North, the traditional...