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 July-September

Business-Related Services. (Market Profile)
The global market for business services is estimated at US$ 3 trillion for 2001, or approximately 10% of global gross domestic product. Exports of business services for 2001 are projected (based on International Monetary Fund (IMF) balance of payments...
Fish Products. (Market Profile)
The fish product sector is an important one for LOCs. Export turnover totals more than US$ 1.5 billion (of which US$ 0.9 billion comes from molluscs and crustaceans). Several LDCs are active in this sector: around 18 LDCs export frozen shrimps and...
From the Editor
It's unlikely that anyone who attended the ITO Business Sector Round Table (Brussels, 16 May) at the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries did not come away encouraged by the inventiveness, ingenuity, perseverance and energy...
International Matchmaking and Business Partnering. (Exporting Better)
In recent decades, industrialized countries have developed a number of direct instruments to help their national companies become active in the developing world. In matchmaking and similar business-partnering programmes, the sponsoring organization...
ITC Information Products: Expanded Coverage. (off the Shelf)
Looking for market overviews, trade development insights, exporter success stories or 'best practices' in developing and transition economies? These topics and more are available from ITC, which produces a wide range of information materials as part...
LDC Export Successes How to Make the Exception the Rule: How Can LDC Firms Take Greater Advantage of the Rapid Growth in World Trade? What Can Be Done to Make LDC Export Successes More the Rule Than the Exception? (Partners)
As ITC's Executive Director J. Denis Belisle told the World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations in Marrakech, Morocco, last year (see international Trade Forum issue 4/2000,p.4), trade promotion in the absence of a national environment that...
LDCs Myths and Reality: In Many Respects, the Overall Picture of LDCs Often Changes for the Better When We Look at the Situation More Closely. (ITC Speaks)
The market analysis undertaken by ITC for the Business Sector Round Table (BSRT) found that several generalizations about least developed countries (LDCs) are myths, presumptions based on an out-of-date reality. Other assertions about these countries,...
LDC Success Stories from Garments to Nonu Juice. (Exporting Better)
Twenty successful entreprenuers from LDCs were invited to ITC's and the Government of Norway's Business Sector Round Table organized at the request of UNCTAD during the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (Brussels, May...
Medicinal Plants. (Market Profile)
There are good prospects for export growth from LDCs in this market. Sales of herbal medicine alone are estimated to have exceeded US$ 12.5 billion in 1994 and US$ 30 billion in 2000, with annual growth rates averaging between 5% and 15%, depending...
Opportunities in Adversity. (Market Profile)
Some members of the business community in LDCs have achieved resounding success, pushing forward against the current to become achievers in adversity. They show there are tangible business opportunities. This article highlights ITO research identifying...
Romania and ITC Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership: In June, the Romanian Foreign Trade Centre Organized a One-Day Trade Symposium and Ceremony to Celebrate Ten Years of Successful Cooperation with ITC. (ITC News)
ITC has worked with the Romanian Government on a wide range of projects to deliver practical services to Romania's business community. 'This is a landmark year, and we would like to thank ITC for its focused, highly professional approach in helping...
Spices and Culinary Herbs. (Market Profile)
The world market for imported spices and culinary herbs is large, valued at just over US$ 2.3 billion. LDCs such as Madagascar, Comoros and the United Republic of Tanzania earn a substantial part of their foreign exchange from spice exports. The main...
Textiles and Garments. (Market Profile)
The textile sector represents around 25% of LDCs' total exports. Bangladesh alone accounts for more than 75% of textile exports, to the value of US$ 4 billion. LDC products: low-price garments in a higher-quality market In clothing as in cotton...
Tourism. (Market Profile)
World tourism grew by an estimated 7.4% in 2000 -- its highest growth in nearly a decade and almost double the increase of 1999. Directly or indirectly, tourism is estimated to provide 245 million jobs and over US$ 5 trillion in economic activity worldwide,...
Turning LDC Export Opportunities into Business. (ITC Speaks)
The ITC and Government of Norway Business Sector Round Table (BSRT) held on 16 May 2001 at the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (14-20 May 2001) put a surprising spotlight on the situation of the world's 49 poorest countries....
UNIDO and ITC Sign a Cooperation Agreement to Increase Exports. (ITC News)
In a bid to intensify industrial and trade development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ITC signed a Cooperation Agreement on 24 August 2001. With a budget of approximately US$ 5 million and a time span of three years,...
Views on LDC Export Development. (News and Views)
LDC exports: the global picture "LDCs are being bypassed by the process of globalization... [but] the share of trade in GDP remains relatively high in most LDCs compared with other developing countries." United Nations Programme of Action for...