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Articles from No. 2, April-June

Across Three Continents: A Journey from Bananas to Chips: A Peruvian Entrepreneur, Far from the Capital, Turns Plaintain Bananas, a Low-Return Commodity, into Chips, a High-Value Export. Finding a Training Partner in Management Skills Proved the Key to Moving This Peruvian Exporter Up the Value Chain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] by Trade Forum editorial team Until 1993 Luis Augusto Pajuelo, a farmer in Piura, north-western Peru, was selling bananas at a very low price. Then he hit on the idea of marketing a traditional, locally based snack--thinly...
Aid for Trade: Montreux Meeting Brings Business Voice to Aid for Trade Assessments: From Trade Policy to Project Design, Listening to the Voice of Business Is the Key to Making Sure That Aid for Trade Really Boosts Exports
Business association leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America met with trade experts in Montreux, Switzerland in June to shape ideas on how best to channel foreign aid to help developing countries boost their exports. The three-day dialogue...
A Step-by-Step Guide to Food Safety Requirements: New ITC/ISO Handbook Targets Small Firms
ITC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) have just released a handbook and diagnostic CD-ROM to make it easier for small, food product exporting firms to understand and meet food safety standards for international markets. ISO...
Changing Mindsets with ACCESS! to Markets: Targeted Programmes Help Women Exporters Get the Assistance They Need
I would like to speak on behalf of the women entrepreneurs that I have been representing for the past three or four years. The reality is that we are very small, we work in isolation and we produce numerous products. How do we change our smallholder...
Creating Wealth, Reducing Poverty: A Key to Transform Economies and Meet the Millennium Development Goal to End Poverty by 2015 Is Ensuring That Trade Becomes Part of Development Policy, with a Central Role for Women and Small Business
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A change is under way. Business, government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have realized that they must join forces if they are to tackle one of the big-challenges of this century: ending poverty. Central to this...
CSR: A Stepping Stone in Regional Markets: A Botswana Entrepreneur, Inspired to Make His Continent a Safer and Cleaner Place, Is Using His South-South Connections to Expand His Waste Sanitation Business
My story started when I had the opportunity to go and study in the United States. It was very different from the environment that I was used to in Africa. I decided that I really wanted to venture into a business where I could contribute in a small...
European Buyers Meet Organic Farmers in Uganda: European Importers of Organic Products Meet Ugandan Exporters and Farmers Face to Face on ITC's Buyers' Tour
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Judith Chemutai has just started working as a field officer for Kawacom Ltd, one of Uganda's major coffee exporters. She works near Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda, where some 4,700 farmers grow certified organic coffee on the...
If You Can't Sell It, Don't Make It: Oman Used ITC's Tools for an Integrated Solution to Diversify Exports in Its Oil-Fuelled Economy
For a long time we had an economic policy based on the following principle: if it moves, tax it; if it is still moving, legislate it; if it stops, subsidize it. Obviously we didn't get anywhere. Since 1996 we have conducted a new strategy. We identified...
In Pictures: Strategies to Take off with Exports
Moving up the Value Chain High-end manufacturing [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] China mores up: Over time, entire industry sectors and even national economies can more up the value chain. While low-end exports are losing momentum in China, high-end...
Linking Business Communities to Export Markets: Romania's National Strategy Connects Regions, Towns and Villages. the Aim Is to Build a Broader Base of Exporters and a New Range of Exports That Meet Demands in New Markets, Especially in the European Union
Romania's approach to export development can be summed up in one sentence. First, come together at the national level and work out how to act locally; then, make efforts to ensure local impact through a national strategy and an institution that can...
Meet Our Readers: Meet a Long-Standing Partner at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
In the last issue, we began a new series featuring individual Trade Forum readers. The aim is to share ideas on how readers are using the magazine to get to grips with trade development trends and issues. This time, Sambuu Demberel, Chairman and...
New Business-NGO Partnerships Help the World's Poorest: Innovative Approaches to Reduce Poverty through Trade Are Bringing Business, NGOs, Government and Aid Agencies Together in New Ways
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] "We believe that the leading global companies of 2020 will be those that provide goods and services and reach new customers in ways that address the world's major challenge--including poverty, climate change, resource depletion...
New Trade and Investment Agency in Sierra Leone
In its post-war efforts to revitalize exports, Sierra Leone has set up a new trade promotion authority, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency. The initiative is part of a larger reform process to make it easier to do business in...
South African Firms Look to Expand Their Share of UN Procurement: The Latest Annual Meeting of UN Buyers Allowed South African Firms to Make New Business Contacts, Building on an ITC Partnership with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry
South African suppliers and United Nations (UN) procurement officers explored how to expand South African business presence among UN buyers for relief items, in a June meeting organized by the dti, South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry. ...
Taking off with Trade
September marks the midway point in a worldwide effort to "Make Poverty History"--the aim of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN-led initiative to reduce poverty by 2015. We need to step up the pace to meet these goals. Building the capacity...
The New ITC: Responding to What Countries and Clients Want
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ITC's roadmap for the future emerged during the most recent meeting of its Joint Advisory Group, held in April this year. The aim is to move ITC from having strong products to delivering strategic solutions for its clients....
Viet Nam Integrates Trade Defence into Its Policy: For Successful Trade Defence, Business and Government Need a Shared System and Understanding. ITC Worked with the Newest WTO Member to Set Up the Foundations
In January 2007, Viet Nam became the 150th member of the World Trade Organization, after 11 years of preparation, including eight years of negotiation. At the time, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy commented on the "remarkable efforts" that Viet Nam...
World Cup 2010: ITC Supports Tourism Development Kick-Off
Officials, tourist industry leaders and community organizations from South Africa's Eastern Cape province met in Port Elizabeth in June to ensure the region uses the 2010 FIFA World Cup to create a solid basis for reducing poverty, through a lasting...