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, October-December

Aid for Trade and the Private Sector: A Partnership That Works
The private sector is a key partner in fostering economic development through investments in new businesses, creating jobs and providing an innovative range of goods and services. All these activities have potential benefits for the least developed...
Aid for Trade as Investment: In Trade: Engaging the Private Sector
The Third Global Review of Aid for Trade was a successful exploration and examination of the successes and challenges of the six year Aid for Trade initiative. Initiated to aid developing countries in expanding their supply-side and productive capacity...
Aid for Trade Strategy in the Pacific
Just 100,000 people live within the Republic of Kiribati's 3.5 million square kilometre territory in the South Pacific. Kiribati is one of the most remote countries in the world, thousands of kilometres from major ports such as Shanghai, Sydney and...
Art Atlas: A Dream That Came True
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The story of Art Atlas Peru is proof that shrewd business and a commitment to social welfare can go hand in hand. Art Atlas Peru is an ecological and socially driven enterprise that produces sweaters and cardigans from the...
Aspiration vs Reality: Local Perspectives on Regional Trade
While certain proponents of global free trade may disagree, regional trade blocs offer a compelling model for economic development. By removing barriers to trade within a region--harmonizing regulation to enable the free flow of goods, services and...
Critical Mass for a Critical Message: Empower Women, Power Procurement
It has taken several centuries for laws to change in ways that support women's equal right to lead countries and corporations--to the benefit of the global economy. The positive correlation between gender equality and the level of competitiveness,...
Developing Future Trade Policy Leaders: Graduates of the ITC Training Programme Reflect on What They Learned
Building the capacity to participate in global trade is becoming increasingly critical for economic growth in developing countries. This is not a task with a clear start and end; it is a process that has to be set in motion with small initiatives....
Developing the Cotton Value Chain in Africa
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ITC's Cotton Development Initiative uses South-South cooperation to make Africa a stronger competitor in the international cotton trade. It has two major focus areas: facilitating learning and collaboration with countries...
Economic Integration in Asia-Pacific
Three years after the financial crisis, the global economy remains weak, and fears of another recession persist. The euro zone debt crisis, a slowdown in the United States economy and volatile food and energy prices threaten to send shockwaves around...
Empowering Zambian Farmers through South-South Cooperation
Cotton is one success of Zambia's turn towards a market economy and offers a powerful tool for poverty reduction. Until recently, the industry had been dominated by the foreign-owned private sector that dictated prices and marketing arrangements for...
Fashion: A Catalyst for Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The potential of the private sector to reduce poverty is well recognized; however, this has not been evident in the fashion...
Focus on Procuring from Women
The day before Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum opened, more than 30 business leaders, government officials and representatives from trade support institutions and women's associations took part in the Third Senior Executive Roundtable on Sourcing...
Message From
Enhancing companies' ability to trade is a key element of national development agendas. In recent years, Aid for Trade has become the main vehicle for such investment in developing economies. Aid for Trade provides a platform for governments to...
Poised for WTO Membership: The Russian Federation
When I opened the 31st formal, and final, Working Party on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO, jubilation and excitement were in the air. It was among the most eagerly awaited events at the WTO, bringing to a close 18 years of talks...
Results-Based Management: Delivering Aid for Trade with the Beneficiaries in Mind
Despite the current economic crisis, there is growing evidence that trade continues to be one of the major factors enabling economic and social development. Trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) is thus as relevant as ever. However, the providers...
South-South Cooperation with ITC Facilitation
Introduced in the early 1900s, cotton farming in Kenya did not expand greatly until the 1970s. At that time, cotton was identified by the government as a crucial crop to fight poverty in the country and at least 20 ginneries were established. The industry's...
South-South Expansion in the Coffee Trade: Brazil's Pinhalense Exports Processing Equipment throughout the Coffee-Producing World
The coffee value chain, in general terms, runs along a South-North axis, extending from grower to trader to roaster to retailer to consumer. But there is one distinctly South-South aspect to the industry: the trade in coffee processing equipment. ...
The Informal Economy: Here to Stay?
In the 1960s and 1970s, the informal economy was widely expected to shrink with economic growth. Yet in spite of strong global growth and a massive increase in international trade, informal activity appears all the more pervasive. It is now estimated...
The Private Sector Connection: EIF & Aid for Trade
I met Judith, heading up her household in Monze, on a recent trip to southern Zambia to see first-hand the type of projects that the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) programme is looking to support in the dairy sector. It was both humbling and inspiring...
The Shape of Globalization: China's Remarkable Role
Ten years ago, China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its membership and integration into the world economy had a huge--and hugely un derestimated--positive impact on global prosperity. Consumers gained from less expensive imports and, more...
Towards an Economic Community in Southeast Asia
Asia's coming of age has been the development story of the past 40 years. The reasons for this are varied, but some of the more significant factors have been knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and increased economic integration and cooperation...
Towards More Meaningful Evaluation of Aid for Trade Investments
Measuring the impact of Aid for Trade (A4T) development programmes, and analysing how they might have been implemented differently to achieve better results, is fundamental. High-quality monitoring and evaluation (M&E) provides insights that can...
Using the Power of APEC to Advance Women in Trade
Women are a significant force in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a forum for 21 Pacific-rim countries and the primary vehicle for promoting open trade and practical economic cooperation in the region. Despite advances made since the first...
Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum: New Strategies for Inclusion
There are two main roadblocks to increasing women's share of international procurement, though neither is easy to address. First, women entrepreneurs who want to sell their products or services to multinational corporations (MNCs) often do not know...