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, April-June

5th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations: Trade Promotion Organizations Will Debate Their Role in Maximizing Their Country's or Region's Competitive Advantage through Innovation, at Their Biannual Meeting (Malta, 1-2 October 2004)
ITC and Malta Enterprise will jointly host the 5th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in Valletta, Malta. Organized by TPOs for TPOs, the Conference is a forum for networking, exchanging experiences and developing new ideas...
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African Businesses Raise Their Voices: African Countries Stand to Gain from Completing the Current Round of WTO Negotiations. ITC Is Helping Developing Countries Re-Engage in World Trade Talks through a Series of Regional Workshops That Bring Business and Government Together to Assess Their Gains and Sharpen Negotiating Strategies
Business in developing countries is advocating strongly for a return to the negotiating table, but it is an often-neglected voice in trade talks. ITC's Business for Development workshops help business leaders make their case with government negotiators...
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Assuring Development Gains from Trade: World Trade Has Risen Rapidly over the Past Two Decades. It Grew by 4.7% in 2003 and Is Estimated to Reach 7% This Year, According to UNCTAD. That Growth Has Extended to Many Developing Countries
Most developing nations, however, can boast only a small part of those gains. In particular, the share of the least developed countries (LDCs) in international trade has declined steadily, from 1.7% in 1970 to 0.6% in 2002. Trade performance varies...
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Bitter or Better Future for Coffee Producers? the Coffee Market Is Over-Supplied. with the Price of Coffee at Its Lowest in a Century, There Will Be Winners and Losers in the Fierce Competition for Exports. Getting Producers to "Add Value" to Coffee and Earn More Revenue Is a Commonly Proposed Solution. However, This Proposal Is Complex and, for Many Producers, Unrealistic
The collapse of world coffee prices is causing many exporting countries to suffer their worst economic crisis in years. How did this happen to one of the world's largest commodities? The over-supply of coffee is due to several factors: rapid expansion...
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Building Business Competitiveness
For small firms to meet the significant and growing challenges of globalization, they need governmental and institutional back-up. A three-pronged approach can help build and strengthen competitiveness: closer business-government partnership; effective...
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Building Capacity to Compete in Business
Globalization is changing business. Falling trade barriers, lower transport costs and communication technologies blur the lines between "domestic" and "international" markets. Whether businesses compete in foreign markets or compete locally with foreign...
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Dialogue with Stakeholders: Since 2002, ITC Has Achieved 20% Year-on-Year Growth in Delivery, and It Plans to Keep Up the Momentum in 2004. Innovation in Content and Delivery, Focus on Synergies and Greater Involvement of National Partners Are Helping Make Growth Sustainable
IITC kept three objectives in sharp focus throughout 2003. They were: * to remain a provider of specialized trade-related technical assistance and grow within its niche by intensifying, rather than diversifying, activities; * to combine its expertise...
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Focus on Women Exporters: The Results of ITC's Work with Women in Trade Are Challenging Perceptions of the Role of Women Exporters in Economic and Social Development-And the Need to Support Them
ITC's experience shows that women in international trade are often "social entrepreneurs", improving their lives and those of their families, employees and communities. The potential exists for many more such cases, but women entrepreneurs are often...
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Happy Birthday, International Trade Forum! in 2004, Forum Magazine Celebrates 40 Years of Trade Development News and Views
The International Trade Forum is the only global magazine dealing with trade from a business and developing country perspective. First published in 1964 and circulated to 10,000 readers, each issue now is distributed quarterly to 28,000 readers around...
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Intellectual Property Rights Help Drafts and Visual Arts Exporters: In a Joint Effort to Protect Artists and Artisans in Developing Countries from Theft of Their Creative Ideas, ITC and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Have Published a Guide Full of Practical Advice
"The 135-page guide is aimed at the innumerable craftspeople and artists throughout the developing world who often don't know how to protect themselves from unscrupulous imitators of their creations," says Maria-Mercedes Sala, ITC's Senior Market Development...
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ITC Sets a Course for Double-Digit Growth: ITC Set a Course for Double-Digit Growth during Discussions with Donors and Beneficiaries at Its Annual Meeting, the Joint Advisory Group on the International Trade Centre (26-30 April)
Over the last three years, ITC increased its delivery of technical assistance to developing and transition economies by over 20% each year for a total of 70% over three years. The launch of the Doha Development Round significantly increased requests...
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Launching ITC's 40th Anniversary: During Its Annual Meeting, ITC Launched Its 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Many Congratulated ITC on Its Achievements and Encouraged It to Continue along the Path It Has Set Itself
ITC's partners, donors and clients congratulated ITC on becoming a central player in trade-related technical assistance. They emphasized its closeness to the business sector, focus on least developed countries (LDCs), efforts to engage in broad partnerships...
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Meeting the Competitiveness Challenge
The global trading system is redefining business. Being competitive in today's interconnected economy means working within the rules of the trading system, as well as responding to more demanding markets. To meet the challenge, small firms in developing...
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Poor Communities Can Trade Up: For Producers in Poor Countries, Tapping into International Business Can Bring Access to Wider and Wealthier Markets
Trade does provide benefits, but they may not "trickle down" automatically to the poorest people. It's important to find solutions to fill the gaps between trade-related economic growth and poverty reduction. A business-driven approach ITC's...
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Recent ITC Publications
Business Guide to Trade Remedies in the European Community: Anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards legislation, practices and procedures 209 pages. Guide to trade remedy (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards) proceedings aimed at exporters...
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