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. 1, January

A New Trade Democracy ... in the Making
A new trade democracy? Perhaps not yet, bur signs of change are there. A short time ago, people saw trade policy as a matter for economists outlining trade scenarios, government officials negotiating behind closed doors or business lobbies in Washington,...
Donors Evaluate ITC: An External Evaluation Recommends Steps to Build on ITC's Comparative Advantage as a Provider of Trade-Related Technical Assistance
Donors and beneficiaries welcomed the outcome of a two-year external evaluation of ITC at an informal meeting of its Joint Advisory Group in November 2005. Led by the Government of Denmark and supported by a group of donors, the evaluation was comprehensive...
Giving Voice to the "Silent Majority": The Challenge to Building Business Advocacy Is to Develop Business-Government Dialogue, but Also to Bring in Small Firms, the Informal Sector and Other Parts of Society
Report of "Business for Development" meeting, Hong Kong, China Government trade officials, business representatives and researchers at a "Business for Development" forum in December 2005 stressed the need for business to make its views known to...
Good Governance Opens New Doors to Advocacy: For a Model of Good Governance in Trade Policy, "Make It Open, Make It Fair. and Make It Inclusive", Says Michel Kostecki
A question levelled at WTO Director-General, Pascal Lamy, during a 90-minute online "chat" in late February 2006 was: "In your view, what should be the role of the business community in order to bring the Doha round to a successful conclusion?" He...
Humanizing Globalization: We Need to Address the "Double Face" of Globalization and Work towards Sustainable Economic and Social Development for All People
More and more people demand that we "humanize" globalization. In rich and poor countries, there is a widely-held perception that globalization has negative effects on some individuals. Increasingly, the public is of the view that we cannot ignore these...
ITC and Denmark Help South-South Cotton Trade: ITC, with Financial Support from Denmark, Is Seeking to Improve the Competitiveness of African Cotton Exports, Especially to Asia
Trade ministers meeting in Hong Kong, China last year urged the development community and WTO members to "further scale up its cotton-specific assistance [and] promote and support South--South cooperation, including transfer of technology". An ITC-led...
Meet ITC's New Leaders
Patricia Francis, Executive Director An award-winning leader and business facilitator, Patricia R. Francis will head ITC from June 2006. Mrs Francis comes to ITC from the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), of which she has been President since...
Multilateralism Is Better for Business: The Multilateral Trading System Is the Surest Way to Build Up the Global Production Systems from Which More Countries and Firms Can Benefit
The aftermath of the World Trade Organization's Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, China is a good time to remind ourselves of why multilateral trade agreements serve the interests of today's global production system in a way that the alternative--a...
New Jobs for Poor Communities through Trade
There are some stories that tell good news. It is worth keeping this in mind in a world where bad news sells, fed by a steady diet of headline-grabbing slogans and superbly crafted but frequently hollow generalizations by the forces of "anti"--anti-globalization,...
Newsletters at ITC: New and Improved: Inside Stories, Training Resources and the Background to Some Hands-On Projects
At regular intervals during the year, one or more ITC newsletters appear online, in print or both. They all focus on trade-related technical assistance (TRTA): sometimes, they are a news resource, reporting on TRTA project events, progress and developments;...
Promoting Services Trade in Southern Africa: For the First Time, Service Associations in Southern Africa Met to Discuss the Potential of Regional Trade for Their Exporters
While service firms account for much of southern Africa's economic growth and new jobs, export strategies in the region have rarely focused on this "invisible" sector. Countries need to be more sensitive to the fact that trade in services exists and...
Putting Market Access Issues on the Map: Developing Countries Can Use ITC's Market Access Map to Analyse Market Access Conditions for the Doha Round of Trade Talks
When it comes to keeping existing export markets and finding new ones, understanding market access conditions remains a key challenge for developing countries. The WTO Ministerial meeting in December 2005 renewed the pressure on countries worldwide...
The Trade Debate Needs the Voice of Business: Business Can Do More to Build Public Understanding of the Benefits of the Multilateral Trading System
This is no time for disengagement or complacency. The period is one of great opportunity, with vast new markets opening and quantum leaps in technology. It is also one of grave risks, with the rise of trade protectionism and trade "preferentialism"....
TPOs in Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges: The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Trade Will Be the Theme of the 6th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations, to Be Held in Dubai on 13-14 November 2006
Leaders of trade promotion organizations (TPOs) and other trade support institutions will meet at an event co-hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ITC. From Malta to Dubai The conference, the sixth of its kind, is an opportunity...
Trade Talks: How ITC Can Help
ITC Programmes on Trade Talks While most of ITC's work focuses on helping nations improve their ability to supply goods and services that are competitive in world markets, these programmes are designed specifically to help countries strengthen their...
Uganda's Services Coalition Finds Strength in Numbers: For Very Small Service Firms in Uganda, Forming a Coalition Gave Them a Collective Voice, Resources and Influence with Trade Negotiators
Governments conduct negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), but in practice it is businesses that trade. In least developed countries (LDCs) like Uganda, it is small firms that trade the most. They have a fundamental stake...