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

Benchmarking for Small Enterprises: The International Competitiveness Gauge
The following is adapted from an audio-visual presentation delivered at the Joint Advisory Group Meeting in April 1998. At this year's Joint Advisory Group Meeting, ITC launched an affordable, confidential business improvement service based on benchmarking...
How to Approach Banks
Whom should you approach if you are interested in getting a short-term credit from a bank or other institution to finance your trading activities? You should base your decision on financing sources available in your country, on their effectiveness...
ITC: 1997 Highlights, Outlook for 1998
I am pleased to say that ITC has virtually completed the refocusing exercise it began in 1994. I shall outline where this reform is taking ITC. I shall address three themes: people, substantive matters, and organizational issues, in the context of...
ITC's Product-Network Approach
A few years ago, after redefining its priorities and core services, ITC focused its strategic thinking on how a relatively small technical assistance organization could best establish a broad reach far beyond its size and make a significant contribution...
Niche Markets for Insurance Services
Niche markets for developing countries in the insurance industry are opening quickly. Changing consumer attitudes, deregulation, pressure to reduce tariffs for services, demographics, the Internet and product liability laws are among the leading trends...
Using an Export Development Company: The Case of the Hesitant Weaver
Mohit Kumar was a happy young man. He literally danced as he carried to his father's office a letter received a short while ago. It bore the letterhead of the international trading company, Global Exports Ltd. Susan Laroche, a Canadian customer, had...