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 April-June

Australia: Doubling SME Exporters. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
Australia is embarking on an ambitious plan to double the number of Australian exporters by 2006 and to increase community support for international trade by raising awareness of the benefits of trade and investment. Australia plans to double the...
Competing with Confidence
"The 4th World Conference of TPOs came at the right time land focused on the right issues -- issues that we must all address. There appears to be a consensus that: * the role of TPOs needs to be reinforced, redefined and made better known; *...
E-Trade Bridge Follow-Up: First E-Trade Assessor Training Workshop. (in Brief)
ITC hosted the first training workshop for e-trade assessors (Geneva, June 2002) as the start of a "Winning with the Web" initiative to raise SME managers awareness of e-trade. The training provides concrete examples of how information and communication...
From the Editor
"Staying relevant" are the key words for this issue of Forum. What direction should trade promotion organizations (TPOs) take in turbulent business times, to help their clients remain competitive and stay relevant to them? The new Doha round of...
Future Roles for TPOs: Meeting the Competitiveness Challenge. (ITC Speaks)
In a turbulent business environment, the immensity of commercial opportunity will be matched only by the intensity of competition. Buyers' positions will continue to strengthen and exporters' capability to compete will increasingly determine their...
Growing Taste for Organic Products in the United States. (Market Profile)
Driven by increased consumer awareness, the market for organic food and beverages is developing rapidly. In the United States, the world's largest market for this product group, analysts expect demand to continue growing in the short to medium term....
Hong Kong: Staying Relevant. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
TPOs are facing many challenges in a dynamic, fast-changing environment. But there are also opportunities if they can "renovate and reinvent" to remain relevant. Hong Kong's TPO is one example. After several difficult years, the Hong Kong Trade Development...
In Beijing, Networking for Trade Development. (ITC Speaks)
How best can national trade promotion organizations contribute to trade development and poverty reduction? How best can they contribute to national competitiveness, in a fast-changing trade environment? These were the underlying questions debated...
International Trade Bulletins. (ITC Periodicals)
ITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITC listed below. * Market News Services. Price and market information for nine primary and/or...
ITC Launches TradeMaps. (ITC Information Products)
About 88% of export products face environment-related trade measures in at least one importing country. These measures also directly affect 13% of world trade (or about US$ 850 billion out of world merchandise exports of US$ 6.5 trillion in 2000)....
ITC's Annual Meeting: Accent on Doha. (ITC News)
Support to the Doha Development Agenda was the focus of ITC's annual meeting, called the Joint Advisory Group Meeting (Geneva, 15 to 19 April 2002). The Group reviewed ITC's activities over the past year and looked to its future work programme, in...
ITC's Information Resources for TPOs. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
Networking The 3rd World Conference of TPOs (Marrakech, 2000) emphasized the need for TPOs to form regional and international networks to share experiences and find common solutions to help their countries move forward. At the 4th World Conference,...
Japan: New Outreach, at Home and Abroad. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
Global trends in foreign investment, industry restructuring, the spread of international trade rules and the instantaneous availability of business information on the Internet are moving JETRO's focus beyond national borders. The Japan External...
Korea: Reform Focuses on the Customer. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
New trends in international trade mean that TPOs need to reassess to stay relevant to their clients. The Korea Trade-investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) has, in its own words, focused on essentials -- customers' needs. From new customer satisfaction...
Morocco: New Roles for TPOs in the Digital Era. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
The industries and countries that are already aboard the digital train are finding themselves on the fast track to better export performance. But many firms in developing countries are reluctant to get on board for a variety of reasons, ranging from...
Singapore: New Mission, New Name. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
International Enterprise Singapore, or IE Singapore, is the new name of Singapore's TPO, formerly known as the Singapore Trade Development Board. The new name reflects the new mission: to help Singapore-based companies to grow and internationalize...
TPO Conference Sparks Cooperation. (Partners News and Views)
Cote d'Ivoire, China Sign Agreement The Cote d'Ivoire Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) took the opportunity during the 4th World Conference of TPOs in Beijing to sign a partnership...
United States: What the Information Age Means to a TPO. (TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment)
The Information Age means many things to people and organizations (for example, new business processes, more speed, more choice). Above all, it means the Internet. Companies and individuals can find information in many places on the Internet, but a...