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 October-December

Avoiding Intellectual Property Disputes. (Exporting Better)
Businesses often rely on employees or independent consultants to develop their intellectual property assets and assume that they automatically own the intellectual property rights on the resulting creations. However, this is not always the case. ...
Building a Network with Trade Development Periodicals. (ITC Information Products)
With the publication of the magazine issue on "TPOs in Turbulent Times", ITC has invited a number of trade development periodicals in developing and transition economies to partner with Forum by reprinting, translating and matching Forum articles with...
Buying from Africa for Africa. (Project Spotlight)
A year ago, Forum reported on an ITC programme to increase procurement from African suppliers by international aid agencies working in Africa (issue 4/2001). Using market research, training and face-to-face meetings between buyers and sellers, the...
From the Editor
We named this issue Trade Law Gets Down to Business, because we present new legal approaches to emerging business needs, and provide them in a "business briefing" format. With a new global mindset, and the technology to support it, more and more...
International Joint Ventures. (Exporting Better)
At long last, specialists have agreed upon two model contracts for international joint ventures. Legal experts from a Geneva law firm who provided the initial drafts describe their features. For several decades, companies' legal departments secretly...
International Trade Rules: What Every Exporter Should Know. (ITC Speaks)
On average, almost everyone has witnessed the birth of two nations each year of his or her existence. So, if you are 50 years old, then about 100 new countries will have been created since your birth. Membership of the United Nations (UN) grew from...
ITC's Online Trade Information Reference System. (ITC Information Products)
For exporters to succeed in today's competitive global markets, they need export strategies that are backed up by efficient information capabilities. ITC's online Trade Information Reference System helps TSIs deliver reliable information services....
ITC, UNCTAD Launch BioTrade Facilitation Programme. (ITC News)
As consumers become more environmentally conscious, "green" products and services offer vast new trade opportunities. Companies trading in natural products that can show respect for the environment are also likely to be more competitive than others....
Joint Venture Contracts: Fifty-Five Minds for a Model. (Exporting Better)
A worldwide premiere: ITC joint venture model contracts for SMEs. It is September 2002. In a large conference room in Geneva, under the supervision of ITO, top lawyers and legal experts on joint ventures from developed and developing economies,...
Negotiating Technology Licensing Agreements. (Exporting Better)
For small and medium-sized enterprises with limited resources or for individual inventors reluctant to go it alone, licensing technology can mean a "win-win" situation when the terms are negotiated with the interests of all parties in mind. Using...
New Look, New Content and New Readers for ITC's Magazine Online. (What's New - Forum Online)
With a new look, new content and new readers, ITO's online version of its magazine, International Trade Forum, is attracting renewed interest from trade development professionals. Launched in April 2001, the Forum web site now attracts over 40,000...
OHADA Four Years On: One Business Law for 16 African Countries; the Success of an Organization That Is Harmonizing Business Laws in Africa Is a Model for the Rest of the World. (Close Up)
In 1998, Forum announced what was then an adventure, and is now a groundbreaking success. The Organization for Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) has unified regional business laws to an extent unheard-of anywhere else. Until recently,...
Primer for Exporters: International Sales Contracts. (Exporting Better)
Any firm developing its business in the international arena faces challenges, not least of which is the contract itself. It would be easy to refer the contractual issues to a specialist lawyer, but this may not be realistic for many firms. Two ready-to-use...
Selling through Agents and Distributors. (Exporting Better)
Contracts involving intermediaries bring together people with diverging requirements. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has made a series of contracts available that balance these conflicting interests. Associations representing specific...
Settling out of Court: How Can You Have a Final and Binding Decision over a Business Dispute out of Court? Arbitration Is the Only Definitive Solution. (Close Up)
You are a South American company entering into several agreements with different buyers in Asia and Africa. The last thing you want is to be entangled one day in a dispute before the other parties' courts. Incidentally, they feel the same about your...
Southern Africa Focuses on Competitiveness at Trade Week
ITC research has shown that what sets successful exporting countries apart is a joint public-private strategy to build and keep competitive advantage. To this end, business and government leaders from 14 Southern African Development Community (SADC)...
Tunis Showcases African Leather Industry
Meet in Africa, the most important trade event for the African leather industry, brings together the African and international leather sectors. The event gives African entrepreneurs greater access to regional and overseas market opportunities. At the...
What Does It Mean When You Click "I Agree"? (Exporting Better)
Ignoring the small print when buying and selling through the Internet might cost you money. More and more courts are upholding electronic agreements which are based on easy-to-find terms that buyers have to accept explicitly, such as by clicking an...