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

... and the Thirty Years Before
Principal ITC developments over 30 years 26 Oct. 1962 Proposal for the establishment of an International Trade Information Centre made by the Brazilian representative to the GATT Council. 19 Mar. 1964 GATT Contracting Parties decide to...
At Davos, Doha Progress Fuels Debate: Despite the Setbacks in Cancun, the Doha Development Agenda Still Offers Opportunities for Developing and Transition Economies-As This Survey of the State of World Trade Talks Makes Clear
The World Trade Organization's Director-General, Supachai Panitchpakdi, has often described himself as an optimist. A year and a half after he took up his three-year post, he has been touring key capital cities in the last few months in an effort to...
Back to Montreux with Momentum: ITC's Executive Forum Moves Back to Montreux, Switzerland This Year after Three Innovative Sessions in Cancun (Mexico), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
The 2004 debate will be organized so that participating teams will also be able to attend the Fifth World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations being held in Valletta, Malta on 1-2 October. The theme will be building national competitive ness...
... Bridge-Building from South to South: Haiti Is One of the Poorest Countries in the World. but with Support from ITC, It Is Helping Burundi to Enter the Global Market of Perfumes
A company in Haiti--one of the world's poorest and most troubled nations--is a major success on the international market. It is the biggest producer on the planet of a key ingredient of perfumes and industrial fragrances. An entrepreneur in Burundi,...
Clearing the Data Smog: Digital Technology Is a Major, Often Unacknowledged, Force in Development. with the Burst of the Dot.com Bubble Behind, Small Firms and Asian Countries Are Now Poised to Take Advantage of New Technologies. an Overload of Information, However, Remains a Major Block to Using Technology for Business Intelligence
Technology leaders are convinced of the power of "e" to contribute to development. "Information technology is a major educational and economic engine," says John Chambers, Head of Cisco Systems, which supplies networking equipment and network management...
Early Days at ITC
As a preview to our end-of-year publication on ITC's 40th anniversary, we've turned to two ITC "historians": Jacqueline Rigoulet and Frederick J. Glover. In this interview they try to communicate what it was like to work in ITC during its early days....
Extracts from ITC's Annual Report for 2003
Kenya's first national export strategy "The first National Export Strategy ... has been prepared by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in close collaboration with the private sector in Kenya and ITC. "The first phase of this strategy covers ten...
Firms Gang Up against Bribes: Companies and Multilateral Organizations Are Moving against Corruption in Business Life, Bolstering National Efforts to Stamp out Bribery
Corruption, declares the World Bank, is "the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development". President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador agrees. "Corruption steals wealth from our own people," he says. "Corruption steals jobs. Corruption steals...
From Outsourcing to Worldsourcing: "Worldsourcing"-Global Outsourcing-Is Benefiting a Number of Developing and Transition Economies. It Is Also Fundamentally Changing the Structure of Firms
Some developing and transition economies have recorded local improvements in living standards by supplying the industrial world with products and services that are no longer profitable in high-cost labour economies. Current trends are for firms in...
ITC: 40 Years of Trade Development
This year, ITC turns 40. So does International Trade Forum, which is ITC's oldest surviving service. Both ITC and its magazine have grown and changed over the years, but both have stayed true to ITC's mission: helping the business sectors of developing...
New EU Countries Expand Market Horizons: On 1 May 2004, Ten Countries Will Join the European Union (EU), Creating the World's Biggest Single Market. It Will Offer New Opportunities Even for Those outside the EU
Europe's future dominated many of the discussions at the World Economic Forum's 2004 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In March 2000, the European Council in Lisbon agreed on a strategy to make the EU the world's most dynamic and competitive economy...
Profits for Progress? Who Is "The Responsible Consumer", That New and Powerful Figure in Business School Lectures and Trade Negotiations? Someone Who Buys from a Firm That Shows "Corporate Social Responsibility", It Seems
Responsible consumers--those who want organic products, environmentally friendly manufacturing methods and recyclable beverage containers--remain a minuscule minority of buyers, no doubt. But they represent a significant and growing segment of the...
Recent ITC Publications
Effective public-private partnership in the information technology sector: How to enhance business and trade capacities 184 pages. Study focusing on the significance of public-private partnership in the area of information and communications technology...
The Past Ten Years at ITC ... the Secret to Success for Any Technical Cooperation Agency Is to Tailor Its Assistance Programmes Directly to the Needs of Its Clients and to Deliver Them Efficiently
Ten years ago, the landscape for world trade and trade-related technical assistance changed fundamentally. The creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the advent of the Internet and world-scale competition combined in a manner that presented...
The Shape of Trade to Come
Being competitive in today's international marketplace is a complex affair. Trade talks, fighting corruption, outsourcing, value chains, technology and EU enlargement are among the topical issues that affect the shape of trade to come. We've captured...
The Value Chain Revolution: A Revolution Is Looming in the World of Goods and Services Procurement. It Will Fundamentally Change the Relationships between Costs and Returns
Most companies, even small ones, understand the supply chain challenge. They realize that they must arrange for supplies to arrive when they need them, process their products as efficiently as possible and arrange for their delivery when they are demanded....