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

African Leather Industry Meets in Casablanca
Despite Africa's importance as a supplier of raw material, it accounts for less than 2% of the world's leather trade. ITO seeks to increase Africa's share, especially in the production and trade of finished leather goods, which accounts for over half...
Australia's TPO Experience
This is an example of a TPO that has assessed the IT skills of its clients, and is adapting its services to take adavantage of an increasingly digital economy. While the recent international interest in Australia has been focused on it playing host...
China's TPO Experience
How can trade promotion organizations add value in a changed environment, where access to technology can bring vast amounts of information directly to businesses? The lessons from these two national examples, presented at the third World Conference...
Counting the Value of Crafts
New recommendation urges countries to measure export value of artisanal products ITC encourages national governments to implement a new recommendation of the World Customs Organization (WCO). Last year, this magazine issued a market profile on...
Developing Purchasing Association Services: Uganda's Experience
The Procurement and Logistics Management Association (PALMA) was launched in January 1995, and now has over 200 members. Seeking to overcome key problems in the procurement chain in Uganda, it has concentrated on building competence among purchasing...
E-Business Marketplaces
A Revolution in International Trade A real revolution is happening in nearly every market in which you export that will change the way that trade support institutions (TSIs) operate. The seat of this revolution is business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces....
From the Editor
Networking for trade development is the common thread of this issue. Shaped by technology, networking is taking on a new importance, and new forms. The articles showcase some trade promotion organizations, their networking tools, and how they are used...
Improving SME Access to Public Procurement
Spending 9%--13% of the gross domestic product (GDP), government is the biggest buyer of goods and services for many developing countries. How can governments take advantage of this in order to internationalize small firms, create new regional trade...
Informal Meeting of Joint Advisory Group: ITC's Trade Information and Market Development Programmes
ITC hosted the second informal session of its Joint Advisory Group on 2 November 2000 in Geneva. The session allows one division of ITO to present its work programme to the organization's stakeholders. This year featured ITC's Division of Product and...
ITC Executive Forum Export Development in the Digital Economy
For the second time, ITC organized an Executive Forum event, in order to assess the implications of cutting-edge trade development trends for export strategy-makers (Montreux, Switzerland, 27-30 September 2000). This year's topic was "Export Development...
Networking among Trade Promotion Organization
TPOs Meet in Marrakech Marrakech, birthplace of the WTO, hosted the third World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations. The successful event continued a process that began in Cartagena, Colombia, in 1996, and continued in Santiago, Chile, in...
Networking in Asia and the Pacific
The Asian Trade Promotion Forum The Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) is a forum of 21 trade promotion organizations in Asia, including the Oceanic region. The external environment of trade promotion is becoming more complex and expansive, moving...
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Viet Nam appreciates partnership with ITC "The International Trade Forum has been one of the most useful, educative and comprehensive business magazines I have ever known. It is highly appreciated by the staff in our Department. In fast-changing,...
Portugal: A Closer Look at Public-Private Partnerships
Encouraging public-private partnerships is not a luxury. Linking these diverse networks effectively is one of the five keys to effective trade promotion. Portugal's approach provides food for thought. ICEP Portugal -- Investimento, Comercio e Turismo...
Redefining Trade Promotion: Messages for TPOs
Trade promotion organizations are re-examining their role in light of today's changing trade environment. At the third World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations in Marrakech, Morocco (25-27 October 2000), J. Denis Belisle, ITC's Executive Director,...
Setting Up a Purchasing Association: Morocco's Experience
Building networks in specialized business areas is an important basis for trade development. ITC has worked with Morocco and Uganda, among others, to set up specialized networks in purchasing, through the creation of national purchasing associations....
Trade-Related Technical Assistance to the Poorest Countries
The Integrated Framework and other trade-related assistance programmes were intended to reverse the growing marginalization of sub-Saharan Africa and other least-developed countries (LDCs) in the world trading system. They were launched with high hopes,...
Virtual Conferences: A New Way to Network
The Internet offers new opportunities to join in international disucssions without the disadvantages of costly and time-consuming travel. Small businesses in developing countries have been finding out where to go to bid for supplies at the best...