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-March

Asian Development Bank's: Energy for All Initiative: As Part of Its 'Strategy 2020' Objective for Inclusive Growth, the Asian Development Bank's Energy for All Initiative Promotes New Approaches to Scaling Up Access to Energy for the Poor
In Asia and the Pacific, more than 800 mil lion people still have no access to electricity. About 1.8 billion people still rely on biomass fuels (such as wood, dung and crop waste) to meet cooking and heating needs. Added to the fact that the poor...
Case Study: Bangladesh: The Next Global Sourcing Location?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although Bangladesh has yet to carve out a significant share of the large and growing market for the offshoring of information technology and business process services, with the assistance of ITC steps are under way to strengthen...
E-Mentoring as a Toll to Make Aid for Trade More Effective: Developing Countries That Create an Institutional Environment That Is Favourable to Economic and Technological Change Tend to Benefit Most from the Effects of International Trade Liberalization. in Contrast, Countries That Primarily Focus on Protecting Vulnerable Economic Sectors with Public Sector Subsidies Tend to Crowd out Private Sector Investment
The public in affluent countries sees economic and technological change primarily as a threat rather than an opportunity, especially when it comes to social and environmental problems. As a consequence, policymakers in these countries tend to focus...
Empowering Women, Powering Trade: ITC and WTO Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UN WOMEN Launched The newest United Nations body, ON Women, was officially launched in by UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon in February 2011. The organization is dedicated to supporting individual countries in moving...
Joint Advisory Group Meeting: The 44th Session of ITC's Joint Advisory Group (JAG) Meeting in December 2010 Saw Emphasis Placed on the Commitment to a Partnership Approach by the ITC, World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Delivering on the Aid for Trade Agenda
The objective of the annual JAG meeting was to review ITC's work programme through its 2009 Annual Report, Consolidated Programme Document for 2011 and draft Operational Plan for 2011. Specifically under this agenda, a key objective is to enhance...
Lighting Africa: Catalyzing Markets for Modern Off-Grid Lighting
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lighting Africa, a joint International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank programme, is mobilizing the private sector to build sustainable markets that provide safe, affordable and modern off-grid lighting to Africa's...
Opinion Piece: Technology Alone Is Not Enough
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Information and communication are essential to trade. In the most general terms, buyers must communicate with sellers, both m must have information about product and pricing, and negotiation of any kind requires selective...
Question Box: Crossing the Digital Divide
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By removing the obstacles to technology, language and literacy, Question Box--an initiative of US-based not-for-profit Open Mind--is breaking down the barriers to eradicating poverty by providing easy access to information...
Single Window for Foreign Trade in Colombia: A Case Study on Trade Transactions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since 2005 Colombian companies have been relieved of the time-consuming need to visit the numerous government offices involved in the international trade process by the establishment of the Single Window for Foreign Trade--SWFT....
Standards MAP: ITC's New Market Analysis Tool: ITC's New Web-Based Interactive Market Analysis Tool, Standards Map, Allows Users to Review and Compare Standards and Their Requirements through User-Friendly Online Navigation and Searching
Complementing other ITC resources including Trade Map, Market Access Map and Investment Map, the interactive Standards Map tool allows users to review information on over 30 voluntary standards covering more than 40 product groups and referencing over...
Strengthening: Entrepreneurs through Information Technologies: In Benin, an ITC Project Is Connecting Fruit Processors with Suppliers and Buyers through a Supply-Chain Wide 'Virtual Marketplace' That Connects Product Offers to Demand through Connected Devices
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One person standing to benefit is Ms. Aminatou Bagoudou, who produces pineapple fruit juice at her home in Cotonou, Benin. Pineapple juice is her main product and generates income for her family, but, as for many other women...
Switched on! Women Entrepreneurs in North Africa Grasp Business Potential Online
In North Africa, women entrepreneurs are discovering the potential of online business platforms, but having a website alone is not enough. Success in the online environment also depends on having a good business and marketing plan supported by sympathetic...
The Cup of Excellence Awards: Small Coffee Farmers Awarded through Internet Auctions: An Innovative ITC Project Established in 1999 Continues to Benefit a Growing Number of Small Coffee Farmers Each Year. through an Internet Auction and Rigorous Selection Process, a Global Competition Is Rewarding Farmers Committed to Producing High-Quality Coffee
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 1999, 315 coffee growers in Brazil participated in a 'Best of Brazil' coffee contest. Experienced coffee tasters from several countries, called 'cuppers', selected the 10 best coffees in a rigorous quality competition....
The World Bank's ICT: Innovations for Accountability and Service Delivery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an increasingly connected world, creative uses of technology provide new opportunities to enable two-way information flows between governments and citizens. Through its ICT Knowledge Platform on Innovations for Accountability...
Thinking Ahead & Planning for Tomorrow: Putting Information and Communications Technologies to Work
In today's world, telecommunications are more than just a basic service--they are a means to promote development, improve society and save lives.' BAN KI-MOON UN Secretary-General The role of innovation and the use of information and communications...
TPOs Help: SME Exporters Access Online Markets
The future of global trade is on the Internet and Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) have a critical role to play in securing a significant share of this value for their constituent exporters. According to the International Data Corporation, worldwide...
UNCTAD: Information Economy Report 2010: ICTs, Enterprises & Poverty Alleviation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights new opportunities for the poor to benefit from ICTs and mobile technology, urging governments and policymakers to take full advantage...