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 Business Laws on CD-ROM and the Internet
Fifteen countries in Africa have joined forces to offer a single business law environment, in order to facilitate worldwide trade with businesses. OHADA -- the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa -- has been working since 1993...
Chile
Over the past 25 years, Chile has transformed its export sector through an economic strategy highlighting liberalization, openness and internationalization. In 1975, just prior to implementation of the strategy, 200 firms were exporting 200 products...
Export Letters of Credit
Eight Steps to Error-Freee Compliance Faulty letters of credit are a common problem for companies involved in international trade. The eight steps outlined in this article can help companies reduce errors in the documentation required for letters...
Finland
Finland was comparatively late in "globalizing" its economy. In fact, Finland ranked last in terms of internationalization among developed countries surveyed in the World Economic Forum/IMD 1993 World Competitiveness Report. Yet, in less than ten years,...
From the Editor
To encourage economic growth through export-led development, ITC believes that technical assistance is most needed in three areas: helping businesses understand WTO rules; strengthening enterprise competitiveness; and developing new trade promotion...
International Perspectives
These selected examples from academic experts and international organizations formed part of the contributions to the event. Further contributions can be found on the Executive Forum Web site and in the forthcoming publication, Redefining Export Promotion....
Ireland
Over the past 15 years, Ireland has become a highly successful export-oriented economy, capable of competing to the highest international technical standards in manufacturing and services. Total merchandise export earnings exceeded US$ 64.8 billion...
ITC's Joint Advisory Group Meets Informally
An informal session of ITO's Joint Advisory Group took place on 2 November 1999 in Geneva. The session was chaired by A. Mannan of Bangladesh, Vice-Chairman of the 32nd session of the Joint Advisory Group (April 1999). Focusing solely on the work...
Mauritius
Mauritius is an economic development success story. Success has been due largely to the effective planning and management of a series of national export strategies. Over the past 30 years, these strategies have moved Mauritius from a high-unemployment,...
National Capacity for Export Growth
During the Third WTO Ministerial Conference (Seattle, 30 November -- 3 December 1999), U.S. President Clinton invited the heads of several multilateral organizations to share view on what their agencies could do to support the least developed countries...
New Zealand
Despite comparative advantages in growing and harvesting animals, fish, crops and trees, New Zealand faces two competitive disadvantages: its distance from major markets, and the scale of its small domestic market. Marketing and distribution costs...
The Need for a Strategic Response
Since the Uruguay Round of trade agreements was completed in 1994, rapid evolution has occurred in several business areas that would have been difficult to predict then, including electronic commerce, industrial clustering and out-sourcing. Many entrepreneurs...
The Philippines
Since the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Philippine export growth has been among the highest in the region. The most recently completed Export Development Plan (1993-98) exceeded the overall foreign exchange earnings target. The Export Development...
Traditional Carpets and Kilims
Producers and exporters of traditional carpets and kilims need new marketing approaches to meet today's challenges: an increase in machine-made carpets that imitate Oriental rugs and kilims; growing consumer interest in environmentally friendly products;...
Where Do We Go from Here?
Partners' Views on the Executive Forum Viewpoint from Nepal Padma Jyoti Where do we go from here?" is a wise question to ask, especially at the end of the first leg of any journey. Before coming to Annecy, many of us thought that we knew...