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 July-September

A Well-Informed Business Community: Moving towards Advocacy. (ITC Speaks)
Since Seattle, the business community has shown remarkable growth in becoming better informed about the evolving multilateral trading system. This article traces the path of business dialogue with government, moving from consultation to participation...
Business Advocacy: Setting Strategies That Influence Trade Policy. (Partners News and Views)
Business in developing countries, not just developed ones, have been able to advocate successfully to improve their competitive position in international markets. This article provides real-life examples and a road map to help businesses shape effective...
Case from an LDC: Business Advocacy in Practice; Business Advocacy on Trade-Supported by a Broadly-Based Network of Business Sectors-Can Raise the Level of Ambition and Achievement in the World Trading System. (Partners News and Views)
Business advocacy on trade--supported by a broadly-based network of business sectors--can raise the level of ambition and achievement in the world trading system. It's April 2002. In a large conference room in the capital city, about 20 business...
From the Editor
Advocacy for trade development--why, how, when, with whom--is the underlying theme of this issue of Forum, which explores how business can benefit from the Doha Development Agenda. The current WTO negotiations, due to end on 1 January 2005, offer...
GATS Negotiations: Why Service Industry Associations Should Get Involved. (Exporting Better)
The second, ongoing round of negotiations for the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) puts exporters around the world in a position to help shape the future of this important sector. However, many service exporters and industry associations...
ITC Helping Business Play Its Part in Trade Negotiations
Effective collaboration presupposes three things: Successful negotiation for the Doha Development Agenda depend to a large degree on the quality of Collaboration between national trade negotiators and political leaders, on the one hand and business...
New WTO Director-General Speaks Out: WTO's New Director-General Addresses ITC's Executive Forum on National Export Strategies
We are in the midst of an unprecedented global trade negotiation, the Doha Development Agenda. But while it's nice to have trade agreements, they must be usable and pragmatic. Countries have to involve the public and the private sectors, which have...
Partner Views: Business and WTO Negotiations. (Partners News and Views)
What are the main concern of the business community in developing and transition economies in preparing for current WTO negotiations? How are they making their interests known? Forum asked members of ITC networks for their views. Albania: offering...
Technical Assistance for SPS Measures: Protect Health, Not Trade. (Exporting Better)
Barriers to international commerce--particularly technical regulations and sanitary and phytosanitary measures--are a key concern of developing countries. A joint ITC/Commonwealth Secretariat study uncovers what's on the minds of exporters, government...
The Doha Development Agenda and ITC. (ITC Speaks)
The Doha Ministerial Declaration places technical cooperation and capacity building at the core of the development dimension of the multilateral trading system. The Declaration reaffirms support for ITC's work and recommends that it be enhanced. This...
The Doha Development Agenda: Work Begins on Substance. (Partners News and Views)
After the World Trade Organization's Fourth Ministerial Conference held in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, delegations in Geneva worked immediately to set in place the machinery for the new trade negotiations. They had no time to lose as ministers have...
Trade Remedies-What Business Needs to Know. (Exporting Better)
While liberalization has opened up world trade to freer competition, there have recently been more national measures blocking market access on the grounds of unfair pricing by exporters. Products such as steel, iron and chemicals from developing countries...
Why Business Needs to Know More about WTO Rules. (ITC Speaks)
Q Why is it important for business in the developing world to know about the WTO rules? WTO rules are increasingly being adapted as national trade laws. Businesses can help shape the rules as they develop--if they are committed to dialogue. Below,...