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. 3, July-September

Beyond Access: National E-Trade Strategies: To Increase Exports and Improve National Competitiveness, Developing Countries Need Specific E-Trade Strategies That Go beyond the Issue of Access
Companies trade, not countries. Unless national trade strategies can be expressed in company-level impacts such as new business startups; the number of companies online; e-transacted export sales; and total new jobs, then they are not worth developing....
"Big Business" Helps Small Businesses Work with Technology: Today, Multinationals Are Partnering with Governments and Local Groups to Provide Seed Money and Skills, and to Improve the Policy Environment for Small Firms to Take off with Technology
It's a familiar story in developing countries around the world; an entrepreneur has an exciting idea, perhaps a simple one, but requiring the use of technology she doesn't have. She knows the idea is great--the small business finance desk at the local...
Brazil's Chamber of E-Commerce Promotes E-Business: Chambers of Commerce Can Play Active Roles in Promoting the Use of Information and Communications Technologies, as the Example of the Brazilian Chamber of E-Commerce-Camera-E.net-Shows
Business associations around the world are now acting as catalysts, promoting the application of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to help modernize economic relations. A good example comes from Brazil, with the initiative of the Brazilian...
Checklist for National E-Readiness: Small Firms in Developing Countries Can Be More Competitive Using ICTs-By Participating in New Export Sectors, Streamlining Business Activities and Linking with Trade Development Partners More Effectively. This Article Provides Recommendations to Firms and Governments on Integrating ICTs for Trade
It's said that the Silk Roads of the 21st century are paved with fibre optic cables and telecommunications networks, For small firms in developing countries, using information and communications technologies (ICTs) opens up new trade opportunities--provided...
E-Distribution Pays off for Philippine Delicacies Firm
Pinoydelikasi.com is the first Filipino online delicacies store. It was established in 1999 to meet the demand for exotic foods and specialty items from Filipinos living outside main cities and in expatriate communities around the world. The company...
"E" @ ITC: ITC Helps Developing Countries Put "E" to Work for Small Exporting Firms
Traditional business in new ways The new marketplace is becoming a virtual one, but business needs remain the same. Businesses still need access to market information and trade analysis. They need to communicate with customers, procure materials,...
Executive Forum on National Export Strategies Held in Cancun: In Keeping with the Preoccupations of the Doha Development Agenda, ITC Focused Its Annual Executive Forum Debate on the Theme "Business for Development: Implications for Export Strategy-Makers", and Moved the Event from Its Traditional Home of Montreux, Switzerland to Cancun, Mexico
The debate, from 6-9 September 2003, was a precursor to the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Mexican Foreign Trade Bank (BANCOMEXT), the Swedish International Cooperation Agency and the Netherlands' Centre for...
Gourmet Coffee Makes Premium Prices Online: Using Internet Auctions to Sell Premium Coffee Generates High Prices for Gourmet Coffee Growers in Developing Countries. an ITC Project Has Enduring Success
In October 1999, 315 coffee growers from different regions in Brazil participated in a "Best of Brazil" coffee contest. A jury of experienced "cuppers"--professional coffee testers--selected the ten best coffees on offer at an Internet auction. A total...
Governments Can Advance Innovation: To Create Conditions for Innovation, Governments Should Promote E-Literacy and Capital Markets as Well as Set the Right Legal and Technological Infrastructure in Place
Q Why do some countries, like India, succeed in moving into growing trade sectors based on knowledge capital (such as software) while others fail? A Access to cheap labour and raw materials do not necessarily predict trade success. Instead, as the...
Helping Small Firms Put the "E" in Trade: National Strategies Need to Concentrate on Real E-Issues Facing Small Firms, So That They Can Benefit from Information and Communications Technologies
We need more awareness of the benefits and efficiencies that information and communications technologies can bring to developing countries. This is especially true for economic development and growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)--the...
In Hungary, Tackling Trust in a New Service Industry
Online versions of newspapers and magazines are legacies of the Internet boom that are here to stay. Pressflex was founded in 1998 by print journalists asked to put their own publications online, who subsequently recognized that the global reach of...
In Southeast Asia, E-Marketplaces Grow: Small Firms in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam Are Sharing Online Costs to Widen Visibility to Foreign Buyers and Increase Exports
For most SMEs, the prohibitive cost of getting online, creating web sites and promotional materials and maintaining individual back office procedures can be overwhelming. The Mekong Private Sector Development Facility (MPDF--managed by the International...
International Trade Bulletins
ITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITC listed below. * Market News Service. Price and market information for seven primary and/or...
ITC Brings a Trade Dimension to the World Summit on the Information Society: The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Taking Place in Geneva, in December 2003, and in Tunis, in November 2005, Gathers Leaders from Government, the Private Sector, Intergovernmental Organizations, Civil Society and the Media to Address the Challenges Posed by the Global Digital Divide
ITC is making a notable contribution to the Geneva phase of the WSIS process by organizing a series of linked events to help promote the trade and business dimensions of the Summit, and by bringing the voice of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...
ITC Publications on "E"
Books * Coffee: An Exporters Guide (2002] * Executive Forum 2000: Export Development in the Digital Economy (2001) * Successful Services Exporting: A Handbook for Firms. Associations and Governments (2001) * Business Guide to the General...
Kenyan Leather Retailer Creates E-Shop Front
Adelphi, The Leather Shop, was established in 1988 in Nairobi, Kenya and began exporting the same year. With three successful local retail outlets, the company's managing director, Nalina Rupani, thought the potential of the domestic market was saturated....
Opening the E-Gates for Shopping in Nepal
The challenge for traditional retailers like MunchaHouse.com in Nepal is to develop an appropriate technological framework to offer online shopping as well as traditional shopping. By applying technology with business flair, the firm has addressed...
Putting "E" to Work: Whether It Is in Processes, Products or Markets, Exporters Who Do Not Keep Up with Technological Innovations in Their Field May Fall Behind. A Solid Investment Strategy in "E", However, Can Help SMEs Enter New Markets and Overcome or Sidestep Many Traditional Obstacles They Face While Competing Internationally
In many developing countries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly concerned about being able to benefit from the electronic, or "e", dimension of the information age. They are far more aware of the rich potential of "e" to sharpen...
South African Boat Builder Sets Sail with E-Mail
When Peter Dean set out to harness the benefits of the Internet to sell boats, he had no idea of just how useful e-mail could be for winning and keeping customers. Building custom boats has always been a delicate and lengthy process of consultation...
The Changing Marketplace: Putting "E" to Work
If communities in developing countries are to benefit from technology, we need to 'put "e"' to work'. Technology is one thing. Applying the benefits of technology to boost exports, jobs and income, is another. This issue of Forum is part of ITC's...
The Changing Marketplace: Small Exporters in Developing Countries Can Sharpen Their Competitive Edge Using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
Putting "E" to Work Traditional Exports in New Ways New technologies give exporters opportunities to trade goods and services more efficiently and reach new markets. Market research * Online market analysis * Finding buyers and suppliers...
What after Cancun?
For multilateral trade negotiations to be relevant to developing and transition economies, there must be a greater focus on supply-side issues. To help countries become more competitive in global markets, there is a greater need than ever for practical,...
What Exports Say: When Developing E-Trade Strategies, Governments Should Be in Touch with Their Exporters' Needs. Surveys Are a Good Place to Start. Here We Look at Results from Interviews with European and North American Exporters
Forrester Research, a consulting firm specializing in e-commerce issues, interviewed over 50 executives of multinationals in 2000 and 2002. They asked about current use of the Internet and plans for the next three years, focusing on areas that Forrester...
What Small Businesses Need from an E-Marketplace: Keeping Technology Applications Simple and Focused; Working Collectively through Business Networks; and Tapping into a Network of Global Contacts for Technical Adaptations Has Helped This Business Support Organization Offer Online Solutions to Small Exporters
Since 1995, PEOPLink has helped small exporting firms with e-commerce applications. PEOPLink discovered that small exporters don't know how to capture the benefits of the Internet for their businesses, have high access costs, find technology applications...