International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 2, April-June

100% Aid for Trade: Patricia Francis, Executive Director of ITC, Speaks Candidly about Aid for Trade, Opportunities in This Financial Crisis and the Role of ITC
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TF: What precisely is Aid for Trade? PF: We have seen many attempts at aid for trade over the years, We've had lots of interventions in various countries talking about building productive capacity, looking at the business...
A Focus on Regional Approaches and Priorities in Aid for Trade: Implementing Aid for Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean: Making Progress
The Second Global Review on Aid for Trade held in Geneva on July 6-7, 2009 represented an important milestone to take stock of the gains made since the First Aid for Trade Global Review in 2007. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is very proud...
Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific
Export-led growth has seen the Asia and Pacific region prosper immensely over the past four decades, yet many countries still continue to experience lagging growth and severe poverty. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that as many as 900 million...
Analysing the Global Crisis: ITC's Chief Economist Assesses the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Developing Countries, and Recommends Responses for International and Domestic Policy
This crisis is not like a tsunami, a giant wave sweeping everything in its path, but rather like a series of smaller waves with their impact accumulating over longer periods. I would expect to see three impact waves for developing countries. In...
Delivering Effective Regional Strategies: Aid for Trade Has Met with Controversy since Its Beginnings. Now Further Challenged by the Economic Crisis, It Is Essential That It Develops New, Forward-Thinking Mechanisms
Since its inception, Aid for Trade has spurred debate among stakeholders in a way few other developments could. Now, four years since it came to light in the 2005 Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration, Aid for Trade is still polarizing the opinions of...
ITC & African Fashion to the Max: As International Designers Race to Find New Inspiration and Unique Product Sources for Next Season's Line of Ethical Fashion Items, They Increasingly Look towards Africa, Its Designers and Its Communities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2008, ITC approached leaders in the fashion community and distributors in Italy and in the United Kingdom to test the potential market for bags and accessories produced in Africa. The aim was to...
ITC in Action: With the Help of Private Sector Exporters, Developing Countries Can Trade Their Way out of Poverty. Driven by This Conviction, ITC Projects Are Making a Difference Where It Counts-On the Ground
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mali mango exports boom Mall, a landlocked African state, has more than quadrupled its exports of mangoes in just four years and is on track to quintuple the volume by the end of 2009, Guided by an ITC-led project, the...
Letter from the International Trade Centre
The Second Global Aid for Trade Review hosted by the WTO in early July revealed areas of consensus on the way forward. One after the other, heads of international organizations called for moving on to the implementation phase, resisting protectionism,...
Papua New Guinea: When Kim Arut's Husband Fell Ill, She Was Left No Choice but to Leave Her Job and Take over Running the Family Business. in the Three Years since, Kumul Lodge in Papua New Guinea Has Been Doing Better Than Ever
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Kumul Lodge, a tourist accommodation and birdwatching haven, is nestled in the Highlands in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. When Kim Arut and her husband started the business in 1999, they listed him as the sole company director;...
Priorities & Possibilities: As the Economic Crisis Evolves, at Least One Emerging Trend Tells a Positive Tale: There Is a Growing Awareness of Aid for Trade and Its Role in Promoting Economic Growth Worldwide
As the global economic recession rapidly evolves, low-income countries are facing new challenges. But the crisis is also presenting these countries with opportunities to refocus their development strategies in this changing world economy. The impacts...
Samoa: When It Comes to Expanding Her Fashion Business, Samoan Businesswoman Jackie Loheni Is Making the Most of Every Opportunity and Leading the Way in Improving Conditions for Women Workers
When Jackie Loheni first started her fashion company MENA in Samoa, business was a struggle. Beginning as a sole trader, she recalls early days spent "sewing on my auntie's veranda in Apia". But, realizing the requirements for expanding business, she...
Seeing Results-ITC's Pilot Project in Ethiopia: Comparative Analysis Shows That Export-Led Programmes Help to Alleviate Poverty in Developing Nations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since 2005, ITC has been working to increase trade and reduce poverty in Ethiopia, specifically by helping to build export capacity in small businesses within the agricultural...
The Way Forward: Aid for Trade Has Long Been Recognized as a Sure Path to Employment, Investment and Sustainable Development. Now More Than Ever, Says UNCTAD, Developing Countries Depend on Its Guidance
Outside the port of Dares Salaam in the United Republic of Tanzania, trucks queue up to load and unload goods. The port faces congestion in customs and control procedures, as well as deficiencies in infrastructure that increase waiting times and ultimately...
Trading Stories: Inspiring Accounts of Women in Business: These Stories Are Based on the Forthcoming Publication Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific by the International Finance Corporation and AusAID, the Australian Government's Overseas Aid Programme
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TONGA Businesses in Tonga, like those in other small island states, face many trading challenges. Never deterred, 'Ofa Tu'ikolovatu is turning obstacles into opportunities for better business and the development of her...