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. 4, October-December

Beyond Investment: Engaging the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation
The private sector has an important role to play in the effective development and implementation of trade facilitation strategies beyond investment alone. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in trade facilitation are valuable in identifying the needs...
Boosting Competitiveness: ITC's New Business Guides
Designed to help businesses boost trade competitiveness--and to inspire entrepreneurship--these nine practical guides are targeted at small firms in developing countries and trade support institutions that work with them. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Cadbury Goes Fairtrade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On a cocoa farm in Ghana, two chief executives sit on a log talking about their respective business goals. One is the CEO of Cadbury, Todd Stitzer; the other is the UK Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb. They...
Letter from the International Trade Centre
During 2009 the Trade Forum team has examined the financial crisis, Aid for Trade and the creative economy. It has been a year of unprecedented economic, social and environmental turmoil which has resulted in the poorest of the poor taking the brunt...
Nestle's Public-Private Partnerships in Agricultural Sourcing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY, NESTLE, SOURCES RAW AGRICULTURAL MATERIALS DIRECTLY FROM NEARLY 160,000 PRODUCERS AND 600,000 FARMERS IN MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THE COMPANY RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE...
New Developments in Philanthropy: How Private Foundations Are Changing International Development
In recent decades a broad range of non-state actors ranging from multinational firms to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become key players in development finance alongside more traditional players such as official aid agencies and multilateral...
Patient Capital: A Third Way to Think about Aid: Founded in 2001, Acumen Fund Is a Non-Profit Global Venture Organization That Uses Entrepreneurial Approaches to Help Solve the Problems of Global Poverty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With enterprises ranging from drip-irrigation companies in India and Pakistan to a major manufacturer of malaria-preventing bed nets in Tanzania and women's hospitals and ambulance services in India,...
Philanthropic Foundations for the Future: Different Approaches to Global Issues: The Trend towards Private Philanthropic Foundations Has Seen Some of the World's Most Powerful Past and Present Leaders Lending Business and Political Clout to Public-Private Partnerships for International Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest private philanthropic foundation, Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has pledged in excess of US$ 21 billion...
Public-Private Partnership for Integrated Customs Services in Ghana
Over the last ten years, the Government of Ghana has shown a firm strategic commitment to attracting export-oriented investments, facilitating trade and enhancing Ghanaian competitiveness. Reforming the processes and procedures used by the nation's...
Public-Private Partnerships and the Creative Sector: Through Initiatives Such as the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity and the Creative Cities Network, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Has Highlighted the Importance of Fostering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a Model for Making Cultural and Creative Industries the Drivers of Economic Growth
In recent years, the idea that development is solely a matter for governments has been replaced by a clear recognition of the role of both the private sector and civil society. The UN Global Compact has played a pioneering role in encouraging PPPs....
Responsible Investment: Why Should Private Equity Care?
Never before have the objectives of the international community and the business world been so aligned. Through the UN Global Compact, common goals, such as building markets, combating corruption, safeguarding the environment and ensuring social inclusion,...
The Evolving Links between Business and International Development Agencies in PPPs
The private sector has never played a greater or more influential role in international economic development than it does today. While 20 years ago the public sector delivered the majority of foreign assistance, today we are faced with a very different...
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Public-Private Partnerships: Is the Developing World Facing Another Lost Decade in Infrastructure Investment like the One That Followed the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis? It Is Still Too Early to Gauge the Full Impact of the Current Crisis, but This Time the Global Market for Private Participation in Infrastructure Seems Better Prepared to Deal with the Challenges Stemming from Such a Crisis
The global financial crisis has transformed the outlook for infrastructure projects with private participation in developing countries. In the second half of 2009 developing economies are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, with the crisis...
The Need for Good Information: KPMG's Contribution to Public-Private Partnerships in Developing Locations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It might seem obvious that a multinational commercial organization wanting to make a contribution to social development can best do so by using its core competencies. For some organizations, like,...
The Private Sector: Important Partners in Aid for Trade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Aid for Trade can provide a significant stimulus to economic growth in developing countries but decisions on where to apply it should include the views of the private sector--for indeed it is the private sector that trades...
The Role of the Private Sector in Export Strategy Development: A Strong United Voice from the Private Sector Is Vital to Promote the Importance of Trade in National Development Plans
In recent years, there has been much greater awareness of the need to engage the private sector directly in policy dialogue, particularly in trade negotiations related to enhanced market access. This has been further accelerated by the global financial...
Tourism Services Liberalization in the Carribean-European EPA Negotiations
In Barbados, collaboration between the public and private sectors successfully secured better tourism trade conditions than that afforded by the World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services. The Economic Partnership Agreement...
Ugandan Coffee Growers: In Uganda, the Good African Coffee Company, in Conjunction with ITC, Is Demonstrating How Public-Private Partnerships Can Make a Significant Impact on Low-Income Rural Communities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first time Andrew Rugasira drove the 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Uganda's capital, Kampala, to the Rwenzori Mountains, he went to convince farmers why they should sell their coffee beans to him. Despite being offered...
Vietnam's Fisheries Exports to the EC
The fisheries and aquaculture sectors are significant contributors to the economy of Viet Nam However, between 1976 and 1992, the Vietnamese fisheries sector experienced rapidly declining outputs due to adverse conditions such as low skills in aquatic...
What Makes a Good Deal? the Changing Role of CSR in Corporate Culture
IAN JARMAN Position Chief Executive Officer Organization Spring Worldwide Limited In the private sector, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes are no longer an optional luxury but are becoming an integral part of "good" corporate...
Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation: There's No Alternative to Sustainable Development, Even So, Many Companies Are Convinced That the More Environment-Friendly They Become, the More the Effort Will Erode Their Competitiveness, They Believe It Will Add to Costs and Will Not Deliver Immediate Financial Benefits
Talk long enough to CEOs, particularly in the United States or Europe, and their concerns will pour out: making our operations sustainable and developing "green" products places us at a disadvantage vis-a-vis rivals in developing countries that don't...
World Trade Promotion Organization Conference and Awards 2010
The 8th World Trade Promotion Organizations Conference and Awards will be hosted by ProMexico in Rivera Nayarit, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 14-15 October 2010. The biennial conference will bring together global leaders of trade promotion organizations...