International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 4, October-December

2010 World Export Development Forum: Renewed Optimism for Export-Led Growth in the Post-Crisis Era
The 11th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) held in Chongqing, China on 9-12 September highlighted renewed optimism and commitment to the exportled growth model and the necessity for trade, with a need to rethink strategies and objectives in the...
Case Study: Brunei Brunei's New Agro Technology Park in the Global Value Chains
The interdependence of the global economy and the increasing reliance of businesses on global value chains have been underlined by the economic pressures generated by the global financial crisis. In the wake of the crisis, there is scope for governments...
Colombian Coffee: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for the Colombian Coffee Growers' Federation
For many years Colombian Coffee has being recognized as one of the most important coffee producers in the world. In response to changes in the global coffee market, the Colombian Coffee Growers' Federation has successfully adapted its supply chain...
ITC Publications: Resources on Trade and Export Development for Exporters, Trade Support Institutions and Policymakers
01 MARKET ACCESS, TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS IN GLOBAL TRADE Export impact for good [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Developing countries need to export more in order to boost growth, reduce poverty and provide opportunities for wealth creation in their...
ITC's Modular Learning System in Supply Chain Management: Global Professional Training and Certification for Greater Competitiveness
In a market where customers are more demanding than ever and resources are scarce, achieving excellence in the supply chain is increasingly challenging. With the mandate to provide technical cooperation in the area of international trade promotion...
Laos: From Landlocked to 'Land-Linked': A Case Study in the Benefits of South-South Trade for Least Developed Countries
Through a rethink of its trade policy, Laos has demonstrated how developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs), must reposition themselves to take advantage of emerging markets. As a landlocked country Laos' international trade...
New Drivers of Global Value Chains
The long-term impact of the changing trade landscape on global value chains is being shaped by changes in standards regimes, exchange rates, investment flows and other key determinants such as climate change. While trading with fast-growing emerging...
New Forces of Economic Growth
The new dynamism and forces of economic growth in developing countries are in contrast to the low growth rates and uncertainty being felt in developed countries. While it is not possible to anticipate whether the pace of growth in the South will outpace...
New Market Opportunities in Emerging Markets
As the recovery from the global economic crisis unfolds, the role of emerging economies and changing patterns of competition are key to the sustainability of world trade growth. Amidst diversifying markets, changing demographics and consumer-driven...
Regional Trade for Global Gains: ITC's EnACT Programme Connects Moroccan Leather Goods to European Buyers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An ITC technical assistance programme in the Middle East and North Africa is developing links to European fashion markets and at the same time building skills and employment opportunities for women and youth. In Morocco, the...
SustainabiliTEA: Value in Partnership: A Collaboration between the Rainforest Alliance, Unilever and the Kenya Tea Development Agency Is Changing the Global Tea Industry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December 2009, for the first time, a group of 12,500 smallholder tea farmers achieved Rainforest Alliance certification through a public-private partnership (PPP) project between Unilever, the...
The State of World Trade: Many Grounds for Optimism
Things seem subdued, if not pessimistic, in the world of trade. While the heated talk of global currency wars has cooled to some extent, major imbalances remain. The success of the Doha Round is still not assured. And although protectionist pressures...
Tourism as a Tool: For Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mexico is one of the world's top tourist destinations with more than 22 million visitors every year. Almost one in eight jobs is tourism-related and foreign revenue from the sector ranks third after revenues from oil and remittances....
TPO Awards Excellence in Trade: The 2010 TP0 Network Awards Recognized Excellence in Export Development Initiatives by Trade Promotion and Support Organizations to Boost Export Performance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sponsored by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the biennial TPO Network Awards aim to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly in developing countries, to become more competitive in global markets....
TPO Network Conference & Awards: Building Export Success in a Changing Global Environment
The 8th TPO Network Conference and Awards, held in Mexico City on 14-16 October 2010, highlighted the need for trade promotion organizations (TPOs) and the businesses they support to adapt to the impact of the global economic crisis. The biennial...
Value Chains in Aceh, Indonesia: Building Peace One Link at a Time
In post-conflict Aceh, Indonesia, a joint initiative between three United Nations (UN) agencies (the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development) together with the district...
Value Creation and Purchasing Strategy
Increasingly, as European manufacturers face fierce competition from new Asian sources, suppliers are looked to as sources of competitive advantage. This article discusses the strategic role that differentiated purchasing and supply management represents...
Wines of Chile: Sustainability Program
Under the umbrella of Vinos de Chile, the Chilean wine industry identified the need to strengthen the sustainability of the country's wine sector. In May 2010, the association's technical branch, Consorcios del Vino, launched the Wines of Chile Sustainability...