International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 1, January-March

A Private Sector Mandate Think Regional
'The private sector is not thinking regionally' is an echo I often hear in government circles charged with the responsibility of promoting intra-African trade. Basking in the comfort of supplying domestic markets, private businesses fear competition...
Boosting Trade Policy in Pakistan
The experiences of countries around the world demonstrate that sound trade policies and public-private dialogue are essential to successful exporting. In Pakistan, sustainable trade expansion is hampered by a lack of training to build a cohort of well-informed...
Breaking Barriers: Building Business
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Development as a global objective for improving the economic well-being of ordinary people is a relatively recent concept. It was first embodied in the Charter of the United Nations with: 'the United Nations shall promote...
Committing to Quality in Kyrgyzstan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a plant in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, a 20-minute ride from the city centre over potholed roads, 23-year-old Bakhtiyar Kudakeldiev works as a water bottling operator. He does not know it, but he benefits...
Environmental Policy Contributing to Poverty Eradication
When countries convene at this year's United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, both the venue, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the overall objective of the conference, sustainable development, will be the same as 20 years ago at...
Fair and Sustainable Development Aid for Least Developed Countries
The principal goal of Turkey's foreign policy is to secure and nurture a peaceful, prosperous, stable and cooperative environment that is conducive to human development both locally and globally. To this end, and in support of global efforts aimed...
Green Growth: An Imperative of Economic Development
As the world recovers from the economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial crisis, it has become clear that industrial development models created in the past are increasingly unsustainable, both economically and environmentally. Economic progress...
Inclusiveness and Sustainability in Global Trade the South-South Dimension
The world is still reeling from the worst recession since the Great Depression and the path to sustainable economic growth continues to be elusive. The tentative recovery remains fragile, particularly in developed countries where high levels of indebtedness...
ITC Publications: Resources on Trade and Export Development for Exporters, Trade Support Institutions and Policymakers
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Message From
In June, world leaders will meet in Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The conference aims to renew political commitment to sustainable development, assess progress on the implementation of agreements and outcomes of...
Opening the Door for African Exporters
Estelle Ahoyo is the chief executive officer of Ets Estella & Fils, a small enterprise in Benin that is involved in the production and export of fruit and vegetables. Her company has been growing steadily since it was established two years ago....
Pinning Down Policies for International Investment
Despite turmoil in the global economy, global foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 17% in 2011 to US$1,5 trillion. This sum surpassed average global FDI before the 2008 financial crisis, However, the fragility of the world economy will have an impact...
Sustainable Results Prove the Power of Inclusion
Export opportunities in global markets can spur growth and create jobs, but these opportunities are only sustainable if consideration is given to the environmental and social dimensions of trade development and the relationship between these and competitiveness....
Tools to Improve Private Sector Operations
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has a mandate to foster social and economic development and reduce poverty in its regional member countries, For many years, it has supported private sector development operations that seek to improve business-enabling...
Towards Inclusive Growth a New Model for Capitalism
Citizens around the world have lost confidence, understandably, in the 'quarterly capitalism' model that re quires businesses to be managed exclusively for short-term shareholder value. At Unilever, the lesson we have learned is that business is part...
Using Insurance to Drive Trade
The poor are more vulnerable to risks and economic shocks than the rest of the population. They are also the least able to cope when a crisis occurs. Development efforts tend to focus on strategies to boost incomes, build assets and create jobs, but...
Where Art Meets Global Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many small and developing countries have a rich cultural heritage and a living tradition of craftsmanship that their populations can draw on when creating artisanal products that will appeal to buyers...