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. 2, April-June

Accessing Markets: An Interview with WEConnect CEO Elizabeth Vazquez
WEConnect International is a small non-governmental organization (NGO) with a big vision. Founded less than three years ago, the organization is striving to give women owned businesses equal access to corporate and large-organization contracts. WEConnect...
Beyond Microfinance: Creating Opportunities for Women at the Base of the Pyramid
'She's thanking you for her soft knees,' said the Swahili translator. 'Her what?' The translator's English was so heavily accented that I was not sure I had heard him correctly. The translator tried again This time he pointed to his knees for...
Bringing Inspiration to Full Flower
I n 1999, Charlotte Robert took some time off from her job at the Swiss Ministry of Economy to learn Spanish in Costa Rica. During her walk to and from school each day, she was struck by the fragrance of the blossoms from a certain plant in many people's...
Building Employment: Opportunities
During the Chinese New Year of 2007, I received a long distance call from the United Kingdom. The president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Professor Roger Flanagan, was on the telephone and told me the board of the Institute had nominated...
Building Gender into International Development Goals
If you are in the business of poverty reduction, you have to believe in free trade. Trade is the engine of economic growth. It creates the wealth needed to build more schools, develop more health facilities and provide safe drinking water. The Government...
Empowered Women Lead the Way out of Economic Gloom
In the wake of the financial crisis that has destroyed trillions of dollars of value, there is an urgent need for financial strategies that focus on long term value creation. The corporate sector and governments need to understand, now more than ever,...
Free Trade Needs Free Women
Kuli Mungombe owns and operates a fishing rig with nine other women in Zimbabwe. The group entered the m male-dominated industry last year after being provided with the boat, equipment and training, and have doubled their sales. These women join millions...
Gender and Trade: A Fresh Look at the Evidence
The relationship between trade and gender has been hotly debated. Some say that globalization has excluded or impoverished women, causing disproportionate job losses due to the influx of foreign goods into domestic markets. Others argue that increased...
Internationalization of the RMB: Implications for Women Entrepreneurs
Circa 2009, Chinese officials made clear their full commitment to the inter nationalization of the renminbi (RMB), China's official currency, and their intent of making Shanghai a leading financial centre by 2020--less than eight years from now. A...
Message From
The last time International Trade Forum focused on women in trade was autumn 2008. That issue garnered an unprecedented response from our readers, becoming our most widely circulated edition yet. It still graces the shelves of many policymakers and...
New Concepts in Traditional Contexts
In December 2011 in London, Jordanian firm Maisam Architects and Engineers was recognized with eight prestigious Arabian Property Awards for work spanning residential, public sector and commercial architecture. What is remarkable about this 50-person...
Opening Government Procurement to Women's Enterprises
In a little more than a century, 40 women have won the Nobel Prize, and there is a steady improvement in the representation of women in national parliaments worldwide. Women have achieved levels of excellence that indeed have made our world a better...
Procurement Strategies to Serve the Public Good
The Government of Botswana has, on several occasions, called for greater economic empowerment of its citizens. The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) has responded by examining its existing practices and requirements under the PPADB...
Rocking More Than the Cradle: Women in the Malaysian Economy
It was a passionate message by the Malaysian prime minister, welcomed after so many years of toil: 'If we look at the progress we have made in Malaysia, there is no denying that a large part of it has been achieved thanks to the women of this country.'...
Setting Goals: Measuring Economic Empowerment
As countries concentrate their efforts on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, a hot topic is the development framework that will succeed the MDGs. United Nations Member States seeking to shape the post 2015 agenda are considering...
The Next Stage: A Focus on Growth
Over the past decade, and even more so in recent years, the numbers of policies and programmes focused on fostering women-owned businesses have risen dramatically. The escalating investment in women's economic empowerment has come about for two reasons....
Women and Minority Procurement: Atlanta's Approach
Nearly 40 years ago, the government of Atlanta adopted sweeping and bold economic development policies to stabilize the city's economy and expand business and job opportunities. Thenmayor Maynard Jackson, Jr., the first African American mayor of a...
Women and Trade in Somaliland
The role of women in Somaliland, the north-western territory of Somalia, has changed dramatically since the country's long-fine dictator was overthrown in 1991, prompting the collapse of the economy and leaving scores of men unemployed. While men still...
Women Entrepreneurship: A Force for Growth
Data from the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) suggest that women represent approximately one third of all new business activity and one fourth of established business activity in countries around the globe. These data represent an...
Women on Boards: A Corporate Necessity
When Facebook announced it was preparing an initial public offering, a lengthy Wall Street Journal editorial asked a crucial question: Since women are the majority of social media users, why are all the members of Facebook's board of directors men?...
Working with Partners to Empower Women and Power Trade
ITC's Women and Trade Programme aims to help women entrepreneurs and women in export oriented value chains derive greater economic benefit from their participation in trade. Phase I runs from 2010 to 2012 with activities in Africa, Latin America and...