Boosting Competitiveness: ITC's New Business Guides

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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.

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(01) Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking Products and their Origins

With only 10 per cent of the world's protected geographical indications coming from developing countries, there is great potential to use this tool to reduce poverty through trade. This is the first book targeted at the business sector in developing countries on this topic. It draws from eight case studies and 200 published reports to provide valuable insights on how to set up and monitor geographical indications, share costs and benefits, and interpret legal frameworks.

English, French, Spanish

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(02) Service Pioneers: Stories of Innovative Entrepreneurs

Challenging the notion that developing countries essentially export commodities, this book showcases the diversity of trade in services that flourishes in developing and least developed countries. With 28 case studies of entrepreneurs from 18 developing countries in a wide range of trade in services sectors, the book serves as an inspiration for would-be entrepreneurs. Experts also provide insights on sustainability, excellence and innovation.

English, French, Spanish

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(03) Islamic Banking--A Guide for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

A comprehensive guide to the fast-growing field of Islamic banking, this publication describes Islamic financial instruments and provides practical examples of how to use them. It focuses on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in the area of export finance.

English

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(04) EC-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement: Services and Investment Commitments

This guide covers how the EC-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has created business opportunities in the services and investment sectors. This guide looks at opportunities for Caribbean enterprises in Europe, as well as openings for European businesses in 13 Caribbean markets. Key features of market access commitments made under the EPA are explained.

English

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(05) Export Promotion and the WTO: A Brief Guide

This study focuses on export promotion schemes that developing countries may use without violating international trade rules.

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