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, 2002

Australia: Doubling SME Exporters
Australia is embarking on an ambitious plan to double the number of Australian exporters by 2006 and to increase community support for international trade by raising awareness of the benefits of trade and investment. Australia plans to double the number...
From the Editor
"Staying relevant" are the key words for this issue of Forum. What direction should trade promotion organizations (TPOs) take in turbulent business times, to help their clients remain competitive and stay relevant to them? The new Doha round of trade...
Future Roles for TPOs: Meeting the Competitiveness Challenge
TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment In a turbulent business environment, the immensity of commercial opportunity will be matched only by the intensity of competition. Buyers' positions will continue to strengthen and exporters' capability to...
Growing Taste for Organic Products in the United States
Driven by increased consumer awareness, the market for organic food and beverages is developing rapidly. In the United States, the world's largest market for this product group, analysts expect demand to continue growing in the short to medium term....
Hong Kong: Staying Relevant
TPOs are facing many challenges in a dynamic, fast-changing environment. But there are also opportunities if they can "renovate and reinvent" to remain relevant. Hong Kong's TPO is one example. After several difficult years, the Hong Kong Trade Development...
In Beijing, Networking for Trade Developemnt
TPOs ina Turbulent New Business Environment How best can national trade promotion organizations contribute to trade development and poverty reduction? How best can they contribute to national competitiveness, in a fastchanging trade environment? These...
In Brief
ITC and the Philippines reaffirm cooperation ITC and the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2002 to continue their cooperation in the area of technical assistance for trade development for another...
ITC's Annual Accent on Doha
Support to the Doha Development Agenda was the focus of ITC's annual meeting, called the Joint Advisory Group Meeting (Geneva, 15 to 19 April 2002). The Group reviewed ITC's activities over the past year and looked to its future work programme, in the...
Japan: New Outreach, at Home and Abroad
TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment Global trends in foreign investment, industry restructuring, the spread of international trade rules and the instantaneous availability of business information on the Internet are moving JETRO's focus beyond...
Korea: Reform Focuses on the Customer
TPOs in a Turbulent New Business Environment New trends in international trade mean that TPOs need to reassess to stay relevant to their clients. The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) has, in its own words, focused on essentials - customers'...
Morocco: New Roles for TPOs in the Digital Era
The industries and countries that are already aboard the digital train are finding themselves on the fast track to better export performance. But many firms in developing countries are reluctant to get on board for a variety of reasons, ranging from...
Singapore: New Missison, New Name
International Enterprise Singapore, or IE Singapore, is the new name of Singapore's TPO, formerly known as the Singapore Trade Development Board. The new name reflects the new mission: to help Singapore-based companies to grow and internationalize successfully....
TPO Conference Sparks Cooperation
Cote d'Ivoire, China Sign Agreement The Cote d'Ivoire Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) took the ODDortunitv during the 4th World Conference of TPOs in Beijing to sign a partnership...
United States: What the Information Age Means to a TPO
Partners News and Views The Information Age means many things to people and organizations (for example, new business processes, more speed, more choice). Above all, it means the Internet. Companies and individuals can find information in many places...

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