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. 3, 2004

Building the Essential Partnerships
CHALLENGESNew business realities demand new partnerships for effective trade strategies.Export strategies are the key to helping a critical mass of firms succeed, not just the individual companies that make it despite the odds. The strategies must focus...
From the Executive Director
FOREWORDExpanding trade is an effective way for countries to develop their economies and reduce poverty. Today s globalizing world offers new market opportunities, but at the same time much greater competition. With new challenges, some find it difficult...
Greening Your Business
CHALLENGESClearing up grey areas in countries' "green" economies will heighten export opportunities.Environmental products, services and technologies make up a US$ 475 billion market. By 2010, it's expected to reach US$ 640 billion, with a share of over...
Itc at a Glance
OUR ROLE AMONG INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONSSince 1964, the International Trade Centre (ITC) has helped the business sectors of developing and transition economies to develop exports. Our ultimate goal is to help these countries to achieve sustainable...
JUMPSTARTING TRADE IN LDCs
CHALLENGESLDC businesses need help overcoming supply constraints to spur export growth.Over a period when the world economy has generally been growing and diversifying, the share of least developed countries (LDCs) in world trade has shrunk to the present...
Putting "E" to Work
CHALLENGESA fundamental question for firms today is, "How can 'e' help me compete?"From agriculture to industrial products, consumer goods and professional services, information and communications technologies (ICTs) matter. Firms can apply them to save...
Reducing Poverty through Trade
CHALLENGESTrade does provide economic benefits, but they may not reach the poorest people.Trade can work at three basic levels to boost a country's growth and reduce poverty. First, the right policies encourage trade expansion in general, which helps...
Sharpening Your Competitive Edge
CHALLENGESTraditional approaches to Competitiveness do not fully address today's business realities.In the globalizing world of today, export constraints are diminishing: falling trade barriers; declining transport costs; new information and communications...
South-South Trade: Tapping the Potential
CHALLENGESDeveloping countries don't fully exploit good business matches among their firms.Exporters still tend to focus on traditional markets in industrialized countries. These markets are highly competitive and difficult to enter, whereas for many...
Trade Law: New Practices Improve Business Confidence
CHALLENGESToday's legal approaches aren't keeping pace with the huge rise in international business.While trade barriers are falling, legal barriers are not. The number of countries has more than tripled in the past 50 years. Businesses find themselves...
Trade Talks: Getting Business on Board
CHALLENGESBusinesses in developing countries can't afford to ignore global trade talks.International trade agreements are reshaping national laws on where and how companies can trade. Whether we speak of agriculture, services, textiles and clothing,...
Women in the Global Economy
CHALLENGESWomen entrepreneurs can be invisible to trade and development policy-makers.Many women entrepreneurs - whether they manage large, small or micro businesses - don't participate in the business circles that decision-makers know and consult. A...