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, 2003

Africa Positions Itself for the Global Leather Market
As the global leather market expands, Africa needs to act now to build on its natural strengths in leather and become a global player. A new federation representing the continent's leather interests as well as business-focused African trade gatherings...
From the Editor
Trade Talks: Is Business on Board?Last October, Forum magazine explored the topic of how business in developing countries can benefit from the Doha Development Agenda. The developmental dimension of this round gives business leaders a special opportunity...
Influencing Market Standards: A Voice for Developing Countries
Today's strict food and agricultural standards have been set largely by developed countries. While these standards are there to protect consumers, sometimes the bars are set so high that they become non-tariff barriers. To gain greater access to export...
Invest in Business Advocacy for WTO Negotiations
In more than half the world, business interests are not sufficiently integrated into national trade negotiating positions. This can lead to governments agreeing to trade rules under which, afterwards, their firms may not be able to do business. Instead,...
Involving the Business Community
Market access and a rule-based world trading system are prerequisites for trade growth. But alone, they generate no trade at all - traders do. Let's help the private sector to become the active trade development player it ought to be.At the WTO General...
ITC in Review
ITC's achievements in the last 15 months give a taste of what is to come.In a changing environment for trade-related technical assistance, ITC's recent achievements in trade development helped it crystallize its vision for the future. This vision rests...
LatinPharma 2003: Forging Alliances between 'Natural' Partners
The world market for natural products is estimated to reach US$ 100 billion by 2010. Medicinal products make up around 80% of this market. By linking up pharmaceutical and natural product companies, ITC is assisting the pharmaceutical industry in Latin...
Making the Most of Services Talks in Cancun. and Beyond
Service sectors have been underrepresented at the international trade negotiations table. Despite the launch of the GATS negotiations in early 2000, many service sectors in developing countries are poorly placed to provide inputs to the process - although...
Market Access Barriers: A Growing Issue for Developing Country Exporters?
Contrary to conventional wisdom, market access barriers faced by developing country exporters are not decreasing for some of their most important export sectors. LDCs are especially at risk. Is market access simply 'unfinished business' or is it a deepening...
Millennium Development Goals Work for Trade
Forum magazine interview with Eveline HerfkensQ What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)?A These commit 189 countries to reach eight development goals by 2015. Heads of state made this commitment, under the auspices of the United Nations, in September...
Path for Growth Confirmed at ITC Annual Meeting
With an increase in delivery of 21%, 2002 was a very good year for ITC. Its achievements underline ITC's relevance to trade development and confirm a path for growth in providing trade-related technical assistance.ITC received unprecedented support from...
Textiles and Clothing: What Happens after 2005?
Some observers predict that by 2005-06, major textile and clothing buyers will reduce by half the number of countries they source from. The challenge for countries and companies is to remain an important source for these buyers. This article explores...
The Doha Development Agenda
What's at Stake for Business in the DevelopingThe world's economy needs a significant boost to push it back onto a stronger growth path. A more open trading system can be a powerful stimulus in reviving the world's economy and in helping poorer countries...
US Importers Eye 2005 Nervously
US importers and retailers of textile and apparel are now focused on the shift in market dynamics post-2004. Speculation is mounting as it looks ever more likely that quotas will end for WTO members.Members of the United States Association of Importers...
Viewpoint: USA
At USAID, support to improve competitiveness of economies accounts for almost 90% of the more than US$ 500 million that USAID commits to trade capacity-building efforts worldwide each year. This is part of our commitment to the Doha Development Agenda.The...

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