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, 2000

Back Office Operations
This article is the first in a two-part series about the growing opportunities to provide back office services to international firms, public-sector agencies and non-profit organizations. Adapted from ITC's new publication, Offshore Back Office Operations:...
Computers and Cakes Give Confidence and Cash to Housewives in Peru
A network of Peruvian housewives is using the Internet to bake cakes ordered by Peruvian expatriates and deliver them locally. The start-up e-business, Tortasperu, came into being with the assistance of Red Cientifica Peruana (RCP) and E-connexions,...
Electronic Finance: A Cornerstone to Trade and Compete Internationally
Understanding e-finance trends helps both firms and trade development professionals to be more internationally competitive. More and more, financial products are becoming available in electronic format, even in developing countries, faster than we could...
From the Editor
Old business in new ways, but also new business opportunities: this is what e-trade is all about. The global marketplace in many ways is a virtual one, but it is driven by the same business realities as traditional exchanges in local market squares....
Helping Small Firms Trade Effectively with the Internet
The case of Malta shows how a national trade promotion organization can help SMEs take advantage of the Internet to boost exports. In Malta, trade promotion necessarily starts with creating visibility for the country. Due to its small size, foreign investors...
In Peru, Internet Strengthens Civil Society
Red Cientifica Peruana (RCP - Peruvian scientific network) is a non-profit organization set up in 1991 to develop the Internet in Peru. RCP works in partnership with 43 institutions. As the first Internet service provider in Peru, RCP provided computer...
International Silk Association Expresses Appreciation for Partnership with ITC
At ITC's Joint Advisory Group Meeting (April 2000), the International Silk Association (ISA) took the floor to express its appreciation for its partnership with ITC: "Ladies and gentlemen, ISA is a worldwide organization devoted exclusively to silk....
Internet for SMEs: A New Skill Road?
Are Australian firms ready to use the Internet as a means to join the global economy? And what lessons can be learned for developing countries from the Australian experience, especially for small firms located in rural areas? With great enthusiasm, Australian...
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The World's First Internet Coffee Auction a Success-Some "Lessons Learned"
Behind every success is hard work, substantial risks, sleepless nights and - not least - the bit of luck that can make the whole difference. This article looks at elements that made the world's first Internet coffee auction (December 1999) a success....