International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 3, 2001

Exporting Better: Fish Products
SAR and Co., Bangladesh: taking a risk to move up the value chain Under its chairman and managing director, Musa Meah, SAR took the risky decision in the second half of the 1990s of making a high investment in modern machinery and equipment to process...
Exporting Better: Food Products
Dipag, Guinea: targeting the 'natural' market Labil Oliva Bama was awarded a US$ 7,000 prize for the best new enterprise project when he studied at the Marseilles' development institute, a centre specializing in supporting African students in France...
Exporting Better: Perfumes
Frager, Haiti: shortening the perfume chain to become world number one Frager, a factory dedicated to making vetiver essence, the ingredient of fine perfumes and industrial fragrances, has raised its production in ten years from 20 to 60 tonnes annually,...
Exporting Better: Textiles and Garments
Fortuna Apparels, Bangladesh: exploiting a dynamic market Established in 1983 to manufacture and export garments, Fortuna Apparels Ltd. has grown into a major industrial group in Bangladesh, expanding from 140 sewing machines and 250 workers in a rented...
From the Editor
It's unlikely that anyone who attended the ITC Business Sector Round Table (Brussels, 16 May) at the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries did not come away encouraged by the inventiveness, ingenuity, perseverance and energy of...
International Matchmaking and Business Partnering
In recent decades, industrialized countries have developed a number of direct instruments to help their national companies become active in the developing world. In matchmaking and similar business-- partnering programmes, the sponsoring organization...
LDC Export Successes: How to Make the Exception the Rule
How can LDC firms take greater advantage of the rapid growth in world trade? What can be done to make LDC export successes more the rule than the exception? As ITC's Executive Director J. Denis Belisle told the World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations...
LDCs Myths and Reality
In many respects, the overall picture of LDCs often changes for the better when we look at the situation more closely. The market analysis undertaken by ITC for the Business Sector Round Table (BSRT) found that several generalizations about least developed...
Market Profile: Business-Related Services
The global market for business services is estimated at US$ 3 trillion for 2001, or approximately 10% of global gross domestic product. Exports of business services for 2001 are projected (based on International Monetary Fund (IMF) balance of payments...
Market Profile: Fish Products
The fish product sector is an important one for LDCs. Export turnover totals more than US$ 1.5 billion (of which US$ 0.9 billion comes from molluscs and crustaceans). Several LDCs are active in this sector: around 18 LDCs export frozen shrimps and prawns....
Market Profile: Medicinal Plants
There are good prospects for export growth from LDCs in this market. Sales of herbal medicine alone are estimated to have exceeded US$ 12.5 billion in 1994 and US$ 30 billion in 2000, with annual growth rates averaging between 5% and 15%, depending on...
Market Profile: Opportunities in Adversity
Some members of the business community in LDCs have achieved resounding success, pushing forward against the current to become achievers in adversity. They show there are tangible business opportunities. This article highlights ITC research identifying...
Market Profile: Spices and Culinary Herbs
The world market for imported spices and culinary herbs is large, valued at just over US$ 2.3 billion. LDCs such as Madagascar, Comoros and the United Republic of Tanzania earn a substantial part of their foreign exchange from spice exports. The main...
Market Profile: Textiles and Garments
The textile sector represents around 25% of LDCs' total exports. Bangladesh alone accounts for more than 75% of textile exports, to the value of US$ 4 billion. LDC products: low-price garments in a higher-quality market In clothing as in cotton fabrics,...
Market Profile: Tourism
World tourism grew by an estimated 7.4% in 2000 - its highest growth in nearly a decade and almost double the increase of 1999. Directly or indirectly tourism is estimated to provide 245 million jobs and over US$ 5 trillion in economic activity worldwide,...
Romania and ITC Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership
In June, the Romanian Foreign Trade Centre organized a oneday trade symposium and ceremony to celebrate ten years of successful cooperation with ITC. ITC has worked with the Romanian Government on a wide range of projects to deliver practical services...
Turning LDC Export Opportunities into Business
The ITC and Government of Norway Business Sector Round Table (BSRT) held on 16 May 2001 at the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (14-20 May 2001) put a surprising spotlight on the situation of the world's 49 poorest countries....
UNIDO and ITC Sign a Cooperation Agreement to Increase Exports
ITC News In a bid to intensify industrial and trade development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ITC signed a Cooperation Agreement on 24 August 2001. With a budget of approximately US$ 5 million and a time span of...