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. 1, 1999

Abidjan Consensus Document on Public Procurement Reform
Build Support for Reform. Procurement reform needs: political endorsement and commitment; a strategy for developing enabling legislation, organizations and regulations; well-trained and competent procurement officials; and supportive business and professional...
Electronic Commerce Primer
What is e-commerce? If your instinctive reply is "consumer shopping using the Internet" you are not alone. Magazines, newspapers, television and on-line media focus heavily on this fast-evolving Internet development. Yet most experts believe that e-commerce...
Exporters and Importers in Developing Countries: Investing in the Internet
How can importers and exporters in developing countries best take advantage of the Internet? A wealth of information exists on the rapid evolution and the benefits of the Internet. Less exists on how to sift through this information for the practical...
Export Strategies for Small Firms
Today's export promotion strategies must reflect the changing nature of the international trade environment, if they are to have an impact. Change in the past several years has taken many forms. Broad changes are affecting international trade, such as...
From the Executive Director
The year 1999 looks promising for ITC beneficiaries. While 1998 marked the end of a comprehensive organizational reform, 1999 and future years will be devoted to increased field activities aimed at national capacity building and benefiting from ITC's...
How Do Executives View the Internet Today?
ITC interviews Joel Maloff, an international Internet consultant who writes frequently on executive issues. Q. How do senior executives around the world view the Intemet? A. Most non-technical executives worldwide continue to view the Internet as a tactical...
ITC Signs Agreement with the Republic of Moldova
H.E. Petru Lucinschi, President of the Republic of Moldova, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to boost Moldovan exports with J. Denis Belisle, ITC's Executive Director, on 14 January 1999. The agreement was signed during an official visit of a highlevel...
Linking the Internet to Your Marketing Strategy
To reach global markets through Internet, businesses need to adopt a sound business strategy, coupled with flexibility to question traditional practices. This is the real challenge for businesses using the Internet, no matter where they are located....
Manage Purchasing with the Internet
Most organizations do not use the Internet to buy goods and services--yet. ITC's trend-trackers in international purchasing and supply management expect this to change, however, as internet use becomes more widespread. Companies and governments in developing...
Silk: A Tradition with a Future?
Formerly a luxury trade, the silk industry is at a crossroads. New sandwashed silk brought a wider range of affordable silk products within the reach of millions of consumers during the 1990s. Competition from high-tech synthetics has eaten away market...
Small Firms and the Internet: Force or Farce?
Should small firms in developing countries take the plunge and invest in setting up an Internet site now? What lessons can they learn from Internet pioneers? There are lessons in a recent Internet study of small and medium-sized exporters in the United...
The Views of a Donor
Public procurement reform hurts. It touches vested interests, but improves the lives of individuals. I once visited a university hospital with the full apparatus to carry out open heart surgery, but with no sterilizing unit working. Rubber gloves were...
Using the Internet: Exploring International Markets
Are you looking for timely business information at a relatively low cost? Many companies and trade support institutions (trade promotion organizations, professional associations, consultants) are adopting the Internet to improve their access to information...
Using the Internet for Service Exporting: Tips for Service Firms
The Internet can help service firms in developing and transitional economies exactly where they need it most. It helps them overcome two of the biggest barriers they face: gaining credibility in international markets; and travel costs and restrictions...
Using the Services Exports Web Site
ITC's Services Exporting Homepage has features designed specifically for industry associations, to support their efforts. Below are ways associations can use this site to attract new members and retain current members in an increasingly competitive market....
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