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, July-September

African Businesswomen Get Access to Trade: Women Entrepreneurs Benefit from Targeted Assistance to Expand Their Businesses Internationally through This Award-Winning Programme
The creative skills, innovative spirit and sheer determination of African businesswomen are evident in the businesses they have created. However, for the most part, they deal exclusively in local markets and limited sectors. To expand their businesses...
Aid for Trade-ITC's Response: With Billions of Dollars at Stake, Aid for Trade Can Be a Shot in the Arm for Developing Countries. When Defining the Scope, Pay Attention to the Supply Side, Say ITC and Its Clients
The Doha trade talks may have stalled in July 2006, but there has been consensus on one issue: the importance of "Aid for Trade". At the WTO's last ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, Japan announced trade-related development assistance spending of...
Buy in Africa, Sustain Local Communities: A Cote d'Ivoire Food Company's Contracts with Aid Agencies Has Provided Jobs and Income for Local Communities. ITC's Buyer-Seller Meeting for the Aid Sector Played a Part
When Marie Diongoye Konate first encountered ITC at an exporters' association meeting in Bamako, Mali, in March 2005, she was very much struck by the "Buying from Africa for Africa" initiative it was promoting. It was an idea to which Ms Konate wholeheartedly...
Doha: The Low Hanging Fruit: Finishing the Doha Trade Round Is the Simplest Way to Boost the Global Economy and Benefit the Developing World. but It Will Take Bold, Enlightened Leaders in Developed and Developing Countries to Do So
I am in contact with leaders and officials both from the world's most developed nations and from developing countries. When the Doha development round talks collapsed in July, I was struck by the gap between what officials say when they meet at the...
Doha, What Next? the Business Community Needs to Show the Power of Partnership in Making the Doha Promise a Reality. Businesses of Developing Countries Have an Interest in Staying Engaged and Making Their Views Known to Government Negotiators-And to the Public at Large
People have varied reactions to the suspension of trade talks on the Doha Development Agenda. That is because the stalemate in the Doha Development Agenda reflects both the promise and the perils of globalization. Businesses in developing countries...
"Enhanced Integrated Framework" Serves as Model for Aid for Trade
Interview with Francesco Geoffroy, ITC The Integrated Framework (IF) is an international initiative through which the International Monetary Fund, ITC, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Development Programme, World...
Fashion Radar Picks Up: Ethiopian Leather: A Fair-Trade Luxury Label Shows Ethiopia's Report Capacity in Finished Leather Goods
by Trade Forum editorial team World trade in leather and leather products--worth more than $60 billion in 2004--is expected to grow. With a quarter of the world's sheep and goats and 15% of its cattle, Africa is bursting with potential, but there...
In Mozambique, Communities Use Wood, Save Trees: Mozambique Has Been Losing Its Forests to Poor People Who Scrape a Living from This Valuable Natural Resource. Today, Some Are Producing Chic Wooden Bracelets for the World Market While Conserving Precious Woodlands
by Trade Forum editorial team In the struggle for daily survival, people often ignore the importance of environmental sustainability in creating future economic growth. This was the case in Mozambique's Sofala Province, part of a woodland mosaic...
Romania Focuses on Exports as EU Accession Nears: Romanians Are Taking Major Steps to Upgrade Exports, with Help from ITC
by ITC staff Faced with the challenges of its entry into the European Union (EU), Romania is keen to improve its export competitiveness in four sectors of strategic importance for the country's economy: textiles and garments; wooden furniture; information...
Sri Lanka Has Designs on New Markets for Jewellery: Artisans in Sri Lanka's Gem and Jewellery Sector Are Designing New Products That Reflect the Latest Trends. Their Collections Are Making Inroads in Competitive European Markets
by Trade Forum editorial team Gem cutting and jewellery making is a tradition that has developed considerably in Sri Lanka, thanks to the expertise and experience of dedicated craftsmen passed on from generation to generation. The country has been...
Trade Talks in the News: WTO Members Suspended the Doha Round of Trade Talks in July 2006. Trade Forum Reviewed 50 Media Sources for Their Reactions
Most opinion-makers were seriously concerned about the future of world trade. There were also those who welcomed the breakdown in negotiations. Many voices called for restarting the talks, but few provided concrete solutions on how to do so. Alternatives...
Uncovering Services Trade Opportunities: ITC Is Helping to Keep Services in the Spotlight
by ITC Trade in Services Section staff Services contribute to jobs and economic growth in all countries. With efficient service economies, countries in the developing world can tap into global and regional trade opportunities. ITC's Trade in Services...
When Ethics Meet Fashion
The world of fashion has a world of market opportunities. At a time when industries are consolidating and high-volume, low-cost manufacturing is a competitive driver, one new alternative is emerging. "Ethical fashion," including the luxury segment,...
Why Is the United Nations Working in Fashion? the Glossy World of Fashion Is Far Removed from Blue Helmets, Food Aid or Peace Treaties-But It Is Also Part of the United Nations' Work to Ensure the World's People Have Better, Safer Lives
Three of the four stories about trade development in this magazine relate to fashion. One relates to food aid. All show that small firms in developing countries can grow their business through exports. They also show the UN working in the world's poorest...