International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 4, October

Advocacy for "Aid for Trade": Aid for Trade Has Become an Important Element of the World Trade Organization's Work in the Past Year, a Job That Requires It to Take on an Advocacy and Coordination Role
The heart of the Doha Development Agenda is a "trade and growth" agenda that is of central importance to helping developing countries, and especially the least developed countries (LDCs), to reach their Millennium Development Goals. "Aid for Trade"...
African Services Associations Meet: Service Sector Associations Representing Thousands of Firms from 13 African Countries Met with South African Construction, Transportation and Financial Services Firms at a "Bridges across Borders" Event in Centurion, South Africa, in November 2006
Construction, transportation and financial services have good potential for regional cooperation and development, due to firms with export experience and business opportunities in new regional transport networks. The Southern African Development Community...
Aid for Trade a Wider Scope: Interview with Ambassador Mia Horn at Rantzien, Chair, WTO Aid for Trade Task Force
Go beyond trade policy when addressing what you need to improve your country's trade performance, recommends the Aid for Trade Task Force. Q Is Aid for Trade worth it for developing countries? A From the development standpoint--which is my background--Aid...
Aid for Trade: We Can Do Better: Turning Aid Recipients into Consumers, and Enabling Them to Take Charge of the Process, Will Help to Make Aid for Trade More Effective
"We in the developing countries must own the development agenda, and our partners have to align their support to our agenda, our priorities and the sequencing we have set for ourselves. Development cannot be imposed, it can only be facilitated." ...
Asia Trust Fund Is on Track: This Fast-Track Facility for Trade Assistance in Asia Is Responding Well to New Asian Needs
Since its launch in September 2004, the Asia Trust Fund (ATF)--funded mainly by the European Union (EU)--has been recognized as a demand-driven facility that has responded effectively to urgent and new needs for trade-related technical assistance in...
At a Glance: ITC's Role in Aid for Trade
Why Aid for Trade is important Developing countries cannot take advantage of market access agreements if they do not have competitive goods and services to export. They need assistance in building the capacity to trade in challenging world markets....
Building Up Commercial Dispute Resolution in Africa: Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Are Gaining Ground in African Countries, Helping to Improve the Investment and Business Climate
Over 20 African countries have set up arbitration and mediation centres since 1995, usually under a national chamber of commerce. They have flourished in part as alternatives to overburdened courts. The challenge now is to strengthen these new services....
Developing Your Message: Invest in Developing Your Message-What Drives You and Makes You Stand Out
Working with educators, parliamentarians, journalists or others who influence the public can help build understanding of the potential of trade. The perspectives on public attitudes about trade, campaign practices and reporting challenges contained...
Getting the Framework Right: Country Ownership, a Stronger Voice for Business and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Stronger Institutional Backing Are Essential Lessons from a Valuable Process to Coordinate Trade Assistance in the World's Poorest Countries
Despite some shortcomings, the Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance for Least Developed Countries (IF) is recognized as a sound basis for trade capacity building and coordination among assistance providers. First mandated...
Has Public Support for Free Trade Reached Its Peak? A Recent Survey in the United States and Europe Indicates the Challenge Facing Communicators in Turning Support for Trade into Further Lowering of Trade Barriers
According to the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in all six countries it surveyed in 2005 and 2006, people's views on globalization are more favourable compared to last year. Majorities in each country favour foreign companies investing...
ITC Moves Forward: The Views of ITC Clients and Donors Are Helping the New Management Team to Shape the ITC of Tomorrow, in a Changing Environment for Trade Development
ITC's new senior management is using the recommendations of a major external evaluation of ITC, led by Denmark, as a point of departure to initiate a change management process. The aim is to transform the organization into a centre of technical excellence...
Reporting on Trade a Kenyan View: The Media Has a Duty to Inform the Public about Trade Matters That Affect Their Lives. but with Limited Resources and Too Little Interaction with Trade Bodies, Southern Journalists Have a Hard Time
Covering trade issues in the South is no mean feat when most of the drama and decision-making sessions take place a long way away and government bodies do not want to part with information. Yet journalists are supposed to be the watchdog for millions...
Strengthening Trade Coverage in the Media: How Can Trade Experts and Journalists Work Together to Make Sense of Global Change?
As world attention focuses on negotiations on the rules of international trade, one crucial aspect that remains largely ignored is the role of the media in both developed and developing countries in raising public awareness and debate about trade policy-making....
Talking Up Trade
In development circles, trade is becoming accepted as a way to address poverty. Among the broader public, however, few make the link between trade and poverty reduction. Trade is seen as an "insider" or elite topic, not a subject of dinner conversation....
Trade Forum Collection on Advocacy for Trade
Trade Forum articles address ways to build awareness of the potential of trade, from building coalitions to developing a national brand, to working with NGOs, students and journalists, to using web sites effectively, and more. These articles are available...
Trade Forum Online Your Comments: Readers Comment on Trade Forum Articles Online
Earlier this year, we launched a comments feature for readers of Trade Forum online. You can use it to send reactions to specific articles, contact authors or share information on related topics or events you are organizing. We set up the comments...
What People Don't Know about Trade and Why They Need to Know
Trade topics rarely maize for dinner table conversation or work-break chats by the water cooler. The public may know that international trade affects their daily lives. But people have a sense of unease. They don't know exactly how global commerce...

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