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 October-December

Accessing the Aid Procurement Market. (Exporting Better)
It can be difficult and time-consuming to get a foothold in the aid procurement market. In this article we offer practical guidelines for development country enterprises on overcoming some of the most commonly faced obstacles to entry into this complex...
ActionAid: Untying Aid in the European Union. (Partners News and Views)
United Kingdom-based development NGO ActionAid has lodged a legal complaint about tied aid within the European Union. It argues that without positive efforts to boost developing country participation in aid contracting and procurement, many of the...
Africans and Asians Do Business in Durban. (ITC Promotes South-South Trade)
The United Nations Development Programme organized the second Africa-Asia Business Forum (Durban, July 2001) to promote trade and investment at the enterprise level between selected African and Asian countries. Key sectors represented Sectors...
Buying from Africa for Africa. (Exporting Better)
Hendrik Roelofsen, new Director of ITC's Division of Technical Cooperation Coordination, speaks about the organization's programme "Increasing Africa's participation in development aid procurement". Q Why is ITC bringing African business and international...
E-Procurement in the Aid Business: In This Article Developing Country Suppliers Can and Details of Some of the Trends in Aid E-Procurement as Well as Tips Are Use Addresses. (Partners News and Views)
A growing range of companies in the developing world are making the Internet a key part of their sales and marketing for aid-related business with governments, the United Nations (UN) and international charities. Procurement for aid needs, from development...
From the Editor
Every day in some far-flung corner of the world affected by conflict or disaster or benefiting from development assistance programmes, international aid agencies distribute supplies including food, shelter and medicines. The images of these efforts...
Getting Connected. (UNDP Procurement)
The United Nations development programme (UNDP) is working to promote digital entrepreneurship and foster private-sector partnerships. As part of this effort, UNDP's procurement centre, the inter-agency procurement services office (IAPSO), based in...
How Can Developing Countries Benefit More from the Multilateral Trading System? (Trade as a Tool for Development)
ITC firmly believes in trade as a tool for development. In order for developing countries and transition economies to increase their participation in global trade, they need to focus on three export prerequisites: market access, marketable goods and...
Humanitarian and Development Procurement: A Vast and Growing Market. (Market Profile)
Throughout the world, international aid agencies implement development or relief assistance programmes aimed at fighting disease, reducing poverty, fostering economic and social development, promoting respect for human rights and protecting the environment....
International Trade Bulletins. (ITC Periodicals)
ITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITO listed below. * Market News Service. Price and market information for nine primary and/or...
ITC Training: Helping Developing Country Enterprises Enter the Aid Market. (Exporting Better)
Increasing the regional and international trade potential of developing countries is vital for their future growth and prosperity. But often a country's enterprises do not know how to access markets beyond their borders. In Africa, for example,...
More ASEAN-South Asia Trade Urged. (ITC Promotes South-South Trade)
Major opportunities for trade expansion between ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and South Asia lie untapped as only about 4% of combined trade takes place between the two regions, said a senior adviser with a United Nations body. ...
Our Readers Write
Communicating trade issues "Digital divide" reports help shape policy It is always a pleasure to read the magazine of the International Trade Centre and I was particularly impressed with issue 1/2001 on Reaping the Digital Dividend. Exploiting...
Regional Initiatives in Group Buying: The Red Cross and Red Crescent Experience
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are key players in the procurement of humanitarian aid goods and services. Each year they purchase hundreds of millions of dollars worth of items from suppliers around the world. One example is the...
Spinners and Spinners Blankets the Humanitarian Aid Market. (Kenyan Enterprises Succeed)
For the past nine years Spinners and Spinners, a blanket manufacturer based in Nairobi, Kenya, has been supplying blankets to various international aid agencies. The company currently has long-term agreements with the Office of the United Nations High...
Supplying Aid Agencies. (Simba Street)
Procurement by international aid agencies: a vast market In 2000, international aid agencies procured an estimated US$ 50 billion worth of goods and services for worldwide development and relief projects. The United Nations (UN) system accounted...
Supplying Aid Products and Services
Promising trends for developing country enterprises UN commitment to procure from developing countries and economies in transition In response to General Assembly resolutions and Executive Board decisions, UN agencies are making serious efforts...
The OECD/DAC Responds: Interview with Jean-Claude Faure. (Partners News and Views)
Jean-Claude Faure is Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC). In this interview, he responds to questions about the DAC's recent Recommendation on untying aid to the least developed...
The United Aid Debate; Development Choices: Opening Up Markets. (Partners News and Views)
Untying aid to the least developed countries (LDCs) of the world has been an objective at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for many years. Now a breakthrough has been made which could see the world's poorest countries...
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