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, January

Aid Agencies Buy Locally for Tsunami Relief: Aid Agencies Are Buying Supplies from Asia and Other Developing Regions Following the Asian Tsunami in December 2004. ITC's Networks of Developing Country Suppliers Are Playing a Role
Agencies and firms that haw. participated in ITC buyers-sellers meetings over the past several years are tapping their new networks and skills to provide emergency and reconstruction supplies and simultaneously bolster development efforts. Humanitarian...
Clothing Goes Global
Today, the clothes we wear may have travelled more than us. The shirt below is a good example. Produced for a large retailer in the United States by a mega company based in Hong Kong (China) with branches in different countries, it embodies the globalizing...
Dispute Resolution: Managers Meet for First Time: In a Worldwide First, ITC Brought Together Managers of New and Well-Established Arbitration and Mediation Centres to Discuss the Challenges of Running a Centre. They Left with New Ideas to Tackle Common Problems as Well as New Training and Cooperation Initiatives
Bringing business disputes to court takes time and money, and may be too much in the public eye. Even though arbitration and mediation centres can offer firms a faster, confidential solution, they have their own problems, particularly in developing...
Does Trade-Related Technical Assistance Work? ITC Made the Case for the Trade Development and Sparked Debate at the Latest Informal Meeting of Its Joint Advisory Group
ITC projects are helping countries increase jobs and income among poor communities, making South-South trade a reality, helping African countries integrate into world trade and boosting exports from Bolivia and Ghana. ITC made the case for these...
Expanding Africa's Role in World Trade: How Can African Countries Build the Expertise to Promote Their Interests More Effectively in Trade Talks and Derive Gains from the Trading System? the Three Geneva-Based Trade Development Organizations-ITC, UNCTAD and WTO-Are Working Together to Boost Countries' Abilities to Play a More Active Role
When African trade ministers met in Tunis in October 1994, they had a problem on their collective minds. Just six months earlier, most had joined over 100 colleagues from around the globe in Marrakech to sign the Final Act of the Uruguay Round of trade...
Exporting Textiles & Clothing What's the Cost for LDCs?
The end of quotas in the textiles and clothing industry benefits large Asian producers. Yet other countries also have a stake in the business. The sector plays a major economic role in many least developed countries, especially in Africa, and in other...
Fast-Track Fund for Asian Trade Development
In Asia, 19 developing countries and two regional organizations stand to gain from fast-track access to trade-related technical assistance, in a three-year, 5 million (euro) programme financed by the European Commission (EC) and ITC. The aim is to...
Have TPOs Changed? National Institutions Are Essential to Increase Trade in a Sustainable Way. the Best Trade Promotion Organizations Continue to Evolve in a Fast-Changing Trade Environment. This Is the Message in the First of Three Viewpoints about TPOs
This well-known Chinese proverb is most relevant for any type of sustainable development. Amazingly, it is often ignored by technical assistance providers who, in their haste to do good and be seen to be doing good, often support the "quick fix" or...
Have TPOs Moved on since the 1990s? A View from Western Europe: More Specialized Customer Services Are Being Delivered More Efficiently through Communications Technologies. TPOs Now Need to Focus More on Exporters of Services, since European Economies Are over 80% Based on Services
My answer to the question in the title would be yes. "Is there likely to be a market for my white cotton shirts in Paris? Can you help me find someone there to buy them? How do I set about doing it?" These basic questions, posed to me as a junior officer...
How TPOs Compete: A Report on the World TPO Conference: At a Time of Fundamental, Accelerating Changes in the Global Economy, Leaders of Trade Promotion Organizations from around the World Met to Discuss Their Future as Players in National Trade Development and Business Competitiveness
Co-hosted by Malta Enterprise and ITC, the 5th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) brought together 145 senior managers from 69 countries in St Julian's, Malta, from 1-2 October 2004. The meeting highlighted innovative practices...
More Than a New Look
Behind Forum's new look is a new approach to reporting on trade development issues. The approach builds on your feedback to our 40th anniversary publications. We sum up our new emphasis in three words: advocacy, development and topicality. We...
Raising Awareness of Services Export Potential: There Are Strong Prospects for Trade in Services, Particularly between Developing Countries. over the Past Few Years, ITC Has Refocused Its Activities in This Sector to Help Countries Take Advantage of New Opportunities
Services represent 40% of exports in many developing countries. In five years, this is expected to jump to 70%, with business and professional services representing the lion's share. Most of the opportunity lies in trade among developing countries....
Whither TPOs? A View from Asia: Market-Driven TPOs Support Outward-Oriented Trade and Investment Policies in Successful Asian Economies
Few current trade policy issues are as polarized as the debate over the relevance of trade promotion organizations (TPOs) for developing countries. Some ardent free traders see TPOs (particularly those funded and controlled by the state) as inefficient...
Winning TPOs Change with the Times: Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in the Republic of Korea, Uganda, Colombia, Jamaica, Australia and Bulgaria Have Received International Awards for Their Achievements in Raising Exports. These Winners Demonstrate That TPOs Can Make a Difference in Today's Challenging Trade Environment
Countries that help their businesses compete internationally are more likely to prosper in today's global economy. Trade promotion organizations can play an important role in boosting trade, particularly among small firms. Those most successful at...

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