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 April

A New Generation of LDC Exporters Emerges
How can successful exporters in least-developed countries (LDCs) convert export opportunities into business? New export opportunities and trade liberalization measures have helped some LDC exporters become a success, noted 75 LDC exporters and senior...
Are TPOs Still Needed? (Partners News and Views)
Nearly 900 participants from 108 countries enthusiastically debated this question during a recent ITC electronic discussion forum (23-27 April 2001). All summaries of the discussion were e-mailed to participants in their target languages and posted...
Certification: Helping Markets Support the World's Forests. (Close Up)
Voluntary forest management certification and associated wood labelling schemes are becoming accepted as a way to help markets contribute to the conservation of tropical and other types of forests. Originally proposed by environmental non-governmental...
Environmental Competitiveness: "Green" Purchasing. (Exporting Better)
Consider environmental issues in procurement to reduce total costs and make out enterprise more competitive. Environmental procurement means systematically building environmental considerations into your day-to-day procurement decision-making and...
Environmental Trade Barriers: Who Wins, Who Loses, What's the Score? (Close Up)
Environment and trade is a challenging issue that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has to tackle. The scarcity of statistically well-grounded information makes the task even more complex. Using market analysis tool developed by ITC with data derived...
Faster-Growing Trees, Value-Added Products. (Close Up)
Value-added wood exports have a bright future. The value of further-processed wood exports from producer countries of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) totalled just under US$ 4.2 billion in 1996-1997, the highest points recorded...
From the Editor
This issue focuses on trade and the environment. The aim is to encourage you, our readers, to think about becoming environmentally sensitive in your international business development practices. We provide practical information on trade and the...
Greening Your Business: ITC's Business Development Service Linking-Trade and the Environment. (International Trade Centre)
Environmentally sensitive export development strategies ITC encourages capacity building in national environmental industries. It also takes into account the role of standards bodies, environmental protection organizations and similar advisory and...
Information Resources: Trade and the Environment. (Close Up)
WTO agreements The World Trade Organization (WTO) has no specific agreement dealing with the environment. However, a number of the WTO agreements include provisions dealing with environmental concerns. The increased emphasis on environmental policies...
ITC's Annual Meeting Features-Solutions to Bridge-The Digital Divide. (ITC News)
ITC officially launched its "E-trade Bridge" programme at its annual intergovernmental meeting, the Joint Advisory Group (Geneva, 30 April to 4 May 2001). The meeting also launched its "new" web site, which was redesigned to better serve ITC's clients....
ITC: Year in Review. (ITC Speaks)
ITC supports developing and transition economies in their efforts to compete effectively in the international marketplace. We strongly believe that this contributes to sustainable development and we are committed to providing first-class technical...
Making Your Packaging Environmentally Friendly. (Close Up)
Historically, packaging was mainly used to transport goods, particularly foodstuffs, from their place of manufacture direct to the customer. Packaging later became prominent in the preserving of food products for longer periods. The packaging revolution...
Organic Spice Trade Helps Rural Empowerment in India
In 2000, ITC won an award at the World Bank's Development Marketplace competition for innovative ideas for poverty reduction (see Forum 1/2000). The winning project, "Empowerment of Rural Communities to Export Organic Spices from India" uses Export...
Packaging: Towards a Sustainable Future. (Close Up)
Packaging is a vital sector of most national economies. It consumes large quantities of resources. Because of packaging's often limited life span, these resources (of materials and energy) are viewed in some quarters as being wasted. As a result, there...
Software for Environmental Engineers. (Market Profile)
The overall environmental software market was estimated at about US$ 1.8 billion in 1995, of which US$ 1.14 billion for consulting and services. So what IT tools does a consulting engineer in a developing country need to compete in the market for environmental...
The Environmental Services Business. (Market Profile)
Big and Growing: Though hardly known to the general public, environmental technologies, products and services have, in 20 years grown to match the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in size -- a US$ 450 billion global market in 2000. By 2010 it...
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