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 January-March

Africa's Export Success
While Africa faces tremendous challenges on the road to integration into the world trading system, there is more to Africa's trade performance than meets the eye. Many African export sectors have outperformed world market growth. Champions in the African...
A Mission for Detectives: Looking for Importers
Perhaps no question is asked more frequently by exporters than "Where and how can I find importers?" Helping businesses to ferret out the response can be a real challenge. A firm grasp of specialized sources is necessary, but it is not enough: an inquisitive...
Frequently Asked Questions about the World System
Over the past four years, ITC's World Tr@de Net programme (previously the Uruguay Round Follow-up programme) has delivered nearly 200 seminars in 70 developing and transition economies to brief business and government leaders about the world trading...
From the Editor
A decade ago, the workings of the world trading system interested only a select few. Today, it attracts growing interest from business, as nearly 90% of world trade is now regulated under WTO Agreements, and most products, services and markets are...
General Agreement on Trade in Services: Opportunities for Developing Countries
One of the most promising areas in trade for developing countries is services, with new negotiations underway from March 2000. This article, based on the ITC publication, Business Guide to the General Agreement on Trade in Services, provides an overview...
Helping Small Firms Join a Knowledge-Based Economy
At the recent UNCTAD X meeting (Bangkok, February 2000), heads of international organizations presented their views on the challenges of globalization for developing countries, and how their organizations respond. Below are ITC's views, expressed by...
How Business Leaders View the WTO Agreements for Information Technology
Few industries drive the pace of social and economic change as fast as information technology. World Trade Organization Agreements on Information Technology and Basic Telecommunications Services, conducted in the 1990s, aim to liberalize these areas...
Our Readers Write
From Nepal, a call to encourage trade within regions Your latest issue was very informative. I was delighted to read about the harmonization of business laws by 15 African countries ("African Business Laws on CD-ROM, Internet", Forum 4/99). I believe...
Small Firms in Developing Countries: Connecting to the Global Economy
Business perspectives * Dispute settlement Industries initiate dispute claims. * Trade Policy Review Mechanism Good source of marketing information. * Monitoring committees and bodies Note especially the Textiles Monitoring Body which...
The World Trading System: What's in It for Business?
As more and more small and medium-sized firms expand internationally, the abstract concept of a world trading system suddenly takes on a new meaning. Governments, industry associations and firms are all faced with similar questions from different perspectives....
World's First Internet Coffee Auction a Success
ITC co-organized the world's first on-line coffee auction, selling Brazilian specialty coffee to bidders around the world via the Internet, from 15 to 17 December 1999. The electronic auction generated excitement among buyers and sellers alike, attracting...
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