International Trade Forum

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Articles from No. 4, October-December

A Trade Facilitation Agreement to Increase LDC Exports
Trade facilitation has important implications for a country's export competitiveness. The benefits of 'fluid borders' are particularly critical in today's environment in which increased global production sharing within value chains means that goods...
Boosting Onion Farmers' Income in West Africa
As the global trading environment becomes ever more competitive, the fragmentation and geographical separation of commodity value chains compound traditional challenges faced by exporters. No longer is it enough to meet quality and packaging standards,...
Championing Trade Support for Women Entrepreneurs
Lucia-Loretta Desir is a successful business woman in the predominantly male shipping industry in Guyana. She is Managing Director of D & J Shipping Service, a thriving international business. In 2001, the company employed just three people. Today,...
Cutting Dwell Time to Boost Trade
The simplification and harmonization of customs controls, which the World Customs Organization (WCO) calls 'trade facilitation', is vital for supporting international trade, export growth and economic competitiveness. A growing body of research shows...
E-Commerce and beyond Opportunities for Developing Country SMEs
Electronic commerce, far from being solely the domain of Amazon, has become a significant tool in unlocking job creation and innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. Online trade in China alone has grown...
Enhancing Trade in Landlocked Countries through the Private Sector
Businesses located in countries with poor trade facilitation are seriously inhibited from attaining great trading opportunities in this era of heightened globalization and trade intensification. Trade facilitation is critically important to small and...
ITC Publications: Resources on Trade and Export Development for Exporters, Trade Support Institutions and Policymakers
New technical paper For free download, please visit. www.intracen.org/publjcations 01 JAMAICA: COMPANY PERSPECTIVES--AN ITC SERIES ON NON-TARIFF MEASURES New small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Jamaica are more affected by non-tariff...
Message from Arancha Gonzalez: Executive Director, ITC
As this issue of the International Trade Forum goes to press, negotiations are under way in the run up to the World Trade Organization's Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia in early December. On the top of the list is a trade facilitation...
Q&A with Enhanced Integrated Framework: Executive Director Ratnakar Adhikari
Ratnakar Adhikari took over as Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in October. The US$ 250 million programme assists the integration of least developed countries (LDCs) into the global trading system, increasing their exports,...
Reducing Non-Tariff Barriers along East Africa's Northern Corridor
Cooperation among East African government agencies has cut by half the time it takes to drive along one of the region's busiest transport routes, the 1,700-kilometre Northern Corridor (see map). Earlier this year, Emmanuel Rutagengwa, then a consultant...
The Role of Trade Facilitation in Addressing Non-Tariff Measures
Cumbersome administrative procedures, rather than just strict standards and regulations, pose a major burden for exporters in developing countries, according to a survey of more than 10,000 businesses by the International Trade Centre (ITC). Furthermore,...
Trade Facilitation at Work in Hong Kong: Beyond Geography: How Economic Policy Has Turned Hong Kong, China into an International Logistics Hub
Hong Kong, China is undisputedly one of the world's leading financial and logistics hubs. An economic policy of free enterprise and free trade, rule of law, and an emphasis on and investment in education and commercial infrastructure have all been...
Trade Facilitation Brings Significant Development Gains
The Doha Round, launched in 2001, has become less ambitious over the past several years. Important negotiations on agriculture, industrial trade, services and many other subjects at the heart of international negotiations could not be finalized, to...
Trade Facilitation, International Supply Chains and SME Competitiveness
As the relevance of international value chains continues to grow within the global economy, international trade increasingly takes place within the production networks of multinational corporations. According to estimates from the Organisation for...
Trade Facilitation to Bring Billions in Exports to East Africa
Trade facilitation will be in the spotlight at the Ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Indonesia in December. A deal, whether in Bali or later, will make it easier for companies worldwide to move their goods across borders....
Trade Facilitation: Trade Competitiveness and the Development Dimension
As early as the mid-1990s, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) documented what later became widely acknowledged--that administrative and procedural transaction costs constitute between 3% and 6% of the value of internationally...
Unlocking the Potential of Informal Women Traders in East Africa
Thanks to an ongoing ITC pilot project in the East African Community (EAC), some 8,000 women traders are being given the chance to move from the informal to the formal sector, increasing their earnings and personal safety E. Nduwimana exports rice...
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