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Articles from No. 4, October-December

Africa Is Open for Business
For the first time the International Trade Centre (ITC) held its annual World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Africa in 2014. On 15-17 September more than 1,000 delegates from across the world came to Rwanda's capital, Kigali, to discuss how trade...
Best TPO from a Developing Country-Proexport Colombia
Taking the prize in the developing country category at this year's TPO Network Awards was Proexport Colombia for its Selling Methodology 2.0 (PSM 2.0), which aims to increase textile and apparel exports to the United States of America. PSM 2.0 is based...
Best TPO from a Small Island Developing State-Enterprise Mauritius
As a three-time award winner of the TPO Network Awards, Enterprise Mauritius knows what it takes to prepare small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to export to global markets. 'We start preparing an innovative project every year,' said Chief...
Boosting Trade through Extended Outreach
Ecuador, like many countries in Latin America, has revisited the idea of development. It is forging its own path towards a more sustainable and inclusive society focused on a better quality of life for its citizens. This is the vision of the National...
Cities Driving Regional Growth
Stamford Raffles, then the Governor-General overseeing Singapore, declared the city a free and open port in 1823. Singapore had experienced rapid growth since Raffles's first development plan for the city was laid out in 1819. And, while economic advancement...
Development Investment, Not Development Aid, Is the Way Forward
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are committed humanitarians and philanthropists as well as actors. They use their celebrity well in promoting good causes. They also ensure that they are not a distraction when visiting humanitarian operations. I saw...
Enhancing the World's Taste for African Coffee
When the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) was formed in 2000, its founders had a vision that they would be able to provide the African coffee industry--which had undergone two severe depressions--with a new direction. To achieve this goal, AFCA...
Exploring the Role of TPOs in a Changing Trade Landscape
Trade promotion organizations (TPOs) often have an invisible role, working behind the scenes to help small and medium-sized enterprises to increase exports to global markets. The 10th TPO Network World Conference and Awards, held 3-5 November in Dubai,...
Mexico: Building a Global Brand Footprint
Mexico has in recent decades become one of the world's most vibrant and stable economies. Its promising future has been underscored time and time again. The New York Times has stated that Mexico is set to become one of the most dominant economic powers...
Overcoming Political Risk for SMEs through Infrastructure Investment
Infrastructure investment needs are huge and growing. According to the World Bank's current Infrastructure Strategy, an estimated US$1.1 trillion annual expenditure in developing countries--or 6.6% of the developing world's gross domestic product--is...
Promoting Growth by Reducing Barriers to Trade
The business community believes in open borders because the most efficient and productive economy is a truly global economy in which goods, services, capital and labour move freely to where they are needed most. Open borders are the closest guarantee...
Special Mentions for Developed Countries TPOs
In the Developed Country category, the panel of judges accorded Special Mention Awards to two trade promotion organizations (TPOs), Enterprise Lithuania and ICEX Spain, Export and Investment for their efforts to promote youth employment and skills...
Stepping Up the Fight against Poverty through Trade
2014 has been a special year for the International Trade Centre (ITC). The organization celebrated its 50th year of providing technical assistance, capacity building and knowledge to developing country policymakers and their small and medium-sized...
Successful Export Promotion: Lessons from Emerging Economies
Emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India have been very successful in enhancing trade performance. But how have they actually achieved this--and what lessons could less developed countries learn from their experiences? One element that...
The Changing Role of Trade Promotion
Running a successful business is the dream of every entrepreneur. While global empires are for the few, finding and receiving proper support, however, can make success a more realistic prospect for many more. In recent decades trade promotion organizations...
Weaving LDCs into the Fabric of the Global Economy
Integrating least-developed countries (LDCs), most of them located in Africa, into the global economy is one of the central challenges to fostering stability and spreading prosperity more widely across the globe. These 48 countries account for a...
West Africa's Resurgent Economic Performer
Cote d'Ivoire has for centuries been known as a country blessed with abundant natural resources. Today this is reflected in the West African country's status as the world's largest exporter of cocoa. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That position should...
Why Trade Costs Matter: The 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade
High trade costs constrain the economic advancement of many developing countries by impeding their ability to take full advantage of world markets. This is especially true for the 49 least developed countries (LDCs) that account for just 1.23% of global...
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