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. 2, April-June

Building Talent for the Future: Closing the Mistmatch between Skills and Demand Is Crucial as We Enter a New, Digital Era
An influx of new technologies and digitization has transformed the way in which we work, socialize and lead our lives. This phenomenon is often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Information and communication technology (ICT) has made...
Creating Conditions to Economically Empower Women in Africa: Policy Shifts, Cultural Awareness Are Key to Overcoming Barriers
Women have long suffered stigmatization and marginalization globally. The number of women who still face challenges in reaching their full potential due to an uneven playing field is too high. Even still, I am encouraged by the women who have remained...
Creating Locally Made Products with International Appeal: Despite Barriers, a Woman-Owned Start-Up in the Gambia Is Aiming to Go Global
Africa is a continent bursting with brilliant minds and innovative ideas. Still, young people face a barrage of challenges when starting and running their businesses. As a young entrepreneur, my brand, TiGA, has faced some of these challenges and we've...
Creating Opportunities for and with Youth: From Agriculture to Digital Tools, ITC Is Scaling Up Its Offering to Young People in Trade
Finding a good job these days can be an uphill struggle, especially for young people. Youth are particularly exposed to higher unemployment, poor job conditions and a mismatch between their skills and labour-market needs. In addition, the gap between...
Engaging Youth through Virtual Learning Spaces: The SME Trade Academy Is Allowing ITC to Extend Its Reach in Developing and Least Developed Countries
The International Trade Centre's (ITC) SME Trade Academy has developed 55 online courses since its creation in 2014 in a range of topics tailored to the needs of developing countries. Offered free of charge on the Academy's platform, these courses...
How Digital Skills Can Help Tackle Youth Unemployment: Youth Have to Be Equipped with the Knowledge and Skills Needed for a Digital Future
Some 66.6 million young women and men are unemployed and 144.9 million young workers are employed but living in poverty, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). On the other hand, research by the International Telecommunication Union...
ITC PUBLICATIONS: Resources on Trade and Export Development for Exporters, Trade Support Institutions and Policymakers
ORDERING DETAILS ITC publications To order ITC publications online Publications are listed online with prices and can be ordered at ITC's e-shop at www.intracen.org/about/e-shop and via the National Book Network (NBN) at: https://unp.un.org To buy...
Let's Take Trade and Youth Seriously: Making Trade Work for Young Jobseekers Requires Identifying and Removing Barriers
Today's youth are more educated than any previous generation. However, for many of them this does not translate into economic opportunities. Some 13.5% of young people aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed in 2017 compared to only 5.5% of the working-age...
Let's Unleash the Potential of Youth in Global Trade
There are 1.3 billion youth in the world today and 1 billion of them live in the developing world. Worryingly, more than half of young people in developing countries are unemployed. With growing global economic unrest, providing jobs and training for...
Scaling Up Action on Youth Employment with the Global Goals: The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth Is Securing a Better Future for Young People
'Starting a business has made me feel successful, because I help to train others who will soon create their own businesses,' says Nuru Nassor, a 24-year-old Tanzanian woman. She recently made the transition from part-time tailor to young entrepreneur...
Start-Up Success in Senegal: Lessons Learned the Hard Way Inspired CONCREE's Drive to Create a Relationship Management Software for Entrepreneurs
I decided to start up an e-commerce business in Senegal back in 2011. At the time I was still a student at the University of Grenoble in France. However, I initially abandoned my entrepreneurship dream because I lacked critical elements, including...
Three Ways to Get Small Businesses to Employ Opportunity Youth: Changing the Hiring Process Can Change the Future for Young Workers
Small business growth is the secret to solving youth unemployment in Africa. Small and growing businesses (SGBs) create around 80% of employment on the continent. If business owners can grow their companies they can hire more people, who in turn gain...
Today's Trade Policies, Tomorrow's Prosperity: What Are the Prospects for Today's Youth a Decade from Now?
Those under the age of 25--which today make up half of the world's population--will by 2030 have grown up to become breadwinners for themselves and their families. They will have to make their living amid the technological advances, environmental strains...
Why Africa's Free Trade Area Offers So Much Promise: Combining Forces Will Create More Opportunity, Employment
African leaders earlier this year signed a framework establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization. The free trade area aims to create a single market for...
Young and Motivated: Making It in the Gambia; Tukki Wala Tekki Fii? Tekki Fii! Go Abroad or Make It Here? Make It Here! If You Ask Gambian Youth, They Opt to Sharpen Skills and Become Entrepreneurs at Home Rather Than Migrate
Young people in the Gambia are choosing to 'make it' at home rather than go abroad, whether it's in the arts or agriculture, tech or tourism. In fact, youth in the Gambia--one of Africa's smallest countries--have big dreams and are willing to work...
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