Magazine article International Trade Forum

In Brief

Magazine article International Trade Forum

In Brief

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ITC Executive Director Reappointed

J. Denis Belisle of Canada was reappointed to a new term by Kofi Annan, UN SecretaryGeneral, and Mike Moore, WTO Director General. The appointment runs until June 2003

Mr. Belisle took up his post as ITC's Executive Director in June 1994, following his joint appointment by the UN Secretary-General and the Director-General of GATT (now WTO), and was reappointed for a three-year term in 1997.

Mr. Belisle has had extensive international experience in the public and private spheres. Prior to his appointment at ITC, he served as Canada's Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Niger.

ITC at European Week of Information Technologies

ITC promoted trade development for IT exporters in developing and transition economies at the European Week of Information Technologies (SETI 2000, Paris, 27-30 March), where a major conference and exhibition attracted over 150,000 visitors. ITC's contribution included:

A keynote conference speech by ITC's Executive Director, J. Denis Belisle, highlighting how to take advantage of new information technologies for export promotion. (Presentations were also made by WTO, the European Union (DGXIII) and the French Ministry of the Interior.)

An ITC exhibit stand, featuring trade promotion organizations, trade associations and export companies from eight developing countries and economies in transition (Cyprus, Estonia, Jordan, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Tunisia and Turkey).

A web site (, with information on public and private sector organizations at the event;

Mr. B6lisle's speech; ITC's new brochure on cybermarketing; pictures of the stand; and links to relevant web sites.

Quality Management Update

An ITC regional quality management seminar (Dhaka, March 2000) raised awareness of the business implications of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) agreements, Participants from 17 countries attended, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Gambia, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Suriname, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uganda. The seminar was financially supported by the Islamic Development Bank and hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh.

Participants recommended that technical assistance be provided to developing countries in the following areas:

>information technology, to enable them to implement the TBT and SPS agreements, especially regarding the processing of information related to these agreements;

>standardization, to enable experts from these countries to participate in meetings where international standards are established; and

> conformity assessment, to enable exporters from these countries to comply with international standards. …

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