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Mobile business solutions

 


TARGET:  SMALL BUSINESS EFFICIENCY

Trade at Hand is an ITC service which objective is to make innovative use of mobile phones by business exporters from developing economies.

The service started to serve agricultural product exporters and now moves on to other economic sectors. Since 2006, Trade at Hand projects lead to the creation of four solutions:

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"Market Prices", consists in sending, via SMS, product prices on international markets, in real time;

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"Market Alerts" is a Web-to-SMS tool that enables Business Support Organisations to transmit business opportunities, contacts and market news to targeted business people;

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"mCollect" allows national market price collecting and food security institutions to use the SMS channel to gather price information from their networks of rural market price collectors;

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"Mobile Marketplace", offers a virtual marketplace to small-scale producers who have access to a mobile phone, enabling them to advertise their products to big buyers (i.e. exporters).

Trade at Hand was designed to be self-sustainable in countries where the service is launched. The management of Trade at Hand is given to local organizations (called T@H Focal Points).

For more information, please send your request to Trade-at-Hand@intracen.org

     
 

Recent fluctuations in oil prices have had a considerable effect on food prices and food security in many ACP nations. How much the price of oil has impacted the costs of agricultural goods, in particular, is proportionate to the distance these products have to travel to reach customers. This price instability has created significant tensions in several West African countries, for example, which increasingly depend on fossil fuel for their food supply. The ripples caused by the recent oil price shocks demonstrated the relative advantages of regional and sub-regional trade in agricultural produce compared to inter-continental, international trade.

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Mira Slavova, International Consultant, International Trade Centre

   
  NATIONAL SITES & T@H FOCAL POINTS
 

Burkina Faso

Mali

Mozambique

Senegal

Maison de l'Entreprise du Burkina Faso - MEBF

Chambre de Commerce et de l'Industrie du Mali - CCIM

Instituto para a Promoção de Exportaçes (Mozambique) - IPEX

Agence Sénégalaise de Promotion des Exportations - ASEPEX

 

   
   
Supported by:      
 
 
 
 

cbi

sida

 

 

NEWS

Read what the Trade at Hand team is currently setting up, to enhance Ugandan cut flower exporters' competitiveness.

 

Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal market price collecting institutions to organize trainings on the new Trade at Hand mCollect solution.

Selected cut-flower exporters from Uganda will track their flower temperature from farm to Aalsmeer market in Holland. Aim: improving flower quality & increase farmers' income.


Trade at hand for Liberia's market women

Read how ITC is providing a new kind of virtual marketplace: A Mobile Marketplace to link rural fruit and vegetables producers with market women from Liberia.


EVENTS


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Mobile Life Conference, 2-4 Sept., Barcelona, Spain

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UN-GAID Global Forum 2009, 2-4 Sept., Monterrey, Mexico

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Mobile Web Africa, 13-14 Oct., Johanesburg, South Africa

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ITU Telecom World 2009, 5-9 Oct., Geneva, Switzerland

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Mobile Asia Congress, 18-19 Nov., Hong Kong

 

PRESS RELEASES/MEDIA


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ITC Lends ‘Mobile’ Hand to Liberian Market Women

 

RESOURCE LINKS

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W3C Mobile Web for Social Development (MW4D)

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International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Statistics

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Open Mobile Consortium (OMC)

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UNICEF innovation

 

 

 

 

 

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