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    Trade Map Malawi and MITC Trade Information Portal to serve as trade-intelligence hubs for Malawi business community

    ITC Executive Director Arancha González meets with speakers of the ITC-organized panel discussion on ‘SMEs thubn

    For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to become globally competitive, they must adopt and adapt new knowledge to create innovative products and services, said panellists at a discussion organized by the International Trade...

    Lamolle training

    Entrepreneurs learn to use ITC’s market analysis tools to screen market opportunities

    More data added to Standards Map

    Data from four major organizations has been included the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Standards Map, providing users of the web platform with even greater access to standards, codes and sustainability framework systems. The initiatives that have...


    ‘Sustainable Sourcing of Agricultural Raw Materials – a practitioner’s guide’ is being launched in London today...

    EU funds for ITC

    ITC's online market analysis tools will in 2013 continue to be free for users in developing and least developed countries, thanks to financial support from the European Commission...


    Future opportunities for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) trade growth exist both within the region and in new emerging markets. Diversification to markets within the region in particular offer the best prospects for moving up the value chain to reduce dependence on commodities, while emerging markets, particularly in Asia, also offer high growth potential to offset stagnation in traditional markets.


    This autumn the International Trade Centre (ITC) has organized several events to ensure that growth, innovation and inclusion stay on top of the global trade and development agenda.At the World Export Development Forum 2012 (WEDF), held in Jakarta on...

    Turning challenges into opportunities

    The world we live in post the global financial crisis is undeniably a different place to the world before the crisis. Since the crisis, structural changes that had been taking place in the global economy have accelerated and been brought into clearer focus. These changes have profound implications for the way policymakers and the private sector think about global markets, the expansion of international trade and the diversification of export markets.


    How can developing countries best access the European Union (EU) market? A good starting point is the European Commission’s Export Helpdesk, which provides a free online service covering all import rules in force in the EU on a product-by-product and country-by-country basis.


    During the past decades bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have led to a reduction in tariff-related barriers to global trade. But during the same period the world has experienced a steady rise in the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs).


    ITC has redeveloped the Market Access Map analysis tool, making market entry costs and rules more transparent


    ITC adds company data from more than 60 countries to Trade Map, improving the ability of companies to identify trading partners across the world.


    Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exporting from developing countries suffer the brunt of complying with market access conditions.To make market entry rules more transparent, ITC has redeveloped its online analysis tool Market Access Map, available as 30 June 2012. Users in developing countries and territories can use the tool at no cost...   


    Development as a global objective for improving the economic well-being of ordinary people is a relatively recent concept. It was first embodied in the Charter of the United Nations with: ’the United Nations shall promote higher standards of living,...


    When countries convene at this year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, both the venue, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the overall objective of the conference, sustainable  development, will be the same as 20 years ago at the...


    Despite turmoil in the global economy, global foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 17% in 2011 to US$ 1.5 trillion. This sum surpassed average global FDI before the 2008 financial crisis. However, the fragility of the world economy will have an impact...


    Developing business in commodities such as coffee or tea or in fresh fruit and vegetables represents great potential for growth and employment in Africa. The challenge for these sectors lies in effective and efficient exporting to the right markets....


    The resurgence of high food prices in 2010 awakened fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 food crisis, threatening increasing food insecurity, rampant food price inflation and civil unrest. While, fortunately, the worst fears have not materialized generally,...


    Through its Trade, Climate Change and Environment Programme (TCCEP), ITC is strengthening the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and trade support institutions (TSIs) in agri-environmental sectors in developing countries....


    Tunisia has a flourishing agri-food products industry, with a growing reputation for quality. Some 10.8% of the labour force was employed in agriculture in 2010, contributing to the fight against unemployment and sustaining livelihoods. Accessing...


    Following a difficult period that recast much of the travel & tourism (T&T) ind­­ustry’s landscape, the sector is slow­­ly recovering from the economic downturn, with emerging market economies leading the way and advanced economies,...

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    For many years Colombian Coffee has being recognized as one of the most important coffee producers in the world. In response to changes in the global coffee market, the Colombian Coffee Growers’ Federation has successfully adapted its supply chain...


    The long-term impact of the changing trade landscape on global value chains is being shaped by changes in standards regimes, exchange rates, investment flows and other key determinants such as climate change. While trading with fast-growing emerging...


    Things seem subdued, if not pessimistic, in the world of trade. While the heated talk of global currency wars has cooled to some extent, major imbalances remain. The success of the Doha Round is still not assured. And although protectionist pressures...


    A new ITC report on market access, transparency and fairness in global trade concludes that ‘market access begins at home’. It argues that further reducing barriers to trade between developing countries needs to be an essential part of the way forward...