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ITC's 50th anniversary - Staff remembers

    • Robert Smith-Gillespie

      1 July 2014 - By Robert Smith-Gillespie, Former Chief of ITC's Section on International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management and Member, Advisory Board of ITC's MLS-SCM Programme
      Buying into Competitiveness
      Effective, efficient purchasing and supply chain management are key drivers of competitiveness and export performance. ITC’s modular training initiative, Buying into Competitiveness, aims to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises to develop skills in this increasingly critical area.

      In 2000, under this initiative ITC rolled out its Modular Learning System in International Purchasing and Supply Management (MLS-IPSM) covering all stages of the purchasing and supply process from identifying and planning requirements to evaluating performance...

    • Raju Makil.

      15 Apr. 2014 - By Raju Makil, Acting Executive Director (1992-1994)
      ITC: The first thirty years
      ITC’s growth during its first thirty years was phenomenal. When the GATT created ITC in 1964, it had four staff members and a total annual budget of US$ 50,000. By the time ITC was established as the joint body of UNCTAD and the GATT in 1968, its total budget increased to about a million dollars.

      Thirty years later, the resources at the disposal of ITC amounted to almost $58 million, with a staff of 385 at headquarters and in the field. In addition, the organization recruited consultants for about 700 assignments in some 300 projects covering all developing regions. The lion’s share of the increase in resources came from extra-budgetary funds put at its disposal for technical cooperation activities. The striking increase in resources was a testimony to the relevance and usefulness of ITC’s programmes and activities...

    • JITAP,

      16 Apr. 2014 - By Abdelkim Ben Fadhl, Programme Coordinator (ITC, 1982 - 2008)
      Joint Technical Assistance Programme: an effective answer to trade-related capacity building
      One of ITC’s main technical assistance initiatives in the mid-nineties was the Joint Technical Assistance Programme (JITAP), a US$ 28 million-initiative that assisted 16 countries over a decade. The inception of JITAP was a response to the African Trade Ministers’ conference held in Tunis in 1996 that requested intense technical assistance from developing partners, to help African countries and their institutions and business communities (i) to better understand the WTO agreements, (ii) to more efficiently participate in the upcoming trade negotiations; (iii) to adapt to the legal exigencies of the emerging Multilateral Trading System, and (iv) to effectively reap due benefits from the then expected liberalization of international markets...

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