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  • Inclusiveness and sustainability in global trade

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  • ISSUE 01/2012

    Trade liberalization, environmental protection and socially inclusive development need not be at cross purposes. They can be mutually supportive. At ITC, our programmes begin with the assumption that win-win-win scenarios are achievable. Carefully designed export strategies can harness the power of commerce in socially and environmentally beneficial ways.

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  • 01.04.2012

    The world is still reeling from the worst recession since the Great Depression and the path to sustainable economic growth continues to be elusive. The tentative recovery remains fragile, particularly in developed countries where high levels of indebtedness...

    01.04.2012

    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...

    01.04.2012

    Citizens around the world have lost confidence, understandably, in the ‘quarterly capitalism’ model that requires businesses to be managed exclusively for short-term shareholder value. At Unilever, the lesson we have learned is that business is part...

    01.04.2012

    Many small and developing countries have a rich cultural heritage and a living tradition of craftsmanship that their populations can draw on when creating artisanal products that will appeal to buyers abroad. Growing commercialization of the arts has...

    01.04.2012

    The principal goal of Turkey’s foreign policy is to secure and nurture a peaceful, prosperous, stable and cooperative environment that is conducive to human development both locally and globally. To this end, and in support of global efforts aimed at...

    01.04.2012

    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...

    01.04.2012

    As the world recovers from the economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial crisis, it has become clear that industrial development models created in the past are increasingly unsustainable, both economically and environmentally. Economic progress...

    01.04.2012

    Export opportunities in global markets can spur growth and create jobs, but these opportunities are only sustainable if consideration is given to the environmental and social dimensions of trade development and the relationship between these and competitiveness....

    01.04.2012

    The poor are more vulnerable to risks and economic shocks than the rest of the population. They are also the least able to cope when a crisis occurs. Development efforts tend to focus on strategies to boost incomes, build assets and create jobs, but...

    01.04.2012

    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,...

    01.04.2012

    ‘The private sector is not thinking regionally’ is an echo I often hear in government circles charged with the responsibility of promoting intra-African trade. Basking in the comfort of supplying domestic markets, private businesses fear competition...

    01.04.2012

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has a mandate to foster social and economic development and reduce poverty in its regional member countries. For many years, it has supported private sector development operations that seek to improve business-enabling...

    01.04.2012

    Estelle Ahoyo is the chief executive officer of Ets Estella & Fils, a small enterprise in Benin that is involved in the production and export of fruit and vegetables. Her company has been growing steadily since it was established two years ago. Today,...

    01.04.2012

    At a plant in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, a 20-minute ride from the city centre over potholed roads, 23-year-old Bakhtiyar Kudakeldiev works as a water bottling operator. He does not know it, but he benefits from an ITC programme...

    01.04.2012

    The experiences of countries around the world demonstrate that sound trade policies and public-private dialogue are essential to successful exporting. In Pakistan, sustainable trade expansion is hampered by a lack of training to build a cohort of well-informed...

    01.04.2012

    OECD Development Centre celebrates 50th anniversary The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Development Centre at a high-level meeting in Paris on 1 March 2012. OECD Secretary-General Angel...

    01.04.2012

    New Publications To order online visit www.intracen.org/about/e-shop Public-Private Collaboration for Export SuccessCase studies from Barbados, Ghana, India, Thailand and MalaysiaThis guide is a showcase of successful public-private dialogue in developing...