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  • ISSUE 1/2006

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  • A new trade democracy? Perhaps not yet, but signs of change are there.A short time ago, people saw trade policy as a matter for economists outlining trade scenarios, government officials negotiating behind closed doors or business lobbies in Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other cities.

    In 2006, ITC's Executive Forum is working with its network to organize its annual global debate on strategic approaches to enhance competitiveness and export performance.

    An external evaluation recommends steps to build on ITC's comparative advantage as a provider of trade-related technical assistance.Donors and beneficiaries welcomed the outcome of a two-year external evaluation of ITC at an informal meeting of its Joint Advisory Group in November 2005.

    The challenge to building business advocacy is to develop business-government dialogue, but also to bring in small firms, the informal sector and other parts of society.

    For a model of good governance in trade policy, "make it open, make it fair. And make it inclusive", says Michel Kostecki.

    It's not all plain sailing, but the WTO system can be made to work for everyone, say four new books.

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 © WTO We need to address the "double face" of globalization and work towards sustainable economic and social development for all people. More and more people demand that we "humanize" globalization. In rich and poor co

    We need to address the "double face" of globalization and work towards sustainable economic and social development for all people.

    ITC, with financial support from Denmark, is seeking to improve the competitiveness of African cotton exports, especially to Asia.

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 © Bianco ITC's annual meeting in 2005. ITC holds its annual meeting, the Joint Advisory Group, from 24 to 28 April 2006. Special presentations this year will focus on the link between trade and poverty reduction - see ITC's l

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 © ITC/L. Cassaro In February 2006, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, visited ITC with Pascal Lamy, WTO's Director General. Together with senior staff, they reviewed ITC's experience wi

    Sixteen African countries relate their experiences during the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial meeting.

    Patricia Francis takes over as Executive Director of ITC in June 2006, with Stephen Browne as the Deputy Executive Director.

    The multilateral trading system is the surest way to build up the global production systems from which more countries and firms can benefit.

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 Get Connected: E-applications in the textile and clothing sector 166 pages . Study focusing on how developing country producers could successfully apply new e-applications and secure post-quota exports in light of the changing nature o

    Get Connected: E-applications in the textile and clothing sector166 pages. Study focusing on how developing country producers could successfully apply new e-applications and secure post-quota exports in light of the changing nature of textile and clothing business after January 2005 (when quotas were phased out). Elaborates principles to guide exporters in adopting e-applications so as to develop fruitful long-term relationships with major buyers; deals with e-applications in the European Union and the United States; presents examples of exporters in developing countries that have successfully found approaches to integrate their systems with those of customers/suppliers; includes case studies from Hong Kong (China) buying, sourcing and trading offices, and e-applications used by Singapore trading houses and manufacturers.To order online, visit ITC's e-shop at http://www.intracen.org/eshop

    "Sustainable development", "environmental protection" and "trade that works for the poor" may sound like do-gooder slogans, but three totally different projects, involving a plant native to South Africa, a fashionable resort in Brazil and organic spices in India, achieve exactly that.

    Inside stories, training resources and the background to some hands-on projects. At regular intervals during the year, one or more ITC newsletters appear online, in print or both. They all focus on trade-related technical assistance (TRTA): sometimes, they are a news resource, reporting on TRTA project events, progress and developments; at other times, they are an integral project resource, with news, information and case studies.

    For the first time, service associations in southern Africa met to discuss the potential of regional trade for their exporters.

    Developing countries can use ITC's Market Access Map to analyse market access conditions for the Doha round of trade talks.

    Business can do more to build public understanding of the benefits of the multilateral trading system.

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 © Photodisc A new balance of voices is emerging in advocacy for trade. In the area of trade policy, it ranges from small business coalitions to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media, international agencies, academics,

    The challenges and opportunities of global trade will be the theme of the 6th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations, to be held in Dubai on 13-14 November 2006.

    The articles below are available from the Trade Forum web site at http://www.tradeforum.org

    Last year, we reoriented both the print and the online versions of Trade Forum magazine to reflect our stronger focus on advocacy for trade. We wanted to know what you, our readers, thought about our new approach. Seeking a low-cost way to understand your views, we looked closely at our site statistics and at a report on who links to Trade Forum. We also launched an online reader survey.

    ITC Programmes on Trade Talks While most of ITC's work focuses on helping nations improve their ability to supply goods and services that are competitive in world markets, these programmes are designed specifically to help countries strengthen their national negotiating positions for WTO trade talks:

    For very small service firms in Uganda, forming a coalition gave them a collective voice, resources and influence with trade negotiators.