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    Joint advisory group meeting


    International Trade Forum - Issue 4/2009

    At the ITC's Joint Advisory Group (JAG) meeting in December, ITC's members have endorsed the organization's Consolidated Programme Document for 2010 and its Strategic Plan for the next four years.

    Many delegates stressed the importance of ITC's interventions, in the current economic climate, which focus on support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the private sector of the world's poorest countries, in an effort to integrate them into regional and global trading systems in keeping with the Aid for Trade agenda.

    In his address to the conference, Director-General of WTO, Pascal Lamy, stated, "Our cooperation on Aid for Trade continues and I am encouraged by the energy with which the ITC has engaged our discussions on enhancing the private sector role in this initiative." He noted that as a demonstration of their strong support, WTO members have approved increases in their contribution to the ITC's budgets for 2010 and 2011.

    Petko Draganov, the Deputy Secretary- General of UNCTAD, stated, "ITC plays a strong role in supporting the private sector in developing countries to respond to new market opportunities and develop business capacities".

    ITC's Executive Director Patricia R. Francis said the essential ingredients for market success and maintaining competitiveness were long-term strategic planning, the agility to respond to change and embrace innovation, and the establishment of regional, intra-regional and public-private partnerships, which will lead to sustainable development.