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    An example of trade facilitation in action shows how onion farmers added US$ 2.25 million to their income and lowered their dependence on imports...

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    If you pay attention to the news, you’ll hear two stories about African agriculture. The first is of the drought that sears the Horn of Africa and forces tens of thousands of Somalis – now climate refugees – to pack up their belongings and families.....

    In Tunisia, the ACCESS! Programme for African Businesswomen in International Trade is paving the way for women artisans to export their products...

    Fifteen countries in Africa have joined forces to offer a single business law environment, in order to facilitate worldwide trade with businesses . OHADA - the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa - has been working since 1993 to create a unified set of laws and rules. These were issued in 1998 and 1999 and are immediately applicable...

    Women entrepreneurs benefit from targeted assistance to expand their businesses internationally through this award-winning programme...

    Burkina Faso's association for the promotion of women's groups (APGF, Association pour la Promotion des Groupements Féminins) acts as a mixture of non-governmental organization (NGO) and private enterprise...

    The global market for business services is estimated at US$ 3 trillion for 2001, or approximately 10% of global gross domestic product. Exports of business services for 2001 are projected (based on International Monetary Fund (IMF) balance of payments data) to be US$ 734 billion, or 24% of total global production...

    Six trade ministers of African countries dependent on cotton exports have called for fair play in the international trade of cotton and for rich countries to close the gap between pledges and delivery of aid to the African cotton sector while outstanding trade issues are worked out...

    Cheetah is the producer organization and subsidiary of a Netherlands-based company operating in Malawi and Zambia. The main product is paprika, supplied in dried form, for the food-ingredient industry (food colour and spice), mainly in Europe. The business has grown in six years from nothing to an annual production of 2 million kg of paprika (2% of the world market), grown by 30,000 contract farmers. By 2002, a further investment of US$ 3 million is expected to double production and increase the number of growers to 50,000...

    Cotriex started operations in January 1998, in the midst of an embargo against Burundi by neighbouring countries, with the objective of exporting agricultural and craft products to help diversify sources of foreign exchange earnings and increasing incomes in rural areas. It works with local peasant organizations in producing and processing coffee, passion fruit and similar products as well as in exporting ethnic products and craftwork. Cotriex concentrates on the logistic and quality control...

    Countries are putting priority on trade-related assistance in this new model for financing development projects, by the Millennium Challenge Corporation...

    Labil Oliva Bama was awarded a US$ 7,000 prize for the best new enterprise project when he studied at the Marseilles' development institute, a centre specializing in supporting African students in France who want to set up their own business...

    How can African countries build the expertise to promote their interests more effectively in trade talks and derive gains from the trading system? The three Geneva-based trade development organizations ­- ITC, UNCTAD and WTO­ - are working together to boost countries' abilities to play a more active role...

    Established in 1983 to manufacture and export garments, Fortuna Apparels Ltd. has grown into a major industrial group in Bangladesh, expanding from 140 sewing machines and 250 workers in a rented house to 800 machines and 2,000 workers in its own 100,000 square foot building...

    Frager, a factory dedicated to making vetiver essence, the ingredient of fine perfumes and industrial fragrances, has raised its production in ten years from 20 to 60 tonnes annually, making it the largest producer in the world. With a kilogram of vetiver selling for US$ 69, Frager has a healthy turnover of US$ 4 million. It also employs 27,000 families as contract cultivators of vetiver...

    The Galerie Indigo in Bamako, Mali, appears to be a handicrafts store. In fact, it is the outlet for a network of some 100 craft associations, cooperatives and individuals from Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali. Products selected for export include traditional textiles, Tuareg boxes, leather pouches, silver jewellery, knives, pillows, wrought iron, wood utensils and statues, and traditional jewellery from the three countries...

    ITC organized three training events in the last quarter of 2000. Each event emphasized hands-on practical experience for participants, in particular for retrieving specific business information from the web and drafting programmes for the development of trade information services...

    When ITC began researching this topic in late 1997, no information was available on services innovation in developing countries and economies in transition. ITC decided to request examples of services innovations from its partner organizations in these countries. Responses came from 26 countries, citing a total of 85 innovations. The range of countries demonstrates that much innovation is already occurring in all developmental contexts. Here are the results:..

    ID Art Mony, created in 1991, produces household linens and embroidery. Today it employs 60 full-time workers, exporting mainly to France and Switzerland, with the United States and Canada envisaged as new markets...

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

    For the third year, ITC helped information technology (IT) firms from developing countries and economies in transition to participate in the European Week of Information Technologies (SETI 2002, Paris, March 2002). This international event, regrouping 12 trade fairs for the IT industry, attracts over 145,000 professional visitors and more than 1,500 exhibitors from numerous countries...

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2001 Debriefing session with SETI 2001 participants and ITC staff. For the second time, ITC promoted IT exporters in developing countries and economies in transition at the European Week of Information Technologies (SETI 2001, Pari..

    Highlights from ITC's recent activities in quality management, featured below, provide a glimpse into ITC's trade support services to businesses and government bodies for export-related quality management issues...

    Reflecting the rapid evolution of the Internet, ITC has developed new sites with partner institutions in the past year, and expanded parts of its main site. This helps exporters, importers and trade support institutions in several ways...

    Twenty successful entrepreneurs from LDCs were invited to ITC's and the Government of Norway's Business Sector Round Table, organized at the request of UNCTAD during the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (Brussels, May 2001). The aim was to help trade development professionals who want to turn these individual successes into a more general occurrence...

    Unlike most fishing businesses in Madagascar, Manda does not belong to a multinational enterprise. It is entirely owned by Arthur and Bakoly Razakanavalona. A medium-sized company by Malagasy standards, with 1% of the estimated Madagascan fish market, it nevertheless remains competitive against big companies, handling 180 tonnes of exports with an annual turnover worth some US$600,000...

    Meskel Flowers was incorporated in 1992 as a private company, and began exporting cut flowers to European markets in 1993. The company started by selling low-value, outdoor summer flowers, but decided to switch to relatively high-value, indoor cut roses after facing crippling competition from a Kenyan exporter. It currently exports 5.5 million cut roses a year and has 500 employees. Turnover is expected to quadruple to US$ 4 million in the 2000-2001 season, and the company has plans to reach US$ 20 million in five years...

    Mobile phone use in Africa is growing fast. As computers and the Internet revolutionized business in the West, so mobile technology can help solve business problems for African exporters...

    Nonu Samoa Enterprises was formed by Mr. and Mrs. Siaosi-Tinielu in 1995 to develop and test for export the production from the nonu tree, which is indigenous to Polynesia and has long been known locally to have medicinal properties...

    by Jean-François BourqueThe success of an organization that is harmonizing business laws in Africa is a model for the rest of the world...

    Under its chairman and managing director, Musa Meah, SAR took the risky decision in the second half of the 1990s of making a high investment in modern machinery and equipment to process ready-packed shrimp products instead of simply supplying block-frozen shrimp from Bangladesh...

    ARGENTINA (Córdoba): Artesanías - Feria Internacional de Artesanías: Ceramic, leather, wood, metal, stone, textile, glass and paper items, musical instruments. Date/length: ten days in March/April (tel. +54-351 4810759, fax 4890023)...

    The textile sector represents around 25% of LDCs' total exports. Bangladesh alone accounts for more than 75% of textile exports, to the value of US$ 4 billion...

    The Coconut Residence is a five-star luxury hotel at Kololi, The Gambia, with 18 suites, 24-hour room service, conference facilities, two swimming pools and two en-suite pools. For the maximum of 36 guests, there are 150 staff. Gambian-born Farid Bensouda, one of the enterprise's two proprietors, bought the land on which the Coconut stands about 15 years ago with the aim of investing in the tourism sector. But he waited for the right product and only decided on a luxury hotel in 1995. The investment was originally meant for the Caribbean but was attracted to The Gambia partly because of the investment climate and partly because of Mr.Bensouda's vision...

    As more and more small and medium-sized firms expand internationally, the abstract concept of a world trading system suddenly takes on a new meaning. Governments, industry associations and firms are all faced with similar questions from different perspectives. How can standards be set so that our industries remain competitive? Can tariffs be lowered abroad for products of interest to our industry?ITC has information that can point businesses, industry associations and governments in the right direction. One key source is the Business Guide to the World Trading System, published in late 1999 by ITC and the Commonwealth Secretariat. This article, adapted from excerpts of the Business Guide, analyses why the WTO Agreements attract increasing interest and outlines the benefits for business...

    British-born engineer Nancy Abeid Arahamane realized that although Mauritania had a lot of milk-producing animals, it imported enormous quantities of milk to meet domestic demand. So she started a company to redress the disparity. The Nouakchott-based company, Tiviski, officially Laitière de Mauritanie, began in 1989 by producing products from camel milk. It has since branched out into cow- and goat-milk products. It now has a line of 14 products and produces 13,000 litres of milk a day. Since 1993, sales have tripled...

    This section provides an overview of exporters' main questions, ordering information for national versions and steps needed to develop a national version where it is not available...

    Ugandan firms have begun to identify new export markets using Uganda TradeMap, launched in July 2002. The Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) is offering this new market analysis service to Ugandan firms and trade support institutions through a partnership with ITC...