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  • ISSUE 4 - 2012
    A platform for market intelligence

    Accessing the European Union market is similar to walking into a labyrinth, but market intelligence from CBI, the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, an agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, offers a roadmap to keep developing country exporters on course...

    As a small business owner in the United States of America in the late 1990s, I faced an unexpected but all too common challenge – I had no voice in public policy decisions. Not only were public policy issues and messages unclear, critical decisions were also being made and I had no part in the discussion. Who spoke for me? Who advocated for me?..

    Future opportunities for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) trade growth exist both within the region and in new emerging markets. Diversification to markets within the region in particular offer the best prospects for moving up the value chain to reduce dependence on commodities, while emerging markets, particularly in Asia, also offer high growth potential to offset stagnation in traditional markets...

    Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) are expected to produce high-value outcomes, include all sectors of the economy, deliver on corporate social responsibility policies and meet key performance indicators...

    Creating networks to empower women

    In recent years, calls for accountability, fairness and openness have galvanized disruptive movements and thinking. From political activism in Tahrir Square to the economic advocacy of the Occupy Movement, the status quo is increasingly challenged and traditional ways of doing business, approaching development and exercising diplomacy are struggling to keep pace with the evolving and complex effects of globalization...

    The Mauritius Commercial Bank produces part of its energy with solar panels.  © The Mauritius Commercial Bank

    Mauritius conjures up images of an idyllic island in the middle of the ocean, with sandy beaches, translucent lagoons, beautiful fauna and flora, and hospitable people. While these characteristics remain part of the Mauritian way of life, the island has undergone phenomenal change since it gained independence in 1968...

    Women are the backbone of society. They provide for families and societies, and in doing so create shared core values. Women are also reliable vendors, which means sourcing from women vendors is good for business, good for families and good for societies, an excellent win-win-win equation. In practice, however, the equation is not that simple...

    Full Circle Exchange is a social enterprise dedicated to lifting women out of poverty by helping them grasp sustainable economic opportunities. The aim is to create jobs and improve income through access to education, job skills and global markets. The reality is a diversity of innovative projects resulting from last year’s Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum in Chongqing, China and this year’s exhibition and forum in Mexico City in November...

    Norway requires that its partners in development cooperation, whether they are governments, international institutions or NGOs, demonstrate that they take women and gender equality seriously. A clear priority in Norway’s Aid for Trade Action Plan is to promote the economic position of women...

    This autumn the International Trade Centre (ITC) has organized several events to ensure that growth, innovation and inclusion stay on top of the global trade and development agenda.At the World Export Development Forum 2012 (WEDF), held in Jakarta on.....

    The Global Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF) helps women entrepreneurs create new business contacts and develop revenue-making opportunities for their companies, but who are the attendees and what stories do they have to tell about their business experience and views on women in business?..

    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers..

    Indonesia's President Yodhoyono officially opens WEDF 2012.

    Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, opened the 13th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Jakarta by urging the 500 participating policymakers, business leaders and trade support institution representatives to ensure that businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), benefit from greater links between growth markets and the rest of the world...

    OECD forecasts a shift in the balance of economic powerThe balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next 50 years as fast-growing emerging market economies account for an ever increasing share of global output. According to.....

    Realizing the potential of women vendors

    Governments worldwide spend US$ 11 trillion a year on procurement, yet only an estimated 1% of procurement contracts are won by women.1 Increasing that 1% by linking more women-owned businesses into global value chains was the goal of two events held under the auspices of the Global Platform for Sourcing from Women Vendors in Mexico City on 5 to 7 November 2012...

    Topara Farm was set up in Peru over 40 years ago by visionary farmer Klaus Bederski Lehmann. Located on formerly abandoned farmland in Topara Valley, 200 kilometres south of Lima, today it is a beautiful oasis in arid Peruvian desert land and a flourishing organic farming enterprise supported by an ingenuous irrigation system that collects, stores and distributes water from underground wells, river springs and seasonal river waters...

    Women entrepreneurs across Africa are generating employment and adding value to exports in innovative ways, yet they face a host of challenges, such as limited access to export training, market information and finance, in addition to other barriers women face in the business environment...

    The positive influence of telecommunication services on the growth and development of a country is undisputed. A large pool of statistics from organizations including the World Bank, Deloitte and Booze & Company demonstrates strong links between the growth in mobile and broadband penetration, labour productivity and a country’s GDP...

    The power of diversity

    Women-owned businesses are doing well. There are over 8 million in the United States of America generating US$ 1.2 trillion in revenue through the hard work of almost 8 million employees, according to the 2012 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express Open, a business service and forum that provides networking for small business owners. ..

    Participants at this year's TPO Network World Conference in October in Kuala Lumpur. © ITC

    The 2012 Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Network World Conference and Awards brought together more than 200 participants from 65 countries to address the topic of how to transform TPO business through innovation...

    Trade facilitation  enhancing interregional and intraregional trade

    The Government of Jamaica has reaffirmed that export-led growth is critical to the country’s economic survival. In this age of hyper-globalization, improving the integration of Jamaican goods and services into the global value chain is the primary means of achieving sustainable long-term economic growth...

    Turning challenges into opportunities

    The world we live in post the global financial crisis is undeniably a different place to the world before the crisis. Since the crisis, structural changes that had been taking place in the global economy have accelerated and been brought into clearer focus. These changes have profound implications for the way policymakers and the private sector think about global markets, the expansion of international trade and the diversification of export markets...