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  • Trade Forum's issue 3/1994 highlighted the milestones that had marked the first 30 years of ITC's history. The article is reprinted below.

    Despite the setbacks in Cancún, the Doha Development Agenda still offers opportunities for developing and transition economies - as this survey of the state of world trade talks makes clear.

    ITC's Executive Forum moves back to Montreux, Switzerland this year after three innovative sessions in Cancún (Mexico), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago).

    On the occasion of ITC's 40th anniversary, we'll issue a special collection of stories to show how ITC and its partners put trade to work for development. If you are from a developing or transition country and have export success stories, "best practices" or lessons learned illustrating how trade contributes to development, we want to hear from you.

    Through a partnership between ITC and Team Canada Inc., Canadian exporters and trade professionals now have access to TradeMap, a powerful strategic market research and trade development tool.

    Digital technology is a major, often unacknowledged, force in development. With the burst of the dot.com bubble behind, small firms and Asian countries are now poised to take advantage of new technologies. An overload of information, however, remains a major block to using technology for business intelligence.

    Interview by Peter Hulm As a preview to our end-of-year publication on ITC's 40th anniversary, we've turned to two ITC "historians": Jacqueline Rigoulet and Frederick J. Glover. In this interview they try to communicate what it was like to work in ITC during its early days.

    The views from the field, below, give a flavour of technical assistance projects in action over the course of 2003.

    Companies and multilateral organizations are moving against corruption in business life, bolstering national efforts to stamp out bribery.

    "Worldsourcing" - global outsourcing - is benefiting a number of developing and transition economies. It is also fundamentally changing the structure of firms.

    My organization, which subscribes to Trade Forum, delivers services to developing country producers to enhance their export skills. As part of a new training workshop we are designing on effective sales missions, we used the article "Business Negotiations: Making the First Offer" (2/2000) to help us design negotiation role plays and provide guidance on best practice. We will pilot this workshop with small businesses in Malawi and will deliver it in a variety of other c

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2004 In 2003, ITC assessed the demand and supply of trade information services in Bolivia, in close cooperation with trade support institutions in the country. It carried out two extensive surveys, including interviews with 120 exporting compani

    The World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) and ITC joined forces to offer a four-day training course in Geneva (January 2004) on "Developing Effective Trade Promotion Programmes". Attending the course at ITC headquarters were 30 senior trade development officials from the public and private sectors in 16 developing countries.

    Encouraged by the success of their first joint Workshop on Legal Protection of Craft Items (Havana, 2001), ITC and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in association with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), held a workshop during the Havana International Crafts Fair (December 2003).

    A joint evaluation of ITC has been launched. Led by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), it is receiving funding support from seven donors and is conducted under the auspices of a "core group" of countries drawn from ITC's Joint Advisory Group. The consortium implementing the evaluation is comprised of DMI Associates (France), Ticon DCA (Canada), Copenhagen DC (Denmark) and Ace Global (India).

    ITC trained trade information officers from the trade support institutions of Bolivia, Cape Verde, China, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia on managing information services in the evolving digital information environment. The seminar took place over two weeks in Geneva and London (November-December 2003).

    Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. But with support from ITC, it is helping Burundi to enter the rich global market of perfumes.

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2004 The Turkish Exporters Assembly is embarking on a two-year training project to train SME export advisers in management, exports and applying information and communications technology to trade. Applying ITC's Business Management System, the p

    This year, ITC turns 40. So does Trade Forum, which is ITC's oldest surviving service. Both ITC and its magazine have grown and changed over the years, but both have stayed true to ITC's mission: helping the business sectors of developing countries compete in a changing global marketplace.

    On 1 May 2004, ten countries will join the European Union (EU), creating the world's biggest single market. It will offer new opportunities even for those outside the EU.

    Thank you for the intellectual revelations Trade Forum has offered me. Most Africans' views on North-South relations, including trade, are anchored in the belief that colonialism was the major cause of African underdevelopment. But your publication reveals that not addressing supply-side constraints has been the major cause. Empirical evidence shows that some former colonies like India, Malaysia and Singapore are developing because of the commitment of their leadership to creating an enabling env

    ITC's PC-TAS (Trade Analysis System for Personal Computers), covering the years 1998 to 2002, is now available.

    Who is "the responsible consumer", that new and powerful figure in business school lectures and trade negotiations? Someone who buys from a firm that shows "corporate social responsibility", it seems.

    Effective public-private partnership in the information technology sector: How to enhance business and trade capacities

    The secret to success for any technical cooperation agency is to tailor its assistance programmes directly to the needs of its clients and to deliver them efficiently.

    Trade talks, fighting corruption, outsourcing, value chains, technology and EU enlargement are among the topical issues that affect the shape of trade to come.ITC has captured these trends, and their relevance to business in developing countries, in a special report from the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland.

    A revolution is looming in the world of goods and services procurement. It will fundamentally change the relationships between costs and returns.

    I take great pleasure in sending you this message on your inspiring publication, ITC's Trade Forum magazine on "Women in the Glo