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    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2005

    Photo: Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency

    Behind TradeTrade Forum's new look is a new approach to reporting on trade development issues. The approach builds on your feedback to our 40th anniversary publications.

    We sum up our new emphasis in three words: advocacy, development and topicality. We continue to bring ITC's message of challenge - to bridge the gap between rich and poor - and of hope - to build on trade development practices that work and take action on a broader scale. Because our readers are diverse, and trade-related disciplines are many and complex, in our reporting we touch on the links between trade development and the current events or societal trends that matter to us all.

    With the spotlight on trade as a means to development, the articles below cover some important issues for developing countries, including training in WTO issues, the potential of services exports, and whether trade development assistance is effective.

    In this issue, find special reports on:

    • Textiles and Clothing: What's the Cost for LDCs?
    • Do TPOs Boost Exports?


    This issue presents the case for national trade promotion organizations (TPOs), with useful models from award-winning agencies, an overview of how TPOs have changed to meet new business needs and expert views on the important place of these institutions in national trade development.

    We also include a special report on textiles and clothing. With the end of 30 years of quotas in textiles and clothing trade, least developed countries are feeling the pinch: garment exports have been a major source of revenue for many. We take a closer look at the impact of the change and offer recommendations to businesses and governments on how to remain competitive in a tough sector that is increasingly consolidated.

    We continue our "portraits of trade development" with a look at training under way in Africa to understand WTO-related issues, by UNCTAD, WTO and ITC.

    The news section reports on working with partners in post-tsunami reconstruction, addressing the explosive growth in exporting of services, encouraging new approaches to handle business disputes across borders and updates on ITC events, trade bulletins, web sites and books.

    "In with the new" does not mean "out with the old". We'll continue the magazine's 40-year tradition of business-like, practical "news you can use." But how we deliver it will be different. Look more to our web site to complement the print version. In addition to Forum articles (available in three languages from 1999), we showcase web sites of partner organizations, create new collections of articles by theme (see the latest collections on TPOs and on textiles and clothing) and bring you our selection of sites on major trade topics.

    Forum magazine's web traffic has nearly doubled since our anniversary publications were launched, and some of you now feature us on your own sites as a valuable trade development publication. We thank you for your confidence, and are making every effort to reflect your interests in the new Forum magazine.

    Natalie Domeisen