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    New Services Network


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 4/2003

    The ServiceExportNet member from Cyprus receives a certificate from ITC.

    ITC launched a new services network in December 2003 at its Geneva headquarters. "ServiceExportNet" members include representatives of 12 countries which benefited from technical assistance to promote trade in services and assist women entrepreneurs in the sector. The objectives of the network are to follow up on service exporting activities taking place in each country; to develop future strategies and workplans; to evaluate success; and to provide an ongoing networking and support venue for member countries. ITC hopes to double the size of the network each year and hold an annual meeting.

    At the launch, participants reported on recent initiatives in their countries, including media focus on the importance of service exports and new activities to train potential new exporters. In all countries, there is a great deal more awareness of the service sector and the contribution of exports to job creation and development. ServiceExportNet is a dynamic new addition to ITC's technical assistance programme to promote trade in services, which was rolled out last year.

    For more information, contact Doreen Conrad, Head of ITC's Trade in Services Unit, at conrad@intracen.org