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    Taking Off with Trade


    International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2007, © International Trade Centre

    September marks the midway point in a worldwide effort to "Make Poverty History" - the aim of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN-led initiative to reduce poverty by 2015. We need to step up the pace to meet these goals. Building the capacity to trade in competitive international markets can make a difference.

    ITC has been listening to its networks over the past year to understand the challenges, and find innovative solutions, to create sustainable jobs through trade. Articles below capture a range of these views, successes and concerns.

    Our networks speak of the potential of South-South trade; the critical role of women entrepreneurs; new initiatives to link poor communities to export markets; how to bring business voices to top policy circles; and the need for pragmatic, yet strategic partnerships.

    We have drawn from ITC's most important events: the Joint Advisory Group meeting, the World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations and the World Export Development Forum. We've listened to heads of business (large and small), leaders of national trade promotion bodies, chambers of commerce, heads of international organizations, non-governmental organizations dealing with trade, women's groups and more.

    Taken as a whole, the issue offers a range of views to make trade work for development. If we want market access and economic growth to translate into lower rates of poverty - which is not always the case - we have to connect decision-makers in different circles. We encourage you, our magazine readers, who come from many different walks of life, to take up this challenge - and to let us know how we can work with you along the way.