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    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 4/2006

    Trade Forum online readers can use a comments feature to send reactions to specific articles, contact authors or share information on related topics or events they are organizing.

    We set up the comments feature as part of our commitment to make the magazine a true "forum" for exchange, using the technological possibilities of the Internet to bring new voices into the debate.

    Between 100,000 and 200,000 people from all over the world visit the site every month, looking for news and analysis of trade development issues. By posting a comment on an issue that interests you, you can tap into this broad network of trade development professionals, academics and government and business leaders.

    We expected to hear from you about articles featured on the home page, such as fair trade or advocacy for trade talks. We found that readers are also consulting and commenting on earlier stories, from silk markets to new ways to help poor communities through trade.

    Sample comments from July-October 2006:

    Good Governance Opens New Doors to Advocacy (issue 1/2006)

    "I really cannot agree with Mr Kostecki (that the type of government does not matter to successful business advocacy for trade talks). It does matter, as the main criteria of good governance are how the voice of the people is heard; the existence of formal mechanisms for public-private dialogue and partnership; and commitment to those mechanisms among policy-makers. Advocacy therefore requires real democratic governance, not an authoritarian or centralized governance structure, which in a majority of cases is not open or fair, and which is very much non-inclusive […]."

    Sambuu Demberel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Fair Trade as a Business Model (issue 2/2006)

    "[…] More than 90% of fair trade products are exported to industrialized countries, but you can't buy those products in the region from which they come. […M]ost fair trade retailers don't invest money in new packaging technology for small-scale producers. A producer/processor of a fair trade product, for example in El Salvador, can't sell his product locally because he doesn't even have a simple packing machine..."

    Frank Baez, Public Information Officer, Sustainable Development Organization

    Coffee Growers Discover That Quality Pays (issue 4/2004)

    "The commercialization of specialty coffees and the Cup of Excellence are important channels to sell coffee at remunerative prices. However, there is an unfair income distribution in the sense that what the coffee grower does is considered to have a minimum value… Roasting coffee and selling it to consumers as a beverage multiplies the price five to ten times. [...] Developing countries have to reach the final consumers with processed products and diversify their manufactures and services with updated technology. Trade as it is now gives the advantage to the most technologically advanced countries."

    Manuel Gilberto Rosas

    Women's Business Association Encourages Exporters in Cameroon (issue 4/2003)

    "Congratulations, ladies, on your courage and strength in dealing with daily problems. I think you should communicate more with the media to develop your image and your activities, and therefore play a larger role in the world economy."


    New Jobs for Poor Communities through Trade (issue 1/2006)

    "Our institution is leading an export promotion programme in the south of Peru. We are facing the huge challenge of identifying innovative ideas to promote development through exports and employment generation. We would like to know more about ITC's study on '170 jobs in a very poor area'."

    Eva Cornejo, Instituto Prosur, Arequipa, Peru

    [ITC officials gave Ms Cornejo information about the Export-led Poverty Reduction Programme. - Ed.]

    Romania: Fashioning a Bright Future (issue 4/2004)

    "I'd like to bring to your attention a new sub-site from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (International Organisation of French-speaking Communities) prior to the Summit which will be held in Romania. It may be of interest for us web users to share it on your resource page: http://www.francophonie.org or http://bucarest.francophonie.org "


    Silk: A Tradtion with a Future? (issue 1/1999)

    "I am an industrial designer currently working on a project on the eco-production of silk. If you have information to share, in return we could share results."

    Victor Castellanos, Bogota, Colombia

    Tiviski, Mauritania: Creating a Niche in Camel Milk and Cheese (issue 3/2001)

    "Congratulations to Mrs Arahamane for her valuable social and entrepreneurial efforts. It is an example to follow."


    Mumbai (Bombay), India: Converting Waste into Energy is Commercially Viable (issue 2/2001)

    "How do they transform packaging such as plastics into fuel?"

    Emmanuelle Ibanez

    In Figures - Understanding the Chinese Advantage (issue 3/2005)

    "[…It] is a difficult time for most Chinese manufacturers and exporters. The quota is a large problem. Maybe many workers will be out of work. Meanwhile most factories are looking for new ways to meet the difficulty, e.g. improving designs and not just producing original equipment manufactures (OEM) to order."

    May Yao

    Building Business Competitiveness (issue 2/2004)

    "This is a good report providing insight on changes in business due to globalization and focusing on coherent competitiveness strategy."

    Hitendra Arya

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    Editing: Prema de Sousa
    Research: Marija Stefanovic