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    Traditionally, ginger has been the major spice export from Ethiopia. It exported over US$24 million worth of ginger in 2011 with numerous farmers dedicating their efforts to ginger production. However, following the outbreak of bacterial wilt, a plant.....

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    From courses in car mechanics to media training,refugees are preparing themselves for life beyond the camps..

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    Why providing economic activities for displaced people brings backdignity and builds bridges with host communities..

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    Industrial giant Siemens offers migrants skill-building opportunities andorientation to ease their integration into the German labour market..

    How improving garment workers’ jobs leads to better development8

    Upholding compliance with labour standards in the garment industry means safer and better jobs, writes Dan Rees...

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    This year is an important one for the global agenda on women’s economic empowerment: 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the defining policy framework and call to action to advance gender equality and.....

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    Trade – and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises – must be given a more prominent role the post-2015 development agenda, writes Arancha González...

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    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent the 95% of the global economy and are a core engine of growth in developing nations...

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    Export-led growth needs to be supplemented by complementary measures and policies, not least by social protection and employment policies to make trade and investment more inclusive, writes UNESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar...

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    ITC advocates for a stronger focus on SME competitiveness in the post-2015 development agenda, with a particular focus on the three Es: entrepreneurship for employment and economic growth, while ensuring that inequalities are addressed...

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    1964: United States President Johnson signs Economic Opportunity Act.1969: First man lands on the moon1970: 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources1973: First portable cell phone call made in New York City.1974: Population doubles.....

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    Upcoming ITC events15-17 SeptemberITC in cooperation with Rwanda Development Board hosts the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) and Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF), Kigali, Rwanda4-5 NovemberITC in cooperation with Dubai Export hosts 10th.....

    Anniversary greetings from ITC's partners

    Ban Ki-moon, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Francis Gurry, Guy Ryder, and Li Yong congratulates ITC on its 50th anniversary..

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    Former ITC Executive Director Patricia Francis says its entrepreneurial response is one reason that makes ITC a special organization..

    Harnessing the spirit of global trade

    The Bali package on trade facilitation showed what the WTO can do. Now we have to repeat that, writes WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah..

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    Methods by which the A4T regime can create opportunities for increased export services from developing and least-developed nations that might not otherwise be able to join, and benefit from, global value chains...

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    Using new technologies in developing countries can open up trade at home and abroad for small and medium-sized enterprises – and diversify national economies...

    A strategy to support development  in the Pacific

    Outlining the challenges and potential for increased trade for Pacific economies...

    This is my first message to the readers of this magazine since my appointment to the position of Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in September 2013. International Trade Forum is an excellent resource for those with an interest.....

    Benefitting from better aid for trade flows

    Enabling Asia’s most challenged economies to make the most of trade opportunities...

    Increased growth through regional integration

    Maintaining the momentum on making trade work for regional growth and development...

    Delivering growth through aid for trade

    WTO’s Director-General looks at the achievements of Aid for Trade to date and the challenges that lie ahead...

    Norway requires that its partners in development cooperation, whether they are governments, international institutions or NGOs, demonstrate that they take women and gender equality seriously. A clear priority in Norway’s Aid for Trade Action Plan is to promote the economic position of women...

    If you are in the business of poverty reduction, you have to believe in free trade. Trade is the engine of economic growth. It creates the wealth needed to build more schools, develop more health facilities and provide safe drinking water. The Government.....

    The principal goal of Turkey’s foreign policy is to secure and nurture a peaceful, prosperous, stable and cooperative environment that is conducive to human development both locally and globally. To this end, and in support of global efforts aimed at.....

    As the world recovers from the economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial crisis, it has become clear that industrial development models created in the past are increasingly unsustainable, both economically and environmentally. Economic progress.....

    In June, world leaders will meet in Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The conference aims to renew political commitment to sustainable development, assess progress on the implementation of agreements and outcomes of past.....

    Enhancing companies’ ability to trade is a key element of national development agendas. In recent years, Aid for Trade has become the main vehicle for such investment in developing economies. Aid for Trade provides a platform for governments to achieve.....

    The private sector is a key partner in fostering economic development through investments in new businesses, creating jobs and providing an innovative range of goods and services. All these activities have potential benefits for the least developed and.....

    The Third Global Review of Aid for Trade was a successful exploration and examination of the successes and challenges of the six-year Aid for Trade initiative. Initiated to aid developing countries in expanding their supply-side and productive capacity.....

    Just 100,000 people live within the Republic of Kiribati’s 3.5 million square kilometre territory in the South Pacific. Kiribati is one of the most remote countries in the world, thousands of kilometres from major ports such as Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo......

    The story of Art Atlas Peru is proof that shrewd business and a commitment to social welfare can go hand in hand. Art Atlas Peru is an ecological and socially driven enterprise that produces sweaters and cardigans from the highest quality natural fibres,.....

    It has taken several centuries for laws to change in ways that support women’s equal right to lead countries and corporations – to the benefit of the global economy...

    Building the capacity to participate in global trade is becoming increasingly critical for economic growth in developing countries. This is not a task with a clear start and end; it is a process that has to be set in motion with small initiatives. One.....

    ITC’s Cotton Development Initiative uses South-South cooperation to make Africa a stronger competitor in the international cotton trade. It has two major focus areas: facilitating learning and collaboration with countries that have successfully built.....

    Cotton is one success of Zambia’s turn towards a market economy and offers a powerful tool for poverty reduction. Until recently, the industry had been dominated by the foreign-owned private sector that dictated prices and marketing arrangements for.....

    The potential of the private sector to reduce poverty is well recognized; however, this has not been evident in the fashion industry. Fashion is one of the most globalized sectors, providing employment to more than 60 million people, mainly women and.....

    According to a recent inter-agency report, about 16% of the world’s population is chronically undernourished. Aid for Trade is making a contribution to addressing the problem, but much more needs to be done to coordinate policy approaches that will.....

    The famine in the Horn of Africa has shed light not only on the scale of the human disaster, but the urgent need for long-term agricultural policy reform and an overhaul of the global food aid system. Tonight, some 1 billion people will go to.....

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    Somalia is facing one of the worst food crises the world has seen in 60 years. The scale of the humanitarian disaster provides an ominous backdrop to this issue of International Trade Forum as we focus on food security, agriculture and trade development......

    Developing countries that create an institutional environment that is favourable to economic and technological change tend to benefit most from the effects of international trade liberalization.1 In contrast, countries that primarily.....

    The 11th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) held in Chongqing, China on 9–12 September highlighted renewed optimism and commitment to the export-led growth model and the necessity for trade, with a need to rethink strategies.....

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    With the need for countries to see job creation and the regeneration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it is increasingly necessary for TSIs to focus on better positioning companies within global supply and production chains through capacity building.....

    In A Case for Climate Neutrality:Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low-Carbon Economy, participants of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) shared the challenges, rewards and occasional frustrations involved in pushing the boundaries on climate change...

    The International Coffee Organization considers that climate change will be one of the most important factors affecting future global coffee production, with smallholders the most vulnerable group...

    Science has delivered a grim message. Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 90 per cent in the next 30 years or risk catastrophic climate change. The private sector and governments are taking their own initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of consumption. This has important implications for developing country exporters...

    In East Africa, an ITC Ethical Fashion project is demonstrating that international quality and standards can be met, even in the most remote and impoverished communities...

    In the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, a project run by myclimate, a Swiss non-governmental organization, is creating new jobs and income opportunities, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through new technology...

    Developed countries bound by emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and expecting even stricter emissions targets, have begun to introduce cap-and-trade and carbon tax systems. These raise production costs and undermine competitiveness. Producers from developed countries may relocate their production to countries with no carbon restrictions. To prevent job losses in their countries and an increase of emissions elsewhere ("carbon leakage"), developed countries may use border adjustment measures (BAMs) aimed at adjusting emissions costs and restoring a level playing field for domestic producers. Carbon import restrictions can also act as an incentive for producers from uncapped countries to cut emissions...

    What are the objectives of eco-packaging initiatives? From an environmental standpoint, eco-packaging avoids depletion of non-renewable resources, minimizes wastage and usage of raw materials, reduces pollution and energy consumption and, consequently, global warming and climate changes resulting from fossil fuel usage...

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