International Trade Forum

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The International Trade Forum is the magazine of the International Trade Centre (ITC). It focuses on trade promotion and export development, as part of ITC’s technical cooperation programme with developing countries and economies in transition. The magazine is published quarterly since 1964 in English, French and Spanish.
 

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31 Jan 2014
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  31 Jan 2014
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Message from Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC
Arancha González
Services matter more in international trade than meets the eye. They account for close to half of world exports when the full value of services inputs are properly accounted for in the final output of goods.
  31 Jan 2014
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News Brief
ITC
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Creating value in an interconnected world - The role of services
Angel Gurría
Global trade is undergoing rapid change through a fragmentation of production processes and the integration of emerging economies into the global market. A key factor in the expansion of global value chains (GVCs) is the role played by services activities. There would be no GVCs if well-functioning transport, logistics, finance, insurance, communication and other business services did not move goods, people and knowledge along the value chain. It is through services that companies coordinate and link stages of production. The OECD-World Trade Organization database on Trade in Value Added reveals that services account for over 30% of the value created in manufacturing value chains.
  31 Jan 2014
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Fair growth for all through tourism
Taleb Rifai
Tourism represents the perfect blend of contemporary globalization, incorporating trade, mobility, people, and development. It has proven its endurance amid persisting global economic challenges, geopolitical changes, and natural and man-made crises.
  31 Jan 2014
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A services environment facilitating manufacturing and agriculture
Magnus Rentzhog, Emilie Anér
Efficient services markets are essential for manufacturing and agricultural production and trade. Governments wanting to increase competitiveness in these areas work towards creating them.
  31 Jan 2014
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What is TiSA and why does it matter?
Peter Allgeier
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is the first negotiation focused exclusively on updating international standards since the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) more than 20 years ago. It promises to reshape the way of conducting services trade and has the potential to add US$ 3 trillion to global economic output.
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The trouble with TiSA
Pierre Sauvé
Services are central to everything an economy produces, exports, and invests in. As such, an inefficient services sector represents an unwelcome burden on economic performance. The growing acceptance of this central economic reality has fuelled unprecedented autonomous liberalization in services markets around the globe in recent decades.
  31 Jan 2014
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Q&A with WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry
Jarle Hetland
International Trade Forum talks with Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), about how small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) can gain from increasing their intellectual property (IP) knowledge.
  31 Jan 2014
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Service sector in Barbados charting a new strategic direction
Lisa R. Cummins
The services sector in the Caribbean in general, and in Barbados in particular, is bleeding from many wounds. The country is in the midst of the worst recession it has faced in modern times. The business sector has contracted and many providers are reporting significant challenges to domestic growth.
  31 Jan 2014
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Bringing international accounting standards to SMEs in the Arab world
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
When I first contemplated setting up Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International (TAGI) in the early 1970s, the business landscape in the Arab world was in desperate need of transformation. The region was experiencing the dawn of an oil boom that would transform the lives of millions through an influx of global brands in pursuit of business opportunities and partnerships.
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Colombian trade promotion leads to services export boom
Maria Claudia Lacouture
A testimonial provided by David Bergantino, former vice president of premium games production at broadcaster Nickelodeon in the United States of America, shows Colombia’s position as an emerging global service provider. ‘There is talent and enthusiasm as well as a great ability to deliver at a high level of quality and at a competitive cost,’ he said last year at a seminar in Bogotá.
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Ensuring business-friendly services regulation through dialogue
Rajesh Aggarwal, Charlotta Falenius
The linkage between regulatory reform and liberalization in services trade has been receiving increased attention from international institutions including the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization. Building on their work, the International Trade Centre (ITC) is launching an assessment framework to promote business-friendly services regulations. Understanding trade restrictions is particularly pertinent in a global economy where supply chains are fragmented. Reducing burdensome services trade restrictions is thus an important part of the reform process.
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Entering services sector value chains - How aid for trade can help
Rob Skidmore, Jane Drake-Brockman
The key role of services industries in enabling the development of value chains in goods is now well understood. Services industries are also fragmenting into global value chains themselves. Business services intermediates have become the fastest growing component of world trade, reflecting the growth of services outsourcing and the emergence of global services value chains.
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Regional cooperation in services trade
Fauziah Dato Talib
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) views trade in services as key to achieving regional economic integration since the services sector makes up nearly half of GDP in many member states. Sector liberalization is expected to create a competitive environment that generates more efficient services delivery across the region, leading to an expansion of productive capacity and economic development.
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Bangladeshi IT sector building business links in Europe
Nicki Chadwick
Exports by several Bangladeshi IT companies have risen by over a fifth following their participation in a business matchmaking scheme run by the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS).
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Indonesian services sector finds its voice
Jane Drake-Brockman
The Indonesian services sector has taken off in the last decade. Services account for about 54% of GDP and nearly 50% of employment. It is also the fastest-growing sector of the national economy, averaging more than 7% annual growth for the last decade and creating more than 400,000 jobs in 2011 alone, predominantly in small firms.
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Fostering sustainability in toursim
Melanie Landthaler
Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors worldwide and its expansion is expected to continue. International tourist arrivals will increase by 3.3% annually over the next 15 years and reach an estimated 1.8 billion in 2030, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said. Further, destinations in emerging economies are expected to rise at double the pace (4.4% per year) of those in advanced economies (2.2% per year).
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Putting principles into practice with WTO domestic regulation disciplines
Aik Hoe Lim, Bart De Meester
Domestic regulation of services sectors has a significant impact on services trade. World Trade Organization (WTO) members have already agreed to negotiate a set of disciplines to ensure it is not unduly burdensome. There are many good reasons why services markets need regulation, such as protecting consumers, tackling fraud and tax evasion, and making services available to all citizens at equitable rates.
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Mobilizing businesses to expand trade in services
Susanna Pak
Business communities in developing countries must be fully involved in expanding trade in services and tackling related regulatory issues to tap the vast potential of the growing services sector, according to a new book by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
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