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    • 7 Nov 2017 - Africatime

      Commerce : le Nigeria réalise un excédent sur l’Afrique du Sud depuis 2007
      Depuis 2007, les échanges commerciaux entre l'Afrique du Sud et le Nigeria se sont soldés par un déficit commercial pour la nation... -en-ciel, selon les chiffres d’une base de données TradeMap du Centre du commerce international (ITC), compilés par Tralac, une institution

    • 6 Nov 2017 - The Independent

      BUILD, ITC ink MoU to support trade, business in Bangladesh
      Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to...... BUILD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to support joint research linked to enabling

    • 6 Nov 2017 - Food Ingredientes Brasil

      Givaudan to source 90% of raw materials responsibly by 2020
      Following the introduction of its Responsible Sourcing Policy in 2016, Givaudan has announced that 90% of its raw materials volume of... in consultation with stakeholders including the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the International Trade Center (ITC), the Sustainable

    • 6 Nov 2017 - Kyodo News

      "Unconscious" bias seen as challenge in tapping female potential
      As Japan has yet to fully use the potential of women to boost its economic growth, raising awareness of "unconscious gender bias" is... according to the head of an international trade body. Arancha Gonzalez, executive director of the International Trade Center, said Japan's

    • 6 Nov 2017 - Agri Orbit

      Tool helps developing nations map export targets
      A new online trade-boosting tool that makes it easier for businesses in developing countries to identify and target market opportunities... identify and target market opportunities has been unveiled by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Paris. The ITC’s latest intervention

    • 31 Oct 2017 - Food & Drink International

      Givuadan to responsibly source 90% of raw ingredients by 2020
      Flavour and fragrances giant, Givaudan, said that from 2020 90% of its raw natural materials will be responsibly sourced. Givaudan sources...... stakeholders including the United Nations Global Compact, the International Trade Center , the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and...

    • 31 Oct 2017 - African Decisions

      Fair trade
      Annual trade between Africa and India averaged 8.4% of the latter country’s global trade figure between 2006 and 2016. As reported by How...... As reported by How We Made It In Africa, data by the International Trade Centre shows that trade between the two regions reached its...

    • 31 Oct 2017 - BusinessLIVE

      Tool helps developing nations map out export targets
      Map ensures that even the smallest and most remote companies can target new markets with knowledge of trade costs and expected demand and the world. The Export Potential Map is described by ITC executive director Arancha Gonzalez as "an innovative tool that...

    • 30 Oct 2017 - Ft.lk

      Private sector must learn to use trade remedies bills effectively: experts
      As the long-promised trade remedies bills finally make their way to Parliament for approval, experts have warned that their eventual... day of the three-day EU-funded workshop organised by the International Trade Centre in partnership with the Advisory Centre on WTO Law...

    • 29 Oct 2017 - Quartz India

      The Gambia is now free and democratic so Europe is pushing its migrants to go home
      Hardly a day goes by without a discussion on the migrants (including refugees) who have entered Europe in large numbers since 2015. Under... for a lack of ownership, with the implementing agent, the International Trade Centre, having only recently opened a project office in...

    • 29 Oct 2017 - Egypt Commercial News

      SheTrades initiative in Egypt to support women entrepreneurs
      The SheTrades initiative is announced to be implemented in Egypt to support and empower women entrepreneurs, according to a statement by... to a statement by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. SheTrades, launched worldwide by the International Trade Center (ITC),...

    • 26 Oct 2017 - The Hindu Business Line- Mobile

      Move to introduce ‘gender inclusivity’ at WTO
      Waking up to the need to enable more women to participate in international trade, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and a group of member...... how to ensure more women participate in international trade,” said Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International...

    • 25 Oct 2017 - China.org.cn

      World Export Development Forum 2017 begins in Hungary
      BUDAPEST, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The two-day World Export Development Forum 2017 started here on Wednesday, with the aim to exchange views and...... , and innovation. Executive director of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC), Arancha Gonzales, spoke in a keynote...

    • 23 Oct 2017 - Otago Daily Times

      Quick off the mark to take PledgeMe to Australia
      Anna Guenther is walking down a street in Brisbane when she answers the phone. Asked if the weather is considerably warmer than back in..., who is preparing to fly to Europe to speak at the World Export Development Forum, a United Nations subsidiary. Since PledgeMe's launch...

    • 23 Oct 2017 - L'Opinion.fr

      Arancha Gonzalez (ITC): «Recourir au protectionnisme face aux défis de la mondialisation? La réponse paresseuse par excellence»
      Arancha Gonzalez : « Il y a dans les négociations commerciales un ingrédient économique et commercial, avec de nombreux intérêts offensifs...renforcer son agenda commercial. Directrice exécutive du Centre du commerce international (ITC), Arancha Gonzalez...

    • 23 Oct 2017 - The Himalayan Times

      The main problem of the country’s export sector lies in the supply side
      of The Himalayan Times caught up with Arancha González, executive director of International Trade Centre, who was here in the...

    • 20 Oct 2017 - Le Nouvelliste

      A propos de la recherche par Haïti du statut de ‘’pays émergent’’ à l’horizon de 2030
      Economie - Jean Daniel Elie Depuis quelques temps, les pouvoirs publics se sont donné pour objectif l’obtention du statut de pays... pays par les Nations unies et ses agences spécialisées comme le Centre du commerce international (CCI), la Conférence des Nations unies...

    • 19 Oct 2017 - HKTDC - Hong Kong Means Business

      European Commission Launches New “Trade Helpdesk” Which Hong Kong Businesses Can Use for Exports to the EU
      On 26 September 2017, the European Commission launched the new “Trade Helpdesk”, aimed at helping businesses looking to export their... trade. On 30 June 2017, the European Commission and the International Trade Centre also launched the “EuroMed Trade Helpdesk”, which...

    • 19 Oct 2017 - La Presse News Tunisie

      Textile : L’université publique au service de l’industrie textile
      Monter en gamme, proposer aux clients autre chose que de la sous-traitance, ne plus constituer uniquement un pays compétitif au niveau des...... public-privé”, dira Abdessalam Azuz, représentant du Centre du commerce international basé à Genève. S’étalant sur deux ans, cette licence...

    • 18 Oct 2017 - LaQuotidienne

      Grand conclave à Rabat sur les barrières non tarifaires dans les Etats membres de l'OCI
      "Les barrières non tarifaires dans les Etats membres de l'Organisation de la coopération islamique" est le thème d'un atelier qui aura lieu...... (OMC), de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED), du Centre du commerce international...

    • 18 Oct 2017 - Himalaya Times

      Delay and hassles in Indian transit raise Nepal’s cost of trade
      in India are simplified and transport service is effective, says a recent report unveiled by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

    • 16 Oct 2017 - 매일일보

      김재홍 코트라 사장, 국제무역센터 사무국장 면담
      中企 수출확대 위한 무역투자 데이터베이스 구축 등 적극 협력키로 기자] 김재홍 대한무역투자진흥공사(코트라) 사장은 16일 코트라 본사를 방문한 아란차 곤잘레스국제무역센터(International Trade Center) 사무국장을 만나, 중소·중견기업 수출 확대를 위한 무역·투자 데이터베이스 구축에...

    • 15 Oct 2017 - TV Nepal Today

      ITC Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez in POWERchat with Laxman D. Pant
      Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC)-the joint Development agency of the UN and WTO - shares for POWERchat (Ep. 64 aired on October 15, 2017 via TV Today)-on trade and export opportunities before Nepal, digital trade, women entrepreneurship, productivity and transparency and so forth.

    • 13 Oct 2017 - thehimalayantimes.com

      National Sector Export Strategies launched
      Aims to promote export competitiveness of cardamom, handmade paper, tea and coffee. The government today launched the National Sector Export Strategies of four products — cardamom, handmade paper, tea and coffee — with an aim to improve the value chain of these products from production to the export market. Addressing the launching ceremony, Arancha González, executive director of ITC, said that Nepal should give high emphasis to the production, quality, packaging and branding of its products to boost exports.

    • 13 Oct 2017 - nnn.com & today.ng

      Nigeria commits to poverty reduction
      Nigeria has introduced measures to shore-up employment in order to eradicate poverty and transform the nation’s economy. Mr Arnold Jackson, Assistant Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), stated this while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Eradication of Poverty’ during the general debate at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. This effort should be emulated globally to improve the situation of women in the context of the 2030 Agenda. “At the global level Nigeria keys into several initiatives aimed at empowering women and the girl child, such as the ‘She Trades Initiative’ by the International Trade Centre,” he said.

    • 12 Oct 2017 - Himalaya times and other sources

      Arancha González calls on DPM Mahara
      Geneva-based International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara at the latter's office in Singh Durbar, Thursday. During the meeting, discussions on various issues including economic diplomacy and multifaceted trade promotion were discussed. On the occasion, DPM Mahara urged ITC to play more positive roles in promoting the export of Nepali goods. He added that all should focus on economic prosperity through economic diplomacy.

    • 12 Oct 2017 - ft.lk

      Boost for SMEs via National Trade Facilitation Agreement
      Implementation of the National Trade Facilitation Agreement (NTFA) with the World Trade Organisation will be a big boost to the competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to face local and global challenges and opportunities. To better harness this potential a two-day multi-stakeholder workshop kicked off yesterday in Colombo to prioritise the key areas in the business reform process and to provide the platform for coordination among various sectors and agencies. The initiative was held by the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank.

    • 11 Oct 2017 - afropages.fr and lejecos and ferloo

      Commerce : Atelier sur l’évaluation de la performance des Organismes de promotion du commerce
      La Commission de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest-Africaine (UEMOA), la Chambre Consulaire (CCR) de l’UEMOA et le Centre du Commerce International (ITC) ont organisé du 27 au 29 septembre 2017, un atelier de formation à l’évaluation de la performance des Organismes de Promotion du Commerce (OPC) afin de permettre aux organisations de la région de développer un système de mesure de la performance adapté à leur stratégie et à leurs objectifs.

    • 10 Oct 2017 - sudhorizons.dz

      Exportations: la quête d'une stratégie nationale
      Le ministère du Commerce organise depuis, mardi, au siège de l’agence algérienne de la promotion du commerce extérieur (Algex) un atelier de lancement du projet : la stratégie nationale d’exportation (SNE), en consultation avec le centre du commerce international (CCI) de Genève.

    • 10 Oct 2017 - dailymirror.lk

      NTFC, ITC and World Bank partner to initiate TFA
      The National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank will convene a two-day workshop from 11 -12 October at the Galle Face Hotel. The workshop will help to prioritise the reforms required to implement the World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). It will also focus on coordinating implementation of the TFA.

    • 9 Oct 2017 - news.abamako.com

      Exportations au Mali : Des consultations nationales pour l’élaboration d’une stratégie en la matière
      Du 03 au 04 octobre 2017 s’est tenu l'atelier des premières consultations nationales pour l’élaboration de la stratégie nationale des exportations du Mali à la Maison des Ainés. La cérémonie d’ouverture de cet atelier s’est déroulée en présence du Secrétaire général du Ministère du Commerce, Adama Yoro Sidibé ; du Directeur de l’Agence pour la promotion des exportations du Mali (APEX), Mamadou Sanoko ; de l’Administrateur principal stratégie commerciale et compétitive du Bureau du Chef économique stratégie d’exportation ; Darius Kurek ; de plusieurs personnalités de ce secteur ainsi qu’une centaine de participants. D’entrée de jeu, le Secrétaire général du Ministère du Commerce, Adama Yoro Sidibé a exprimé toute sa gratitude à l'endroit des partenaires techniques et financiers notamment le Centre du Commerce International (ITC) et le PNUD pour leur accompagnement et leur soutien.

    • 5 Oct 2017 - thenationonlineng.net

      $9m training support for 4000 Kaduna female farmers
      As part of efforts to achieve food security, the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal Fund (UNSDGF) in partnership with the Roca Brothers has launched a $9million Model Training Programme to build the capacity of women farmers on food preservation techniques. The project tagged 'food Africa' for farmers in Kaduna State is aimed to boost food security and expand knowledge of agriculture extension officers in the state. The United Nation Resident Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Edward Kallon during a press briefing, yesterday in Abuja said the three years programme will target 4000 women and would eventually be scaled up to other states of the federation and Africa at large. According to Kallon, the Food For Africa project would be implemented by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Trade Centre( ITC), Kaduna State government and Sahara group Foundation.

    • 4 Oct 2017 - UNTV

      International Trade Centre (ITC) - Press Conference: Launch of 2017 SME Competitiveness Outlook
      Subject: Launch of 2017 SME Competitiveness Outlook The 2017 SME Competiveness Outlook – The region: a door to global trade will be launched on 5 October 2017 by the International Trade Centre

       

        Key findings:
      • Deep regional trade integration can help deliver better inclusive economic growth.
      • Deep integration trade deals spur activity in cross-border value chains for goods and services.
      • Increasing value-chain activity can boost the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.
      • Narrowing the competitiveness gap between small and large firms helps reduce income inequality.
      • Bilateral investment treaties do not measurably stimulate domestic value-added in exports through value chains.
      • Lack of regional hubs means Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are less integrated in international value chains than Asia, Europe and North America.
        Speakers:
      • Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC
      • Marion Janson, Chief Economist, ITC

       

    • 4 Oct 2017 - AWP

      Les PME bénéficient d'accords régionaux approfondis
      Par AWP A Genève, le Centre du commerce international appelle les Etats à ne pas séparer commerce, investissement et fiscalité. Des accords commerciaux régionaux approfondis réduisent le décalage entre grandes entreprises et PME. Dans un rapport publié mercredi à Genève, le Centre du commerce international (ITC) appelle les Etats à ne pas séparer commerce, investissement et fiscalité. A chaque fois qu'un sujet supplémentaire fait partie d'un accord commercial, les PME augmentent leur participation à une filière ("chaîne de valeur") régionale de 2,5%, conclut cette étude annuelle sur la compétitivité de ces petites et moyennes sociétés. Leur décalage de compétitivité avec les grandes entreprises diminue alors de 1,25%, selon cette évaluation qui porte sur plus de 250 accords régionaux.

    • 4 Oct 2017 - Diario Vasco

      Acuerdos regionales de comercio "profundos" ayudan a cerrar brecha para pymes
      Cuanto más "profundo" es un acuerdo de comercio regional y menos se fijen únicamente en temas puramente tradicionales como los aranceles, más permite cerrar la brecha de competitividad entre las pymes y las grandes compañías, según un informe publicado hoy por el Centro de Comercio Internacional (CCI). El informe "La región, la puerta al comercio global" mira a los acuerdos comerciales regionales, porque uno de los factores que ayuda a las pymes a mejorar su competitividad es participar en cadenas de valor, que son regionales.

    • 4 Oct 2017 - publicnow.com

      ITC’s SheTrades Global Partners With The International Business Festival - (London)
      While South Africa has been a permanent member of BRICS since December 2010, China invited Egypt and Kenya to the 9th BRICS Summit held in Xiamen at the beginning of September 2017. Guinean President Alpha Condé, representing the African Union, had the opportunity to attend as well. This means that more African representatives were present during the last summit than was normally the case. From 2006 till 2016, according to the International Trade Centre, the China-Africa trade increased from $55.4bn to $144.6bn. As for its stock of foreign investments in Africa, it increased from $2.6bn in 2006 to $34.7bn in 2015, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics.

    • 1 Oct 2017 - howwemadeitinafrica.com

      What benefits can Africa derive from the BRICS partnership?
      While South Africa has been a permanent member of BRICS since December 2010, China invited Egypt and Kenya to the 9th BRICS Summit held in Xiamen at the beginning of September 2017. Guinean President Alpha Condé, representing the African Union, had the opportunity to attend as well. This means that more African representatives were present during the last summit than was normally the case. From 2006 till 2016, according to the International Trade Centre, the China-Africa trade increased from $55.4bn to $144.6bn. As for its stock of foreign investments in Africa, it increased from $2.6bn in 2006 to $34.7bn in 2015, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics.

    • 29 Sep 2017 - news.alome.com

      Les Organismes de Promotion du Commerce de l’UEMOA en session de formation à Lomé
      Les Organismes de Promotion du Commerce (OPC) dans l’exécution de leurs missions sont souvent confrontés à plusieurs défis liés surtout à l’évaluation de la performance des services offerts aux entreprises bénéficiaires. Pour relever ces défis, le Centre du Commerce International (ITC) et la commission de l’UEMOA, avec l’appui des partenaires financiers et techniques a décidé de former les OPS sur « l’évaluation de la performance

    • 29 Sep 2017 - newsghana.com.gh

      ITC finds ways to improve transparency, connectivity in Value Chains - The International Trade Centre (ITC) today unveiled Sustainability Map a new
      The International Trade Centre (ITC) today unveiled Sustainability Map a new online gateway connecting businesses and producers that will help pave the way towards more sustainable trade. ITC launched the innovative tool during the second day of the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 25-27 September.

    • 20 Sept 2017 - afrique.latribune.fr

      Rwanda : les femmes d’affaires formées à l’entrepreneuriat dans le tourisme
      Après le Kenya et la Tanzanie, le projet «Afrique de l’Est : autonomisation des femmes dans le commerce» du Centre du commerce international (CCI) marque un arrêt au Rwanda. Mais ici, l’accent est mis sur le tourisme dont le développement est devenu ces derniers mois un des chevaux de bataille du gouvernement. Des femmes d’affaires bénéficient de formations visant à affiner leurs compétences en la matière.

    • 19 Sept 2017 - unmultimedia.org

      More economically empowered women are essential to build stronger economies
      ITC - Increasing women's participation in global trade will lead to better development outcomes for families and communities. That's the view of Arancha González, Executive Director at the International Trade Centre (ITC), which is working to get one million women-owned businesses to market by 2020. In 2016, ITC launched the "SheTrades" initiative, an online platform and mobile application, or “app,” that connects buyers worldwide with women-owned enterprises. Ms González is in New York for an event that seeks to advance women's role in the global economy. She starts by explaining to Cristina Silveiro the importance of holding this event on the margins of the General Assembly debate.

    • 18 Sept 2017 - Bloomberg and Tralac

      Connecting African, Chinese businesses to boost trade and investment
      Through the Partnership for Investment and Growth in Africa (PIGA) project, companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia are doing business with Chinese investors. African and Chinese entrepreneurs in agro-processing are talking business, doing business as a direct result of meetings co-organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

    • 18 Sept 2017 - freshplaza.com

      Sri Lanka gets local GAP certification for better access to EU
      Sri Lankan export promotion authorities have developed local versions of international agricultural and manufacturing practices to help certified exporters get better access to European markets, an official said. The initiative was being tried out with fruit and vegetable exporters many of whom do not follow good practices, said Indira Malwatta, chairperson of the Export Development Board (EDB). “We are doing GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice),” she said, referring to systems for ensuring that products are consistently produced, packed and supplied according to quality standards and subject to audits. “For the fruit and vegetable sector we introduced local Good Agricultural Practices with European Union aid through the ITC (International Trade Center),” she told a business forum.

    • 13 Sept 2017 - Quartz and other sources

      China wants to import Israel’s vegan meat technology
      China this week inked a deal with Israel that stands to give high-tech vegan meat companies an opening into the world’s most populous country. “It is a colossal market opportunity,” says Bruce Friedrich, head of the The Good Food Institute (GFI), which supports and lobbies on behalf of meat alternative interests. “This could put [lab-made] meat onto the radar of Chinese officials who have the capacity to steer billions of dollars into this technology.” While the Israeli companies—SuperMeat, Future Meat Technologies, and Meat the Future—may get the first clear shot at the Chinese lab-made meat market, their competitors see the deal as an opportunity, too. Chinese meat imports were valued at more than $10 billion in 2016, according to the International Trade Centre, which means there’s a lot of room for meat alternative products to nip away at market share.

    • 6 Sept 2017 - leconomistemaghrebin.com

      Méditerranée: lancement de l’EuroMed Trade Helpdesk pour stimuler le commerce
      L’EuroMed Trade Helpdesk, un portail en ligne fournissant aux exportateurs des informations essentielles gratuites sur les marchés, les potentiels, tels que les droits de douane et les exigences relatives au produit, vient d’être lancé par la Commission européenne et le Centre du Commerce international (ITC). Financé par l’UE et mis en œuvre par l’ITC, le Helpdesk vise à renforcer les liens économiques entre l’UE et neuf partenaires méditerranéens, ainsi qu’entre les partenaires méditerranéens eux-mêmes.

    • 6 Sept 2017 - brussels.cta.int

      Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project
      Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives. The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the European Union.

    • 2 Sept 2017 - Xinhua

      INTERVIEW: NEXT DECADE FOR BRICS TO DEEPEN TIES, SHAPE DIRECTION, SAYS ITC HEAD
      For the five members of BRICS, if the first 10 years were about cooperation, the next decade will be about deepening those ties and shaping their direction, Arancha González, executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), has said. In an interview with Xinhua before the ninth BRICS Summit to be held in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen on Sept. 3-5 with a theme of "Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future," Gonzalez said BRICS' success lies in its ability to foster cooperation between its members -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. "The most important achievement of BRICS is that they have been able to build the coalition of countries, develop it and keep it together," she said.

    • 1 Sept 2017 - euractiv.com

      EVEN IN THE AGE OF BREXIT AND TRUMP, BUSINESS CAN HELP DRIVE RESPONSIBLE TRADE
      Arancha González is the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre. Christian Ewert is the Director General of the Foreign Trade Association. More than a year has now passed since the United Kingdom voted to exit the world’s biggest trade bloc in a bid to ‘take back control’ over immigration and regulatory policy from the European Union. During that time, Donald Trump rode to the White House on promises that protectionism could restore vanished manufacturing jobs, and went on to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Trade has become a lightning rod for public angst over the rising pace of economic and social change in other advanced economies, too. Recall how opposition from Wallonia nearly derailed the European Union’s trade agreement with Canada.

    • 1 Sept 2017 - investmoneyuk.com

      SITA set to catalyse $80 mn investments
      Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA), a project of the International Trade Centre covering five East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Rwanda) and India, aims to catalyse at least $80 million worth investment from 16 deals by 2020. According to Govind Venuprasad, co-ordindator of SITA, Office of Asia and the Pacific, the project had facilitated negotiation of more than $64 million worth investment, of which $23 million had been catalysed in the last two years. The size of investments range between Rs. 3.5 crore and Rs. 163 crore. Mr. Venuprasad said that studies showed that Indian SMEs were increasingly interested in exploring opportunities in African markets. However, they were not aware of the new geographies, political and socio-economic situations etc.

    • 29 Aug 2017 - tribune.net.ph

      Online tool helps local exporters choose market
      Exporters in the country now have an online tool to identify and target market opportunities. The Export Potential Map “makes it easier for businesses and countries to identify what goods and services to export and to where,” according to the International Trade Centre (ITC), which developed the tool. “Export Potential Map is an innovative tool that will enable developing countries and their companies to make better export decisions based on rigorous economic analysis. It will allow companies to target new markets and for policymakers to optimize their policies and support programs for their exporters,” said ITC executive director Arancha González.

    • 29 Aug 2017 - perfectdailygrind.com

      Roaster Guide: Why Is Green Bean Moisture Content Important?
      Although green coffee beans that are ready for roasting may feel dry, they still contain moisture. Any amount of liquid diffused in small quantities within a solid counts towards moisture content. Good levels of moisture content allow for high cupping scores, balanced acidities, and great aroma. There’s debate over the best moisture level, but 10–12% is generally accepted. I (along with many others) prefer 12%, while the International Trade Centre recommends that producers aim for 11%.

    • 16 August 2017 - zawya.com

      SME tips to unlocking Jordan’s untapped export market
      With Jordan’s population at just around 9.4 million inhabitants, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) simply cannot rely on this small domestic market alone. It is indeed imperative for them to export their products or services in order to grow substantially. Here’s how SMEs in Jordan can prepare to start selling their products on the global market, and the challenges they are likely to face. In 2014, the government launched the National Export Strategy (NES) in cooperation with ITC, a joint agency of the WTO and the United Nations (UN). The NES strategy, which covers the five-year period until 2019, aims at supporting SMEs to help them become more competitive and responsive to market demands with product diversification and innovation.

    • 16 August 2017 - www.lagazette-dgi.com

      Valorisation du raphia : Un appui de l’ITC
      À Madagascar, le Centre du commerce international (ITC) a travaillé avec sept associations locales pour former 275 femmes dans le parc naturel de Makira sur la culture et le traitement du raphia résistant au climat, une fibre de palme utilisée pour fabriquer des objets artisanaux et des cordes. Elles ont également appris des techniques de conception et des compétences commerciales visant à fournir des chapeaux de raphia au secteur du luxe international.

    • 8 August 2017 - africaoutlookmag.com

      ITC’s SheTrades Initiative Launched in Rwanda
      Rwanda’s First Lady launches SheTrades Rwanda, with mobile-phone giant MTN announcing support for the initiative, offering free downloads and training. The Rwanda edition of the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative was launched in Kigali by First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame. During the launch mobile-phone provider MTN Rwanda also announced it would be offering women entrepreneurs free downloads and free browsing of the ITC SheTrades mobile application. Launched in September 2015, the SheTrades Initiative will connect one million women to markets by 2020.

    • 8 August 2017 - Reuters

      Primark finds partnership brings sustainable cotton from field to store
      The idea of sustainable cotton isn't new, yet 12 percent of cotton produced around the world is classed as sustainable One in three women's pyjamas bought in the United Kingdom are from Primark. A little-known fact I spent some time reflecting on during a recent trip to India with our buying team. Figures from the International Trade Centre show that women account for 70 per cent of cotton planting and 90 per cent of hand-picking, so we focused our attention here. In 2013 we partnered with agricultural experts CottonConnect and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) to train female farmers in Gujarat, north western India, a cotton growing region used by our suppliers. Today, more than 6,000 female farmers have received, or are receiving, training in sustainable farming methods through the programme. We hope to reach a further 5,000 women over the next five years.

    • 3 August 2017 - ivotoniut.blogspot.ch

      International Trade Centre helps Afghan businessmen to become more competitive in global markets
      Afghan Government officials and private sector met in Kabul this week with representatives from the European Union and the International Trade Centre to take stock of progress on efforts to build Afghanistan’s capacities to participate in regional trade. ‘Finalizing a national export strategy will be a top priority, to be followed by the implementation of its recommendations for reforms to catalyse export-led growth and job creation in promising sectors,’ said George Cunningham, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Afghanistan. ITC will support the development and implementation of the national export strategy, together with a national trade policy, and a strategy on trade facilitation.

    • 2 August 2017 - bloomberg.com

      ITC's Gonzalez Sees Risks to Global Trade
      As the BRICS trade ministers discuss relations in Shanghai, International Trade Center is flagging mounting geopolitical tensions. Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez says global trade is improving, but there are clouds on the horizon. She speaks to Bloomberg's Tom Mackenzie.

    • 28 July 2017 - voicesofsita.com

      Promoting Ethiopia in the City of Entrepreneurs - By Govind Venuprasad
      Ahmedabad, city of entrepreneurs, has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India. It is the second largest producer of cotton in India, its stock exchange is the country’s second oldest, and some of the country’s greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists call Ahmedabad their home. Ahmedabad’s estimated gross domestic product is over US$64 billion; and Old Ahmedabad, was declared India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City earlier this year. It was here that the investment delegation from Ethiopia, led by His Excellency, Mr. Bogale Feleke, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Industry, arrived on 18 July to meet with and encourage businesses in Gujarat State, to look towards Ethiopia’s burgeoning textiles and garments’ sector as a destination for their international expansion.

    • 10 July 2017 - ictsd.org

      Aid for Trade and Gender - by Vanessa Erogbogbo, Head, Women and Trade Programme, International Trade Centre Lessons from African Women Entrepreneurs
      Gender-focused aid for trade initiatives in Africa have the potential to considerably accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This article sets out the case and highlights key actions required to deliver transformative change for women and for African economies. Aid for trade has the potential to speed up the achievement of the collective commitment set out by the United Nations in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 1, to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, and the target of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. Africa is a continent where over half the world’s people living in extreme poverty reside, with 389 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa still living on less than US$1.90 a day in 2013. One of the most effective ways to catapult them to better lives is to connect firms owned by women to markets, and women to jobs in export sectors

    • 6 July 2017 - rnanews.com

      Le Centre du Commerce International et Expertise France renforcent leur coopération
      Kigali: Le Centre du commerce international (ITC) et Expertise France ont signé une lettre d’intention pour renforcer leur coopération et proposer une assistance technique liée au commerce au service des économies en développement et des pays les moins avancés. Les deux organisations ont démarré leur collaboration en 2016 avec SLEIDSE – un programme d’appui à l'intégration économique, la diversification et l’emploi durable en Libye – financé par l’Union européenne et mis en œuvre par Expertise France.

    • 5 July 2017 - WEF

      5 reasons not to give up on global trade - by Arancha González Laya Executive Director, International Trade Centre and Peter Draper Senior Research Fellow, Economic Diplomacy Programme, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
      As G20 leaders meet in Hamburg, many people feel the international trading system is unfair or unaccountable. Some blame it for the loss of jobs; others for pressurising local industries or eroding labour standards. It is true that economic globalization has not lifted all boats. Income and wealth inequality is on the rise. Significantly, 42% of countries ranked on the World Economic Forum Inclusive Development Index saw their scores decline over the past five years even as GDP per capita increased, with wealth inequality a chief culprit. Small businesses can be buffeted hard by shocks in global markets. The world’s poorest countries’ share in global exports has barely budged above 1% over the past decade.

    • 5 July 2017 - newsghana.com.gh

      EU initiative to empower SMEs in Azerbaijan
      A project to boost the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Azerbaijan and connect them to global value chains was today launched in Baku. The ‘Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade – an EU4Business Initiative’ is a three-year project and marks a new collaboration between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan and International Trade Centre (ITC). To kick off the project activities a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Baku by Rufat Mammadov, President of the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AzPromo), and ITC Executive Director Arancha González.

    • 4 July 2017 - Azertag.az

      AZPROMO, International Trade Centre to sign MoU
      Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, said Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev as he met Executive Director of ITC Arancha González. Mr. Mustafayev stressed the importance of the cooperation with the ITC. The Minister also said Azerbaijan successfully cooperates with the UN`s bodies. Mr. Mustafayev spoke of the economic reforms carried out in Azerbaijan under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. He noted Azerbaijan attaches great importance to studying the international experience for development of small and medium entrepreneurship. Arancha González expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with AZPROMO. She said there is great potential for developing relations with Azerbaijan.

    • 30 Jun 2017 - wadsam.com

      EU and ITC launch EuroMed Trade Helpdesk to boost trade in Mediterranean region
      The European Commission and the International Trade Centre (ITC) today launched the EuroMed Trade Helpdesk. By providing businesses with essential information about markets, tariffs and import requirements, the Helpdesk aims to strengthen economic ties between the European Union and nine Mediterranean partners, as well as between Mediterranean countries themselves.

    • 27 May 2017 - The Guardian

      Africa fashion’s future
      Fashion Africa Conference in London - Problems were highlighted by another celebrated speaker, Simone Cipriani, who in a poignant talk, stressed the importance of the role of the African designers and artisans in finding solutions to problems, “We love Africa, but let’s tell the truth, there are inefficiencies in Africa,” said the founder of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, “Managing in Africa is managing inefficiencies and finding creative solutions for bottleneck. I believe in Africa. It is time to do things properly, remove bottlenecks and give people dignified work.”

    • 23 May 2017 - observergm.com

      2nd Tourism Sector Consultation Meeting Held
      The 2nd tourism sector consultative forum that attracts youth and stakeholders in the tourism sector to devise a roadmap on backward linkages with horticulture and market gardening in The Gambia was recently held at a hotel in Bijilo. The forum was organised by The Gambia Tourism Board (GTB), The Gambia Hotel Association (GHA) in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MOTIE) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and supported by the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a four-year initiative implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

    • 18 May 2017 - urbeconomica.com.mx

      “SheTrades” iniciativa para el desarrollo económico en Colombia
      El Centro de Comercio Internacional (CCI), el Grupo Empresarial Las Américas de Medellín, Ruta N y la Compañía de María Colegio la Enseñanza trabajan en la iniciativa SheTrades que tiene por objetivo el empoderamiento económico femenino. Esta iniciativa creada en 2015 como una actividad en sintonía con los Objetivos Mundiales para el Desarrollo Sostenible pretende integrar al comercio global a más de un millón de mujeres en el mundo.

    • 18 May 2017 - wadsam.com

      Afghanistan steps up work to strengthen export sector
      Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and public sector representatives on 18 May met in Mazar-e-Sharif to explore provincial trade challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). A National Export Strategy will provide a blueprint for competitiveness and development of the country’s export sector and strengthen links between export development and socio-economic growth.

    • 17 May 2017 - aip.ci

      Côte d’Ivoire/Création d’un réseau régional de promotion du commerce en Afrique de l’Ouest
      La Commission de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest africaine (UEMOA), le Centre du commerce international (ITC) et les organismes de promotion du commerce (OPC) des Etats membres ont lancé mercredi à Dakar (Sénégal) le réseau régional de promotion du commerce en vue de renforcer l’intégration régionale et la coopération commerciale en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce réseau promeut également la sensibilisation des Etats membres à la réduction des barrières non-tarifaires entravant le commerce, ainsi qu’à la promotion et la diversification de la base de l’offre de produits exportables.

    • 04 May 2017 - eco-business.com

      Put people over profit to stop fashion slavery, says campaigner
      The struggle against modern-day slavery in the fashion industry is being hampered by public relations spin and companies that still put profit, not people, at the heart of their business models, said a leading ethical fashion campaigner. The struggle against modern-day slavery in the fashion industry is being hampered by public relations spin and companies that still put profit, not people, at the heart of their business models, said a leading ethical fashion campaigner. But Simone Cipriani, head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, sees huge potential for change as long as everyone - from brands to consumers - takes responsibility to address the exploitation of workers in global supply chains. “People have to be part of the business model and then profit is the happy outcome of doing good business,” Cipriani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    • 03 May 2017 - laopinion.com

      La uchuva y la gulupa pierden mercado internacional
      Nortede Santander tiene las condiciones climáticas y el suelo favorables para la producción de uchuva, gulupa y el aguacate hass, sin embargo, los productores y comercializadores no están preparados para exportarlos al mercado europeo. Claudia Uribe, jefe de la oficina para América Latina y el Caribe del Centro de Comercio Internacional, con sede en Ginebra, en el foro Foro Caribe Agro que se llevó a cabo en Valledupar, destacó que Colombia tiene una variedad de frutas exóticas, como uchuvas, granadilla y gulupa, pero a su juicio es un mercado podo aprovechado. “Trabajando con la Unión Europea hemos identificado que Colombia podría duplicar la exportación defrutas frescas, diferentes al banano, en los próximos dos años o tres años, y se puede lograr si trabajamos en fortalecer toda la cadena de trazabilidad e estos productos para que el consumidor de la Unión Europea conozca de dónde provienen”, destacó.

    • 03 May 2017 - algerie360.com

      La BID Finance la mise en place d’une stratégie national de commerce en Algérie
      Un projet visant à soutenir la diversification économique en Algérie sera financé par la Banque islamique de développement (BID), dans le cadre d’un accord signé avec International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) et le Centre du Commerce international (CCI). En effet, c’est lors d’une visite de Archana Gonzalez, Directrice exécutive à la BID, à Jeddah, en Arabie saoudite, que cet accord a été signé. Il vise à fournir à l’Algérie « une assistance technique pour concevoir et mettre en place une stratégie nationale de Commerce », rapporte aujourd’hui le quotidien Arabnews.

    • 02 May 2017 - asiaplus.tj

      ITC, CCI continue awareness raising initiatives for Tajik business community
      The International Training Center (ITC) and Tajikistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) continue jointly informing Tajikistan private sector on the country’s latest economic developments and activities under the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. The workshops are organized under the ITC’s project funded by the Government of Switzerland within its Trade Cooperation Program (TCP) in Tajikistan.

    • 02 May 2017 - thevoiceslu.com

      Saint Lucia’s National Export Strategy (NES) 2017- 2022
      Saint Lucia is developing its NES utilizing the ITC methodology which is based on international best practice. ITC is intimately involved in this iterative process. There were two national consultations and several core team meetings so far this year. Lessons learned from the previous NES, impediments to export development by sector, trade-related donor activity since the last NES, issues affecting Saint Lucia’s investment climate, issues revealed by the World Bank Doing Business Report, actions to address export development impediments, criteria for selection of priority sector, selection of priority sectors, alignment of strategy with Trade Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals are some of the salient issues well ventilated in the process. It is still a work in progress.

    • 02 May 2017 - africanews.it

      Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS) Program Furthers its mission to help Arab Member Countries to achieve their full Trade Development Potential through two new projects
      in cooperation between ITFC and ITC - Furthermore, the “National Trade Strategy (NTS) to Support Economic Diversification” Project in Algeria focuses on providing technical assistance and capacity-building to key stakeholders and institutions in Algeria to design and lead into implementation of a NTS. ITC and ITFC received a request from the Government of Algeria for technical assistance to develop a National Trade Strategy (NTS) to enhance the country’s capability of reaping the benefits of regional and international trade.

    • 22 Feb 2017 - pajhwok.com

      Afghanistan starts work on National Export Strategy
      Afghanistan today took its first steps towards the creation of a National Export Strategy (NES) that would set out its trade priorities, a statement from the International Trade Centre said on Wednesday. Organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), the first consultation on Afghanistan’s National Export Strategy provided an opportunity for participants to share their views on issues such as value-chain improvements, supply capacities, competitiveness and quality management. Central to the discussions were also the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which Afghanistan ratified immediately upon joining the trade body in July 2016.

    • 21 Feb 2017 - euractiv.com

      The European Union, an agri-food world power
      The food industry accounts for seven out of every €100 of trade between the European Union and the rest of the world. Euractiv Spain reports. While that number may seem small compared to the business generated by trade in the automotive or energy industries, the agri-food sector is of particular importance to the EU economy and, more importantly, the economy of millions of families. A look at the EU’s trade balance for agri-food products (excluding the fishing and drinks industries) reveals some interesting data, according to the International Trade Centre (ITC).

    • 21 Feb 2017 - sidwaya.bf

      Compétitivité commerciale en Afrique de l’Ouest : Un projet de plus de 7 milliards de F CFA lancé
      Le PACCIR/UEMOA est structuré en deux phases pour un montant global de 11 millions d’euros (plus de 7 milliards de FCFA). La première phase du projet, d’une durée de 18 mois, est financée à hauteur de 3 millions d’euros (environ 2 milliards de F CFA) par l’UE dans le cadre du programme indicatif régional de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, lui-même financé par le 10e Fonds européen de développement (FED). « L’ITC se réjouit de l’excellente collaboration nouée avec la commission de l’UEMOA et l’Union européenne qui a permis de développer dans un esprit d’équipe et de partenariat fructueux, le PACCIR/UEMOA », a déclaré la représentante de l’ITC, Aicha Pouye, par ailleurs directrice de la Division du développement des marchés de l’ITC

    • 16 Feb 2017 - unmultimedia.org

      JOB CREATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME FOR GAMBIAN YOUTH
      Fostering economic opportunities for young people in the Gambia is the goal of a new initiative launched this month by the country, together with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Eur opean Union Emergency Trust for Africa. The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project also aims to reduce the number of young people risking their lives migrating to other countries, especially in the EU. The €11 million project has been described as a "building block" in the construction of a new Gambia which prioritizes youth, job creation and trade. The West African country recently experienced a power shift with the inauguration of President Adama Barrow following two decades of rule by Yahyeh Jammeh. Here's Dianne Penn.

    • 02 Feb 2017 - myanmarinternationaltv.com

      EXPORT SECTOR: 5- YEAR MYANMAR NATIONAL EXPORT STRATEGY
      Myanmar’s first-ever National Export Strategy (NES) was launched in 2015 by Ministry of Commerce and International Trade Centre (ITC). The strategy aims to accelerate the country’s sustainable development through export promotion. The five-year National Export Strategy focuses on seven priority sectors: beans, pulses and oil crops; garments; forestry products; rice; fisheries; rubber and tourism. Director General of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization said textile and garment sector sees progress while agriculture sector needs a boost.

    • 02 Feb 2017 - lapressenews.tn

      Textile et habillement : Un secteur en mutation
      Pour pallier l’insuffisance du métier de « chef de produit », un nouveau BTS « chef de produit » sera bientôt lancé Lancé en 2014 en partenariat avec le gouvernement suisse qui a injecté 1,7 million de francs suisses dans sa phase une, le projet Com-Texha, qui prend sous son aile 38 entreprises du secteur textile et habillement, a, depuis, grandi et surtout réussi à réaliser une grande partie de ses promesses, dont la plus importante : améliorer la compétitivité de la chaîne de valeur (de la production à la vente). La première phase du projet (octobre 2014 - mars 2017) s’achève bientôt, et le bilan est plutôt satisfaisant. 38 entreprises, dont 10 se trouvant dans les régions, ont ainsi pu voir plus grand et amorcer des changements dans leur manière d’aborder le marché international. « Nous avons voulu aider ces entreprises à croire en elles et à comprendre qu’au prix du respect de certaines normes et de certaines transformations, elles pouvaient prétendre à la diversification d’abord de leurs sources d’approvisionnement, mais également à la diversification de leurs marché », nous explique Naceur Bouyahia, responsable national du projet Com-Texha, financé par le secrétariat d’Etat à l’Economie suisse et exécuté par le Centre du commerce international (ITC), Agence technique des Nations unies et de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce en partenariat avec le ministère de l’Industrie et du Commerce (point focal de l’ITC) ainsi qu’un ensemble d’institutions professionnelles à l’instar de la Fenatex, Mfcpole, Cepex, Cettex

    • 28 Jan 2017 - haberler.com

      10 milyon dolar iş hacmi yaratılması bekleniyor!
      Dünyanın 68 farklı ülkesinden 400 kadın tedarikçinin katılacağı etkinlikte yaklaşık 10 milyon dolarlık iş hacmi hedefleniyor. Kadın girişimcilere uluslararası pazarlarda yeni iş fırsatları yaratmak amacıyla Birleşmiş Milletler (BM) ve Dünya Ticaret Örgütü (DTÖ)'nün ortak kuruluşu Uluslararası Ticaret Merkezi (ITC) tarafından her yıl düzenlenen Kadın Tedarikçiler Sergi ve Forumu WVEF (Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum), bu yıl Türkiye Kadın Girişimciler Derneği'nin (KAGİDER) işbirliği ve T.C. Ekonomi Bakanlığı'nın desteğiyle Türkiye'de gerçekleşiyor. 23-24 Şubat 2017 tarihlerinde gerçekleştirilecek etkinliğe Türkiye'nin yanı sıra aralarında Meksika, Çin, Nijerya, Fildişi Sahilleri ve Gana gibi ülkelerin bulunduğu 68 farklı ülkeden tekstil, bilişim teknolojileri ve turizm sektöründe faaliyet gösteren 400 kadın tedarikçi katılacak.

    • 25 Jan 2017 - eluniverso.com

      Andinos analizan asociarse para vender más a Europa
      De acuerdo con la representante colombiana Claudia Uribe, del Centro de Comercio Internacional de Ginebra, existen ejemplos de asociación. Pero una de las más importantes sería la exportación de frutas frescas. Explicó que Europa tiene una demanda de 22 millones de toneladas de fruta fresca y que los principales proveedores de estos productos son Costa Rica, Colombia y Ecuador.

    • 24 Jan 2017 - stluciatimes.com

      ITC supports TEPA
      A one week mission to Saint Lucia by a team from the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) commenced on Tuesday January 24th, 2017. The mission has a three-fold purpose to conduct an initial assessment of Saint Lucia’s export development program, meet with stakeholder agencies that are integral to the Saint Lucia’s export development effort, and critically, to strengthen the local capacity to design, implement, monitor and update trade development strategies

    • 20 Jan 2017 - ansa.it

      No a mondo senza cioccolato, progetto aiuta Ghana to begin afresh. But what does 2017 hold for the fashion industry?
      Future Food Institute e Google Food Team tra promotori Chocothon. E' l'obiettivo condiviso da Future Food Institute, Google Food Team e International Trade Centre, con il supporto di Business School Lausanne, nel progetto Chocothon che nasce per supportare la catena di produzione del cacao in Ghana. L'annuncio oggi ad Accra dove è corso, fino al 22 gennaio, un meeting internazionale che ha riunisce esperti della materia, stakeholder e ricercatori da tutto il mondo all'insegna della sostenibilità di una produzione centrale per il paese e non solo, ma che attualmente presenta numerose criticità.

    • 20 Jan 2017 - ecouterre.com

      Another year, another opportunity to begin afresh. But what does 2017 hold for the fashion industry?
      We asked more than 40 eco-fashion movers and shakers, including an overseer of a multi-brand conglomerate, Greenpeace campaigner, a founding dean, a fashion compliance attorney, a vegan footwear designer, a “slow fashion” boutique owner, and a few of our media comrades in arms to play soothsayer and offer predictions for the year ahead. Simone Cipriani (Ethical Fashion Initiative) - Migration and widespread conflict (a real third world war) are the challenges of today. The fashion value chain is one of the biggest employers (and exploiters) of people in the developing world. It is high time for all those who are engaged in it to realize their potential to bring about decent work and living conditions and thus to contribute towards reducing conflict and illegal migration (which benefits mainly human traffickers). 2017 may be the year of awakening and awareness or that of irresponsibility and business as usual.

    • 19 Jan 2017 - newtimes.co.rw

      Rwanda to introduce own product barcodes in March
      The Private sector Federation (PSF) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs have launched a countrywide campaign to promote use of barcodes as the country prepares to introduce its own barcodes in March. A barcode is an optical, machine-readable, representation of data; the data usually describes something about the object that carries the barcode. Barcodes are used to encode products, serial and batch numbers as one of the best practices to ensure competitiveness, especially in global markets.

    • 09 Jan 2017 - huffingtonpost.com

      Ethical Fashion Becomes The Rule.
      The Celebrity Wishmaker Simonetta Lein Meets Designer Ilaria Venturini Fendi - I then accepted the invitation by the ITC, to continue my work in Africa moving to a hub located in Nairobi, Kenya. There, under the responsibility of Simone Cipriani, a community mostly made of disadvantaged women, was already manufacturing textile items. With the ITC I shared the same philosophy which can be summed up by the motto “Not charity, just work” (so often printed on my bags), that very well expresses the project’s objective focused on the creation of job opportunities for future independent micro-entrepreneurs.

    • 06 Jan 2017 - 20min.ch

      L'Organisation mondiale du tourisme s'installe
      Le tourisme mondial pourra s'appuyer sur une représentation dans la ville du bout du lac, dès mardi. Un bureau de l'institution spécialisée de l'ONU en charge du domaine, dont le siège se trouve à Madrid, sera inauguré officiellement mardi, à Genève. L'Organisation mondiale du tourisme (OMT) va s'établir dans les locaux du Centre du commerce international (ITC), organisation conjointe de l'ONU et de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC), a appris l'ats vendredi. Elle devrait employer dans un premier temps trois personnes.

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