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13 Sept 2017 - Quartz and other sources
China wants to import Israel’s vegan meat technologyChina 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 commerceL’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 projectSince 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 HEADFor 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 TRADEArancha 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 investmentsSupporting 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 marketExporters 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 marketWith 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’ITCÀ 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 RwandaRwanda’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 storeThe 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 marketsAfghan 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 TradeAs 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 VenuprasadAhmedabad, 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 coopérationKigali: 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 MoUAzerbaijan 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 regionThe 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 futureFashion 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 ColombiaEl 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’OuestLa 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 campaignerThe 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 AlgérieUn 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- 2022Saint 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 projectsin 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 StrategyAfghanistan 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 powerThe 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 lancéLe 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 STRATEGYMyanmar’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 mutationPour 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 EuropaDe 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 TEPAA 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 MarchThe 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'installeLe 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.
13 Dec 2016 - ypard.net
CHOCOTHON: Towards a shared-value platform for sustainable cocoa supply chainsThis initiative is based on a partnership between the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Google Food Lab (GFL), Business School Lausanne (BSL ), Future Food Institute and the Crowdfooding platform. The knowledge partners are Googlers Give Global Leadership Program, Google Accra, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and the Media partners: Food Inspiration and Food Tech Connect.
12 Dec 2016 - zawya.com
IsDB workshop calls for the commercialization of Trans-Saharan road corridorRelevant regional and international organizations and development institutions were also present at the event including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Center for Transportation Studies in Western Mediterranean (CETMO), Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Trade Center (ITC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the World Bank.
14 Dec 2016 - rts.ch
Au service de la planète : Économie au féminin Vanessa Erogbogbo, ITC : « En termes de croissance économique, nous constatons que les pays qui offrent des opportunités professionnelles aux femmes sont plus compétitifs. »
7 Dec 2016 - law360.com
EU Cos. Still Facing Significant Nontariff Barriers: StudyA joint study published on Thursday by the International Trade Centre and the European Commission found that more than one-third of companies, mostly of the small and medium-sized variety, based in the European Union face nontariff restraints and red tape that hinder their ability to export goods.
7 Dec 2016 - monitor.co.ug
Government to promote leather industryDeveloping Uganda’s leather industry would be a step towards industrialisation. That is why Uganda Leather and Allied Industries Association (ULAIA) are in talks with India to develop the country’s local industries into producers of finished products. Developing Uganda’s leather industry would be a step towards industrialisation. That is why Uganda Leather and Allied Industries Association (ULAIA) are in talks with India to develop the country’s local industries into producers of finished products. If deals which are coordinated by the International Trade Centre Supporting Indian Trade and Investment in Africa (SITA) project are signed, Uganda will cut back on the import bill, get more revenue, create new jobs and reduce poverty.
30 Nov 2016 - en.people.cn
China to remain world’s biggest textile exporter in next decade Experts said at a recent seminar that China has become the biggest textile exporter in the world, and will likely maintain this position for at least the next decade. Joseph Wozniak, head of Trade for Sustainable Development at the International Trade Centre (ITC), said at a high-level forum about sustainable China-EU supply chains that China’s exportation of textile products to global markets has increased eight-fold since it joined the WTO. Jiang Hui, chairman of China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), added that China would likely remain the world’s biggest textile exporter in the next decade.
30 Nov 2016 - eluxemagazine.com
FEMINISM IN FASHION: WOMEN FOR WOMEN ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. With initiatives spreading from countries all over Africa, to Haiti, to the West Bank and Cambodia, the Ethical Fashion Initiative harnesses fashion design and production as a vehicle for positive social, financial, sustainable change for women garment workers.
29 Nov 2016 - pajhwok.com
EU-funded initiative to boost Afghanistan’s trade capacityFunded by the European Union, a three-year trade assistance initiative seeking to speed up Afghanistan’s integration in international commerce was unveiled in Kabul on Tuesday. The initiative, Afghanistan: trade for economic growth and regional cooperation (ATEG), is aimed at boosting the country’s trade capacity and creating a business-friendly environment, officials said. Afghanistan and its regional partners becoming a vibrant regional economic hub is a long-term goal of the €4.5 million project that will use trade as a lever for economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction and enhancing regional cooperation. The project, which follows the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, will be implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
21 Nov 2016 - just-style.com
Origin Africa highlights apparel sourcing ambitions Last year all eyes at Origin Africa were on host country Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub for international apparel groups. This year attention switched to the return of Madagascar to the apparel export stage, with the island nation off the southeast coast of Africa bouncing back after the US reinstated its AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) beneficiary status in 2014. African entrepreneurs - Another focus of Origin Africa was to highlight the potential of female entrepreneurs. While the majority of decision-makers in large African apparel companies are men, women mostly run SMEs such as small design or handicraft companies. But thanks to the She Trades Initiative of the Geneva-based International Trade Center (ITC), micro and small businesses are being helped to grow into small brands.
26 Nov 2016 - oananews.org
ITPO and ITC sign an MoU on technology cooperation Iran Trade Promotion Organization and International Trade Center (ITC), an specialized agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade signed a memorandum of understanding on technology cooperation. Head of Iran Trade Promotion Organization Mojtaba Khosrow-Taj and the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) Arancha González signed the MoU on the sidelines of the 11th Conference on Trade Promotion Organizations in Morocco. The MoU focused on drafting a strategy for promotion of national exports, performance adaptability study, activities of Iran Trade Promotion Organization with similar organizations of the world, planning and running of practical educational courses for commercial attaché in the foreign markets, capacity-building in small and medium sized companies active in market analysis and trade intelligence along with expansion of joint cooperation on dissemination of information and commercial education.
26 Nov 2016 - leseco.ma
PROMOTION DU COMMERCE : COMMENT MIEUX RENTABILISER LES INVESTISSEMENTS ? Pour la deuxième fois, en l’espace de 16 ans, l’Afrique accueille la 11e conférence mondiale des Organismes de promotion du commerce (OPC). Organisée par Maroc Export (Centre marocain de promotion des exportations), l’événement qui se tient encore cette année à Marrakech, a été ouvert en grande pompe jeudi 24 novembre, par Mamoun Bouhdoud, ministre délégué auprès du ministre de l’Industrie, du commerce, de l’investissement et de l’économie numérique, en présence de Mukhisa Kituyi, secrétaire générale de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED), d'Arancha Gonzales, directrice exécutive du Centre du commerce international, de Zahra Maafiri, directrice générale de Maroc Export et des représentants de plus de 300 OPC en provenance des Amériques, d’Europe, d’Asie et d’Afrique.
25 Nov 2016 - journaux.ma
Les capacités exportatrices des PME sous la loupe à MarrakechLa onzième Conférence mondiale du réseau des Organismes de promotion du commerce (OPC) a eu lieu, les 24 et 25 novembre à Marrakech, avec la participation de plus de 150 leaders de la promotion du commerce et des investissements en provenance de 70 pays des quatre coins du globe. La directrice exécutive de l’ITC, Arancha Gonzalez, a abondé dans le même sens en plaidant pour davantage de coopération entre les OPC dans l’optique de se constituer en groupes régionaux et de s’adapter à une économie mondiale en pleine évolution. La technologie, qui a renforcé l’émergence de chaînes de valeur régionales et mondiales, offre aux PME de nouvelles opportunités de tirer parti du commerce et des investissements internationaux, a-t-elle dit.
25 Nov 2016 - it.euronews.com
Morocco's moves to aid SMEs in the digital eraMorocco is increasingly at the forefront of Africa’s charge to bring business leaders together to discuss the future of trade in today’s fast changing world. To that end, Marrakesh has been playing host to the Trade Promotion Organisation World Conference. Zahra Maafiri, chief executive officer, Maroc Export explains: “The aim of this conference is to strengthen the role of trade organizations to boost and develop the exports and investments in all countries, especially in Africa, because they are the link in between the government strategies and between the private sector”
24 Nov 2016 - banking.einnews.com
GERMANY RENEWS FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO ITCThe Government of Germany has announced that it will make available €1.9 million of funding to the International Trade Centre (ITC) in 2017. The funding will be used to strengthen ITC's capacities to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a greater role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
24 Nov 2016 - industrie.com
DES VISITEURS QUALIFIÉS SUR ALL4PACK Grâce au partenariat avec le Centre de commerce international (ITC) de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU), All4Pack a ainsi accueilli sur son Plateau TV des personnalités telles que Joseph Nyongesa en charge de l’Institute of Packaging Professionals du Kenya, Ahmed A. Omah, vice-président d’African Packaging Organisation et directeur de la rédaction de Nigeria Packaging édité par l’Institute of Packaging Nigeria, ou encore El Amine Serhani, le président de la Fédération nationale de l'e-commerce du Maroc (Fnem). Martine Pinville a également répondu à l’appel de ce grand rendez-vous le 15 novembre “pour rencontrer les acteurs français de la filière et saluer leur agilité et leur capacité d’innovation”.
20 Nov 2016 - sundaytimes.lk
Trade liberalisation the key to export growth, more foreign investmentsThough Sri Lanka is keen to pursue economic growth and the efforts are commendable, more needs to be done to boost exports and attract foreign investment for which trade liberalisation is required. This was stated by Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and to the Maldives when he addressed the launch of EU-Sri Lanka Trade-related Assistance; increasing SMEs Trade Competitiveness in Regional and EU Markets in Colombo this week. The EU has launched a EUR 8 million (Rs. 1.3 billion) project to help Sri Lanka increase its trade competitiveness in regional and EU markets. The project will be implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Department of Commerce. Nv
15 Nov 2016 - entornointeligente.com
"Colombia a la Carta": plataforma para que productores contacten a compradores de todo el mundoEste programa, se enmarca en una iniciativa presentada a la Organización de las Naciones Unidas por el Centro de Comercio Internacional (ITC), el Pacto Mundial de las Naciones Unidas y la organización mundial de estándares sin fines de lucro (GS1) denominada standards maps , con la cual se busca avanzar en el objetivo mundial de desarrollo sostenible, que es acabar con el hambre , lograr la seguridad alimentaria y mejorar la nutrición y promover la agricultura sostenible.
15 Nov 2016 - colombogazette.com
EU and the UN launch project to support trade in Sri LankaEU Sri LankaThe European Union today launched a EUR 8 million project that will help Sri Lanka increase its trade competitiveness in regional and European markets. The project will be implemented over a period of four years by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Department of Commerce.
14 Nov 2016 - brussels.cta.int
EC-ITC: call for better-informed decision-making for trade & developmentThe European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are working together to support businesses – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises – and trade in developing countries. The Director-General of DG DEVCO, Stefano Manservisi, met ITC Executive Director Arancha González in Brussels on 9 November to discuss how better-informed decision-making can support the private sector and trade in developing countries and related aid delivery. Reflecting upon international trade, investment and official development assistance as important means to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, they concluded that three particular areas would deserve further attention and efforts: a robust understanding of value chains and downstream markets that can enhance project design and impact; pilot projects that can successfully connect micro, small and medium-sized enterprises making the case for initiatives that can encourage market transformation; and evidence-based dialogue for an enhanced business and regulatory environment. Manservisi said that ‘working in these areas can make an important contribution to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement’.
14 Nov 2016 - punchng.com
FG plans special tax for SMEs The Federal Government is in the process of designing a special tax for Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in the country as a way of ameliorating the challenges of multiple taxation being faced by operators in the sector. The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, who disclosed this in Lagos on Sunday during the maiden edition of the Simply Nigerian Fair, said the government intended to leverage on technology to put in place a system of taxation that would target the SME sector. Abubakar said, “I am impressed by the creativity displayed by these young entrepreneurs. Most of their products can be exported. I have encouraged them to work closely with the government. I have also introduced them to the She Trade, which is under the International Trade Centre for women-owned indigenous businesses.
11 Nov 2016 - allaboutshipping.co.uk
A new tourist destination beckons in Myanmar Myanmar, seen by travel operators as one of the world’s most promising tourist magnets, attracted more than 5m international visitors in 2015. Hardly any of them got as far as the hilly eastern state of Kayah, but that is set to change in a modest and measured way. The tourism push – with the stated aim of being effected with minimum disruption, and respecting local culture and the environment – is the result of a collaboration since 2014 between the International Trade Centre , in partnership with the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, and Myanmar Tourism Marketing. ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging economies to become more competitive in global markets
10 Nov 2016 - lapresse.tn
Made in Tunisia Douze à treize mille personnalités tunisiennes et étrangères participeront à la fin de ce mois à la Conférence internationale sur l’investissement. Le Centre du commerce international annonce qu’un plan d’action sera prochainement lancé, pour préparer la mise en place d’un label pour le denim (jeans) tunisien. 600 entreprises tunisiennes opèrent dans la branche denim, employant près 70.000 personnes; elles représentent 30% des entreprises du secteur textile-habillement. Parmi elles, 90% travaillent entièrement pour l’exportation.
10 Nov 2016 - bistandsaktuelt.no
Netthandel tar av i AfrikaNetthandel øker raskt i flere afrikanske land. Nigeria ligger i front i utviklingen. – Veksten har vært fenomenal, sier direktør Juliet Anammah i landets største netthandelsselskap, Jumia. Afrikanske konsumenter kaster seg over netthandel i takt med større tilgang på mobiltelefoner og internett. Ifølge en rapport fra FN-organisasjonen International Trade Center (ITC) kan omsetningen innen netthandel og andre typer e-handel i Afrika nå 400 milliarder kroner årlig i 2018. Omsetningen vil da være åtte ganger høyere enn i 2013. Det kan gi store muligheter for afrikansk næringsliv, ifølge ITC. Når stadig flere handler på nett, gir det ikke minst en åpning for små og mellomstore bedrifter til å nå ut til et mye større marked. (Online shopping takes off in Africa - E-Commerce is growing rapidly in several African countries. Nigeria is at the forefront. - The growth has been phenomenal, says director Juliet Anammah in the country's largest e-commerce company, Jumi. African consumers folds of commerce in line with greater access to mobile phones and the internet. According to a report from the UN agency International Trade Center (ITC) may turnover in e-commerce and other e-commerce in Africa reach $ 400 billion per year in 2018. Revenue will be eight times higher than in 2013. It can provide great opportunities for African businesses, according to ITC. When increasing number of shopping online, it does not provide at least one opening for small and medium businesses to reach out to a much larger market.
08 Nov 2016 - WTO
New global trade alert system launched to boost market access for developing countriesUN, WTO and ITC develop new “ePing” system to promote trade. A new online alert system designed to help government agencies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) keep track of the latest information on regulatory requirements for international trade was launched today (8 November) by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
07 Nov 2016 - thisdaylive.com
Raising Africa’s Transformers The Tony Elumelu Foundation has made giant strides in raising young African entrepreneurs to transform the continent, writes Peter Uzoho. Over the years, Africa has been grappling with different forms of socio-economic problems, ranging from poverty, illiteracy, inequality, to general under-development, and this has made it difficult and almost impossible for African young men and women, gifted with talents, creativity and potentials, that can help change the face of the continent, to realise their goals. Ironically, these problems were self-inflicted, because for decades, government of African countries have not done enough to liberate their people from this age-long bondage, in spite of huge resources available to them. Also, the concept of giving in the continent has been such that one gives to make the recipient perpetually dependent, subservient and impoverished, rather than given to empower people economically. These have over time, made the world to perceive Africans as second class citizens, who are not worthy to be counted in the global stage. He also announced partnerships with regional institutions like the African Development Bank, ECOWAS, and others, including Coca Cola, the International Trade Centre, the Nigerian Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, and the Ivorian Ministry of Entrepreneurship.
3 Nov 2016 - guineenews.org
La Guinée veut exporter sa mangue: la compétitivité de la filière au centre d’un forum à Conakry -Les acteurs de la filière mangue guinéenne sont réunis depuis mercredi 2 octobre dans un réceptif de Conakry pour parler de la compétitivité de la mangue guinéenne sur le marché international mangue-en-chips.Une étude a déjà été menée sur cette compétitivité. La réunion de deux jours, qui a débuté ce mercredi, doit valider les résultats de cette étude menée par des experts du Centre du Commerce International (CCI). Elle connaît la participation des producteurs, transformateurs, commerçants, exportateurs… A l'issue de sa validation, l'étude devrait permettre d'identifier des axes d'amélioration à poursuivre pour mettre à niveau la filière mangue en Guinée.
03 Nov 2016 - agenda.ge
Georgia to benefit from Eastern Partnership export programGeorgia is getting fully involved in an export promotion program set to launch in summer 2017 that will boost the foreign awareness and global sales of locally made goods. The export promotion program was designed for six eastern European countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine - all members of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP). Georgia, as an EaP member, will directly benefit from the projects that support small and medium-sized entrepreneurs to get involved in the international trade network. To achieve this Georgia has been receiving support from the International Trade Centre (ITC). A delegation from the ITC visited Georgia yesterday to negotiate with local authorities about creating an export promotion plan for specific exported products. nv
02 Nov 2016 - Frontier Myanmar
Kayah State opens up to the world Two decades after the first foreign visitors arrived, Kayah State is finally embracing tourism – but more investment is needed to build on the early promise. … In 2014, the International Trade Centre, in partnership with the tourism ministry, initiated a US$1.9 million program to develop sustainable tourism in Kayah State. The program aims to create job opportunities and improve incomes for local communities. It also provides training in food quality and safety as well as service management. ITC has also initiated a tourism development program in Pan Pet, a cluster of villages in Kayah State…. The ITC program aims to encourage the women back by providing training on how to make local crafts and market them. It also promotes half- or full-day tours in the village and the surrounding area. But rather than designed for tourists to stare at the Kayan women, it aims to teach visitors about their traditions.
01 Nov 2016 - libya-businessnews.com
NEW LIBYA ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME LAUNCHEDThe International Trade Centre (ITC) and Expertise France have just launched the Libya Entrepreneurship Programme. Financed by the European Union, the programme will provide six-week training courses for young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Libya through an online portal. With record high unemployment and a domestic economy that continues to be dependent on oil-related activities, supporting youth in creating and developing private businesses is crucial to ensure a more stable Libya.
31 Oct 2016 - theeagleonline.com.ng
ELUMELU: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ONLY PATH TO INDEPENDENCE, SUSTAINABILITY He also announced partnerships with regional and international companies and institutions such as the African Development Bank; ECOWAS; Coca Cola; the International Trade Centre; Nigeria’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism; and Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Entrepreneurship. The two-day forum buzzed with energy as entrepreneurs shared and gained knowledge built cross-border partnerships, and connected with investors and policymakers, fulfilling the goal of fostering innovation and collaboration between entrepreneurs from across Africa. On Day One, attendees benefited from masterclasses on traditional and alternative means of financing, sales and marketing, as well as sector specific workshops and an in-depth session on Africapitalism – Elumelu’s economic philosophy that identifies the leading role of Africa’s private sector, including its entrepreneurs, in Africa’s transformation.
26 Oct 2016 - huntnews.in
EEU entry increases demand for local Kyrgyz apparel Orders to the local clothing industry in Kyrgyzstan have surged drastically since its entry into the Eurasian Economic Union in August 2015, according to the Kyrgyz Association of Light Industry (Legprom). This increase is despite US dollar appreciation and depreciation of the Russian ruble against the Kyrgyz som affecting Kyrgyz exports. The Kyrgyz garment industry also gets help from the Swiss Government, which in association with the International Trade Centre trains local producers in management, marketing and clothes design. The programme includes 175 garment enterprises, of which, at least 50 per cent have participated in international exhibitions.
15 Oct 2016 - sdasia.co and other outlets
Seedstars World To Be Held in Dhaka on 19th October- Seedstars World, a global competition for the startups from emerging markets, is going to be held in Dhaka on 19th October 2016. This is a great opportunity to promote the tech startups in Bangladesh, especially those in the domains of FinTech and EduTech. The local partners of the event are- BetterStories, Digital World 2016, International Trade Centre, BD Venture Ltd, ICT Division, CBI, Bangladesh Computer Council and Digital Bangladesh. nv
14 Oct 2016 - ft.lk
Thumbs up for trade!Companies from Australia, France, Thailand, Switzerland, Pakistan and India had expressed interest in investing and starting joint ventures with Sri Lankan companies at the conclusion of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) yesterday, which gave special focus to SMEs and fostering direct engagement between businesses, officials said yesterday. “Many other business decisions would likely be made over the next few months or even longer. This was an opportunity for them to meet and relationships can be forged over a longer time for many of them,” International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González told reporters at the end of the forum adding that Sri Lanka has great potential for south-south trade given the trade policies adopted by the Government.
13 Oct 2016 - island.lk
Private sector ‘glass ceiling too tough for women’ says EDB chairpersonRing the Bell for SheTrades initiative’ at the Colombo Stock Exchange yesterday. Sujeewa Senasinghe, State Minister for International Trade, Ms. Indira Malwatte- chairperson and Chief Executive of the EDB, Executive Director of the ITC Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Vajira Kulathilake, chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange, Uvindyani Hettiarachchi ( member- WCIC), Ms. Rifa Mustafa, chairperson, WCIC. Executive Director, ITC Ms. Arancha Gonzalez said," SheTrades initiative was launched in 2015 as part of ITC's effort to support United Nations member states achieve Goal 5 – to empower all women and girls – of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aims to connect one million women entrepreneurs to the global market by 2020.
13 Oct 2016 - dailynews.lk and Ceylon Daily news
World economic centre of gravity moving to Asia: GonzálezInternational Trade Centre (ITC), Executive Director Arancha González says Sri Lanka, strategically located at the heart of Indian ocean maritime region, must make efforts to return to its rightful place in the international trading route. She made these views speaking at the World Export Development Forum held in Colombo yesterday under the theme “Trade for Success: Connect; Compete and Change.”The world Export Development Forum organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC). “This is an auspicious moment for ITC as we bring the World Export Development Forum to Sri Lanka this year, a country that has been for centuries in the trading routes between East, West North and South. “Sri Lanka has risen steadily to become a regional trade and business hub over the years and increasing exports and the trade is a vital part of the government’s strategy for economic growth and job.”nv
12 Oct 2016 - lankabusinessonline.com
Social, environmental considerations a must in trade: World Export forumTrading countries should look at multilateral levels with regional trade agreements alongside transformation in investment, trade and services, an official said at the World Export Development Forum in Colombo on Wednesday.“The trade agreements of the 21st century must respond to the economic and social realities of the century,” said Arancha Gonzalez, executive director, International Trade Centre delivering her opening remarks at the forum. “In the trade topography of today, we are seeing production dispersed in value chains that extend around the world.”
07 Oct 2016 - china.org.cn
China to invest heavily in Sri LankaChina is to invest heavily in projects in the country and will also sign a Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka soon, State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said. "Some discrepancies which had been noted by the present Sri Lankan government after it took office last year over deals signed with China have now been resolved and 15000 acres will be allocated for China in the Hambantota area to set up a High Tech Industrial Park,Senasinghe said at a media conference on the World Export Development Forum, which will be held on October 12th and 13th in Colombo.
05 Oct 2016 - guardian.ng
‘How Nigeria’s $300m BPO market can aid growth’With statistics from the International Trade Centre indicating that by 2050, 80 per cent of the work force worldwide will be operating in services, the growing competitive business environment has positioned Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) as a key source of competitive advantage. Worth yearly in Nigeria over $300 million, the country has been urged to tap immensely into the opportunities BPO can offer the economy, especially in job creations and its contributions to lifting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This appeal came from iSON BPO, when it led journalists on a facility tour of its Abeokuta, Ogun State call centre facilities at the weekend.
29 Sep 2016 - qz.com
The great global avocado trade flow chart Avocado prices are on the rise. An increase in US demand and weak production in Mexico and California has left the Americas in short supply of the fruit, with chefs seeking alternatives like sweet potato. On the other side of the world, Australia and New Zealand recently had the same problem. Avocado theft rose in New Zealand along with prices earlier this year. There were nearly 40 large-scale avocado thefts from growers on the north island of New Zealand in the first half of the year, according to The Guardian. ITC stats cited. nv
28 Sep 2016 - monocle.com
The EntrepreneursHirofumi Kurino from United Arrows and Simone Cipriani from the Ethical Fashion Initiative discuss the creative partnership that led them to hitch a ride to Ethiopia. Then the CEO of Oliver Peoples explains why the US eyewear brand is making moves in Europe. And Palida Boonyarungsrit reveals how she’s leveraging her family’s multigenerational history of craft in Thailand to create her very own business.
27 Sep 2016 - qz.com
Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric created a fantastic opportunity for a Mexican beer company Mexicans and their culture are practically mainstream in the US, and not just because there are some 33 million people of Mexican origin living there. Many non-Hispanics, too, are eager consumers of Mexican traditions and products, from piñatas to guacamole and chips—and Mexican beer, sales of which were worth $1.9 billion in 2015, according to data from the International Trade Centre, a joint UN and WTO agency. That makes Mexico the biggest beer exporter to the US by far, according to Euromonitor International.
27 Sep 2016 - gov.uk
Statement delivered at the WTO Public Forum during the launch of the World Trade Report 2016 in Geneva. We will remain a strong advocate for the International Trade Centre’s work in increasing the participation of female entrepreneurs. Increasing the proportion of women in the global workplace is key to stability, security and prosperity. With close to 10 million of the world’s SMEs owned by women, this is a hugely important area for ensuring sustainable economic growth and the fulfilment of our global development goals. I therefore welcome the Centre’s ambition, through the ‘She Trades’ initiative, to help one million female entrepreneurs access markets by 2020.
26 Sep 2016 - Kering.com
NEW DATA RELEASED BY PYTHON CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPNew data released by Python Conservation Partnership. Three new reports published today by the Python Conservation Partnership (PCP), a partnership between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), reveal that the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and results in socioeconomic benefits for poor households in South-East Asia. nv
26 Sep 2016 - vogue.globo.com
SuzyMFW Stella Jean: Streamlining AfricaThe designer modified her caricature of African style and used football as a unifying symbol to make a unique collection. When Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean was first picked out as a winner of Franca Sozzani's Who is on Next? talent competition, she had an upbeat but theatrical vision of Africa and its diaspora. She started with pattern, colour and a sprightly, jokey style. Working with the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre, a United Nations agency, the designer started working with African fabrics handwoven by women in landlocked Burkina Faso and Mali. Her shows were fun, caricaturist and even had beginners' gaffes such as models falling off their high-heels.
22 Sep 2016 - wallstreet-online.de
Palästinensisches Kunsthandwerk für den europäischen MarktPremiere auf dem Bazaar Berlin (FOTO)Dazu ergänzt Klaus Linkenheil, der dieses Projekt als Consultant des International Trade Center (ITC) Genf unterstützt: "Die Unternehmerinnen haben sich im 'Business Women Forum Palestine' zusammengeschlossen, um ihre Produkte einem größeren internationalen Publikum vorzustellen. Der Bazaar Berlin bietet eine hervorragende Plattform für den Einstieg in den europäischen Markt. Das Projekt kann Signalwirkung für die ganze Region entwickeln." Palästinensisches Kunsthandwerk für den europäischen Markt - Premiere auf dem Bazaar Berlin | wallstreet-online.de - Vollständiger Artikel unter.
14 Sep 2016 - thejakartapost.com
INDONESIA MUST DIVERSIFY CHINA TRADEChina has been a major export destination for Indonesian commodities, particularly coal and gas. However, the ongoing global economic slowdown and China’s effort to promote the use of renewable energy has seen a brake being applied on the import of those commodities. In 2013, China imported 266.7 million tons of coal from all over the world but this dropped to 155.9 million tons last year, according to data from the Geneva-based International Trade Center.
02 Sep 2016 - philstar.com
EDC hopes government wraps up talks on MRAs with AseanThe Export Development Council (EDC), through its technical working group (TWG) on non-tariff measures, plans to ask the government to accelerate negotiations on Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with the ASEAN. In June this year, the International Trade Centre released a survey indicating that close to three-quarters of exporters and importers in the Philippines complained that non-tariff measures were a key trade barrier, with the agri-food and low-tech sectors the most affected by these regulations.
31 Aug 2016 - commodafrica.com
David Cordobès, ITC : Pour attirer les jeunes, l'agriculture doit être associée aux "high-tech"Pour David Cordobès, chargé de programme Jeunesse et Commerce au Centre du commerce international (CCI), le jeune qui veut devenir entrepreneur ne pense pas, a priori, à l'agriculture. Il préfère, souvent, se tourner vers ce qui est technologie de pointe, oubliant souvent qu'agriculture et "high-tech" peuvent se conjuguer. Il veut aussi, de plus en plus, que son activité entrepreneuriale soit à visage social. Or, l'agriculture peut répondre aussi à cette exigence, explique le spécialiste à l'occasion du Forum New Generation qui s'est tenu à Yaoundé, au Cameroun, début août. nv
29 Aug 2016 - tunisiait.com
Atelier de formation sur l’efficacité énergétique dans le secteur textile et habillement le 9 septembre 2016Notons que le projet d’appui à la compétitivité de la chaîne de valeurs du secteur textile et habillement (COM-TEXHA) s’inscrivant dans les activités prévues dans le plan de travail et s’appuiera sur l’expérience confirmée des projets d’efficacité énergétique et de formation mise en œuvre dans le cadre de projets précédents du SECO et en particulier le Projet de Production Propre Tunisien (2010-2015), est en partenariat avec les Ministères du Commerce tunisien (Point focal du projet en Tunisie), de la Formation Professionnelle, de l’Industrie de l’énergie et des mines, le Technopole de Monastir (MFCPOLE), le Centre technique du textile (CETTEX), le Centre de promotion des exportations (CEPEX), la Confédération nationale des entreprises citoyennes de Tunisie(CONECT); ii) le Secrétariat d'État à l'économie (SECO) (bailleur de fonds), le Centre du commerce international (ITC) (agence chargée d’exécution du projet), et la Fédération nationale du textile (FENATEX).
04 Aug 2016 - insidestandards.com
ITC, WAQ Launch Global Platform for QualityThe International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the World Trade Organizations and the United Nations, has partnered with the World Alliance for Quality, an organization fostering international cooperation for issues related to quality, to launch the Global Platform for Quality, a joint outreach platform to enable small and medium-sized organizations to meet the growing technical requirements of quality standard
01 Aug 2016 - thecitizen.co.tz
Sunflower oil processors, Indian body join forces The government has already drafted a Sunflower Development Strategy Plan under the auspicious of the Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA). It is a rare opportunity which am encouraging you to use if effectively,” she told the local processors. For his side, the chairman of the Tanzania Sunflower Oil Processor Association (Tasupa), Mr Ringo Iringo, said the development would greatly boosting the sunflower value chain in the zone.nv
27 Jul 2016 - devex.com
Debate, discord mark UN Conference on Trade and Development The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development renewed its mandate at its annual summit last week, aiming to more closely align international trade policies and standards with the new global development agenda. But reaching consensus was not easy. Conference delegates also considered the structure and organization of the summit itself to be a success. “The event was very multifaceted,” said Matthew Wilson, chief of cabinet of the International Trade Center. “From investment topics to a commodities forum, women’s economic empowerment, small and medium-sized enterprise development, all of the key issues were covered,” he added. “There were quite a few [issues addressed] that will be helpful for the international community moving forward and be direct contributors to achieving the SDGs.”
27 Jul 2016 - emansion.gov.lr
President Sirleaf Sees Great Potential for Liberia’s Tourism SectorMonrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told a visiting delegation from the International Trade Center (ITC) that she sees a great and promising potential in Liberia's tourism sector. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 when the ITC delegation led by its Executive Director, Ms. Arancha Gonzalez and Mr. Rahul Bhatnagar; Advisor on Export Strategy paid a courtesy call on her at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
27 Jul 2016 - herald.co.zw
GOVT TO LAUNCH WOMEN’S BANKGovernment will soon launch a women's bank that will provide financial support to small and medium enterprises run by women, a cabinet minister has said. The Ministry of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development in partnership with the International Trade Centre has started collecting data of women business associations and collective enterprises that exist in Zimbabwe with the exercise scheduled to end on August 20.The exercise is being undertaken as part of the European Union trade and private sector development programme assistance being implemented in Zimbabwe.
26 Jul 2016 - arsarpel.com
CAMPER AND THE ETHIOPIAN TRADITIONThe products from the Camper – EFI collaboration, which are only available at selected stores and on the Camper website, stand out for their careful attention to sustainability. In fact the project helps the local people to improve access to employment, knowledge and skills typical of the footwear industry. The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a flagship program of the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Its goal is to empower micro-producers in developing countries by connecting them with the top fashion brands.
26 Jul 2016 - allafrica.com
AFRICA: SME TRADE ACADEMY GETS THUMBS UP FROM PARTICIPANTSTaking an online course through the International Trade Centre's (ITC) SME Trade Academy is good way of improving skills and knowledge - that is the verdict of 325 former participants. Impact levels of the courses offered by the SME Trade Academy were perceived to be 'very high', according to a survey of former students. All of the respondents answered that they had improved their skills and knowledge, 95% answered that they were able to apply the skills gained in online courses at their workplace, and 97% answered that they are currently using their new skills to better serve their clients.
25 Jul 2016 - ft.lk
SWEDISH TRADE DELEGATION ADDS TO GROWING MOMENTUM AHEAD OF WEDF 2016 Strengthening the gathering momentum ahead of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2016, to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 12th and 13th of October, a trade delegation representing Sweden has confirmed their participation. The two-day summit heralded to be an unprecedented benchmark for the export industry of the country, is organised collaboratively by the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). Participation of the Swedish delegation was confirmed at a meeting between Secretary General Leif Ivan Ohlson of the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council headquartered in Stockholm, with EDBChairperson Indira Malwatte, held last week.
22 Jul 2016 - standardmedia.co.ke
EMPOWERING OUR WOMEN TO PROSPERITY women are already leaders when it comes to trade. An International Trade Centre report on “Unlocking Markets for Women to Trade” revealed that, at 46 per cent, Kenya had the highest percentage of exporting firms owned or managed by women of 20 developing countries surveyed. In fact, when International Trade Centre, Google, and Brazilian firm CI&T last year co-sponsored a global tech challenge inviting developers around the world to pitch their ideas for creating an app for the SheTrades initiative, the competition was won by a women-owned Kenyan company, Greenbell Communications.
21 Jul 2016 - publicnow.com
EMPOWERING ETHIOPIAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY Ethiopia is the fifth fastest-growing garment producing country in the world. The textiles sector employs mostly women. ITC works with its local partner, the Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment, to provide women with capacity building, training and support, enabling them to better meet international buyers' requirements.
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