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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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