Services constitute the largest sector in the global economy, accounting for 70% of global GDP, 60% of global employment and 46% of global exports measured in value-added terms. It is difficult to imagine businesses today operating without efficient services, such as telecom, internet, finance, accounting, legal services and transportation and logistics.
As services are becoming increasingly “tradable” thanks to advancement in the technology, international services trade has become the new frontier for expanding and diversifying exports, providing significant opportunities for developing and least developed countries (LDCs) . WTO statistics show that the share of developing economy services export increased from 24% in 2005 to 32% in 2015, and the share of LDCs in global services export increased from 0.4% in 2005 to 0.8% in 2015. Increased services export from the LDCs is an important contributor of meeting the sustainable development goals of doubling the export from LDCs by 2020.
Recognizing the important role of services trade in generating income, employment and economic opportunities, ITC is committed to mainstream services in all aspects of its work. Our projects in services trade help to build supply capacity and connect services SMEs to the international market. Policymakers, trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) and SMEs can benefit from a wide range of products and services, including market intelligence, research and policy analysis, awareness-raising activities, trainings and workshops, public-private dialogues, business match-making, among others. Key areas of ITC activities are tourism, IT & ITES and e-commerce, which represent great potentials for developing countries and LDCs to expand services export and attract foreign investment.
ITC champions SME e-commerce at UNCTAD E-commerce week- 2019 – Geneva, 1-5 April 2019
1-5 April 2019
ITC supports MSMEs to participate in the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE) – Shanghai, 5-10 November 2019
5-10 November 2019
Services MSMEs from developing countries explore Chinese market at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE)
5-10 November 2018
ITC at CIFTIS 2018
28 May-1 June 2018
ITC at UNCTAD E-commerce week 2018
6-20 April 2018
ITC at the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference
10-13 December 2017
ITC at the WTO Public Forum 2017
26 Sept 2017
ITC is invited to speak in a number of sessions at the WTO Public Forum.
ITC at the sixth Aid for Trade Global Review
24 - 28 April 2017
ITC experts will participate on panels covering issues ranging from tourism to digital economy...
ITC at UNCTAD E-commerce week
ITC is invited to speak at several sessions at the UNCTAD E-commerce week: inclusive development and E-commerce, digital commerce, gender dimension of E-commerce...
ITC speaks at the Graduate Institute: E-commerce in rural China and developing countries
26 April 2017
ITC is invited to speak at the Graduate Institute on the session "E-commerce in rural China and developing countries".
ITC, OIF, Ministry of Trade launch ‘Made in Senegal’
The International Trade Centre (ITC), the International Organisation of la francophonie (OIF) and the Ministry of Trade of Senegal have announced that they will step up support to young entrepreneurs in Senegal.
ITC and Diplo Foundation joint e-learning course on E-commerce
ITC and Diplo Foundation jointly developed an online course aimed at policymakers and other stakeholders intending to embrace a strategic approach to e-commerce.
ITC launches an e-learning course on trade in services
This course introduces participants to the different aspects of competitiveness in trade in services, with the aim of identifying specific actions to enhance it.
UNWTO opens Geneva liaison office at premises of ITC headquarters
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) opened its liaison office in Geneva on 10 January 2017.
WTO Public Forum: SME Participation in GVCs
ITC together with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Bank organized a session on “SME Participation in GVCs: Best Practices for Capacity Building”.
MIKTA Workshop: The WTO and Agenda 2030
MIKTA countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia) organized a workshop on “WTO and Agenda 2030” on 12 October 2016 at the WTO.
02 Nov 2018
Guide to Chinese private investment in Africa: Insights from SME competitiveness surveys
13 Apr 2018
What sells in e-commerce: New evidence from Asian LDCs
25 Sept 2017
New Pathways to E-commerce: A Global MSME Competitiveness Survey
22 Aug 2017
Status, Opportunities and Challenges of BRICS e-commerce
28 Jul 2017
BRICS countries: Emerging players in global services trade
UNWTO-ITC National Tourism Export Strategies
26 May 2016
Bringing SMEs onto the E-Commerce Highway
ITC supports MSMEs to participate in the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE)
ITC at CIFTIS 2018
16-20 April 2018
ITC at Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference
11- 13 Jul 2017
24 - 28 Apr 2017
23 July 2018: Tourism and E-commerce
29 May 2018: E-learning courses and CIIE
13 Apr 2018: e-commerce
16 Mar 2018: e-commerce
7 Dec 2017: e-commerce
27 Sept 2017: e-commerce
10 Jul 2017: tourism
E-commerce for SMEs: An Introduction for Policymakers
Building Competitiveness in Trade in Services
Standards and Certifications for IT and ITES Outsourcing