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    With the right policies, host countries can benefit from refugees’ skills..

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    How start-up kits help refugees launch their own enterprises..

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    Despite being labelled a burden, refugees are more likely to providean economic opportunity for their host countries..

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    Through collaboration across the cotton supply chain, the Better Cotton initiative is helping develop a more resilient sector, writes Ruchira Joshi...

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    More must be done to ensure that development policies provide decent working conditions for people producing goods and services, writes Dominik Ziller...

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    Upholding compliance with labour standards in the garment industry means safer and better jobs, writes Dan Rees...

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    In Ethiopia, the cotton industry is experiencing a revival, helping provide sustainable jobs and incomes for more and more people...

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    ITC is helping connect India with East African markets. That’s a win-win solution for traders on both sides of the Indian Ocean, writes Susanna Pak..

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    Indian demand for leather goods outstrips supply. A solution to the shortage lies just across the ocean: partnering with East African businesses, which have materials to meet the need and a desire to upgrade their countries’ leather sector.This.....

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    International Trade Forum talks fashion and development with Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean on who she made the leap from catwalk to drawing boardTrade Forum: You started off as a model before deciding to design clothes and accessories yourself......

    the power of fashion

    Women’s economic empowerment and fashion took centre stage at the United Nations’ New York headquarters on 22 September during a luncheon hosted and chaired by Arancha González, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC). The Women.....

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    Emerging from decades of international isolation, Myanmar is embarking upon a new chapter in its history led by political and economic reforms. According to U Pwint San, the Southeast Asian country’s Deputy Minister of Commerce, it is trade that is moving.....

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    Jordanian designer Nadia Dajani does not only create beautiful jewellery but also employs women, who might otherwise not have such opportunities...

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    Thanks to ITC’s Trade Support and Regional Integration Programme for the Côte d’Ivoire (PACIR), 10 companies from the West African country held meetings with professional buyers and sold their products in Paris last summer...

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    June 2014 marked ITC’s 50th Anniversary which was celebrated in Geneva with high-level panel discussions, a cocktail reception and fashion show featuring the latest designs by Stella Jean..

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    The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the only Aid for Trade programme exclusively dedicated to LDCs, lifts people out of poverty and puts communities on a path towards sustainable development, writes EIF Executive Secretariat Ratnaka Radhika Ri...

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    Beneficiaries of the ITC Women and Trade textiles and garments project attended a capacity building workshop at Parsons The New School for Design in New York...

    Peru

    Thanks to international partners such as ITC, Peru’s exports are now thriving, writes Magali Silva..

    Small steps towards a big renaissance

    A decade after the civil war ended, Liberia is now slowly but surely on its long way towards economic recovery..

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    ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative is bringing the energy and creativity of Ghana’s budding designers to the fore...

    Crafting economic independence for women.

    Creating sustainable employment through trade in rural villages in Viet Nam, more than doubling the income of thousands of people...

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    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers..

    Lifting people out of poverty

    Supporting African countries to achieve economic development and growth through trade and job creation...

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    Connecting microproducers with the international fashion industry to build self-respect and better lives..

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    Preserving traditional skills and cultures through sustainable community businesses in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Peru..

    The relationship between trade and gender has been hotly debated. Some say that globalization has excluded or impoverished women, causing disproportionate job losses due to the influx of foreign goods into domestic markets. Others argue that increased.....

    The role of women in Somaliland, the north-western territory of Somalia, has changed dramatically since the country’s long-time dictator was overthrown in 1991, prompting the collapse of the economy and leaving scores of men unemployed. While men still.....

    The story of Art Atlas Peru is proof that shrewd business and a commitment to social welfare can go hand in hand. Art Atlas Peru is an ecological and socially driven enterprise that produces sweaters and cardigans from the highest quality natural fibres,.....

    ITC’s Cotton Development Initiative uses South-South cooperation to make Africa a stronger competitor in the international cotton trade. It has two major focus areas: facilitating learning and collaboration with countries that have successfully built.....

    Cotton is one success of Zambia’s turn towards a market economy and offers a powerful tool for poverty reduction. Until recently, the industry had been dominated by the foreign-owned private sector that dictated prices and marketing arrangements for.....

    The potential of the private sector to reduce poverty is well recognized; however, this has not been evident in the fashion industry. Fashion is one of the most globalized sectors, providing employment to more than 60 million people, mainly women and.....

    When I opened the 31st formal, and final, Working Party on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO, jubilation and excitement were in the air. It was among the most eagerly awaited events at the WTO, bringing to a close 18 years of talks between.....

    Introduced in the early 1900s, cotton farming in Kenya did not expand greatly until the 1970s. At that time, cotton was identified by the government as a crucial crop to fight poverty in the country, and at least 20 ginneries were established. The industry’s.....

    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakersCOTTON AND CLIMATE CHANGE:  Impacts and options to mitigate and adaptCotton production is both a contributor to and a ‘victim’ of climate.....

    Resources on trade and export development for exoprters, trade support institutions and policymakers..

    Increasingly, as European manufacturers face fierce competition from new Asian sources, suppliers are looked to as sources of competitive advantage. This article discusses the strategic role that differentiated purchasing and supply management represents.....

    Gap Inc. is one of the world's largest clothing retailers. It is also an industry leader in ethical sourcing and supply chain management through a social responsibility programme that advocates human rights as an essential component of quality and standards management...

    Africa has traditionally been an important cotton production base. Before the textiles and clothing quota phase-out, cotton markets were mainly in Europe. Today almost 80% of world cotton fibre is processed into yarn in Asia. In contrast, fibre transformation rates in Africa are at a historic low. Thus, on average, 83% of sub-Saharan African cotton is exported as lint, almost exclusively through international merchants to Asia...

    In East Africa, an ITC Ethical Fashion project is demonstrating that international quality and standards can be met, even in the most remote and impoverished communities...

    Arequipa, Peru's second most industrialized city and commercial hub, supplies 85% of the world's alpaca fibre. Recognizing the export potential of women entrepreneurs in the Arequipa alpaca textile and clothing sector, ITC - together with the Peruvian Export and Tourism Promotion Commission (PROMPERU) - developed a project to strengthen their capacity to penetrate international markets more competitively. The project approach focused on three key areas: design and product development; market access; and business development and marketing strategies...

    The past decade has seen tourism drive poverty reduction, especially in Africa. Investments in the tourism industry have led to new employment opportunities and increased income for poor communities situated close to tourist destinations as a result of tourists spending more time and money in these areas. Indeed, developments in the tourism industry and its related value chains have resulted in notable increases in trade through tourism...

    Africa is emerging as an attractive investment destination and a key market for goods and services. Southern Africa, in particular, has changed significantly in the past decade showing a reduction in levels of indebtedness, an increase in the number of politically stable and democratic countries and solid measures to curb corruption...

    Managers of enterprises feel the effects of economic uncertainty in their home markets and struggle to interpret the changing economic climate and the direction change will take. For those fortunate to have effective trade support institutions (TSIs), finding a way forward is easier. The mandate of TSIs is to support the efforts of entrepreneurs and to find practical ways to help them compete effectively. As South-South trade grows regional, TSIs are taking up the challenge and finding ways to make a difference...

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