Export Impact For Good

 
Countries / Territories

The ITC Approach

  • approach our approach

    As frontrunners in trade strategy, ITC’s proven process results in a unique strategy tailored to a country’s profile, needs and goals.


    Our process

    ITC works with partner countries to develop unique strategies that are tailored to each country’s needs and goals. The steps to achieving export success are outlined below.

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    1. Assessment: In order to gain an understanding of the country's background, specialised audits are conducted. These assessments provide an understanding of the country's current position, performance and competitiveness. Existing development plans and strategies are reviewed to ensure consistency with existing government objectives.

    2. Identification: ITC and partner countries work with policymakers, trade and investment support institutions, enterprises, and development partners to identify constraints that limit export development, and international market opportunities.

    3. Prioritization: As resources are limited, prioritization is essential. Prioritization is done among sectors and within sectors to identify the best opportunities for sustainable economic growth. Prioritization is also done among key trade support areas as to benefit the whole economy.

    4. Design and action planning: The design of a National Export Strategy results in an agreed Plan of Action between policy-makers, institutions, enterprises and civil society. This Plan of Action is detailed, and sets targets and timelines, allocates for activities and assigns implementers.

    5. Implementation: To ensure the strategy is implemented, ITC's assistance continues after the design of the National Export Strategy is completed through our strategy implementation management programme. ITC provides tools and support to allow countries to strengthen institutional capacities, guide implementation and manage resources.


    Leveraging ITC's state-of-the-art analytical tools

    Our strategy design process leverages the wide variety of tools developed and maintained by ITC. These tools enable our strategy specialists to provide state-of-the-art analysis to our clients. Many of the tools ITC maintains are used by private sector consulting firms and other international organisations. These tools include:

    • Export Potential Map: Export Potential Map is a tool that identifies product-market combinations for over 200 countries with export potential. The tool also indicates which products have export diversification potential.
    • Trade Map: Trade Map is an interactive online database which provides users with highly dis-aggregated data on export volumes and values. This data supports the trade information needs of exporters and importers, trade support institutions, trade policy makers and academic institutions in developing countries.
    • Market Access Map: Market Access Map is an interactive online application which provides users with highly dis-aggregated data on tariffs for individual products. This data supports the trade information needs of exporters and importers, trade support institutions, trade policy makers and academic institutions in developing countries.
    • SME Competitiveness Surveys: SME Competitiveness Surveys assess the strengths and weaknesses of enterprises and their business ecosystem. The surveys provide a comprehensive overview of the state of SME Competitiveness in an economy.
    • Benchmarking Tool for Trade and Investment Support Institutions: A management tool for TSIs to assess their performance, efficiency and effectiveness against globally recognized good practice.

    If you would like to learn more about ITC's Trade Development Strategies, please contact us.

     

  • CONTACT

    Enquiries should be directed to:

    Anton Said

    Chief, Trade Development Strategies Programme
    +41 (0)22 730-0588
    said[at]intracen.org