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  • Formed in 1964, ITC has been the focal point within the United Nations system for trade related technical assistance (TRTA).

    In line with our joint mandate from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), we support our parent organizations’ regulatory, research and policy strategies. We focus on implementing and delivering practical TRTA projects.


     Working together 

    Our work focuses on the areas of expertise where ITC can have the greatest impact:

    • improving the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to integrate into the world trading system,
    • enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them, and
    • increasing the ability of the private-sector to advocate their priorities to policymakers, and have these reflected in trade policy.

    Along with our United Nations family and partner organizations, we continue to connect ITC projects and programmes with global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC remains the only international organization focused solely on trade development for developing and transition economies. To deliver effective trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) and to achieve the goal of expanding exports requires all the major players, including ITC, to develop effective working partnerships as well as greater levels of coherence and coordination. Our goal is to build on our capabilities and that of our partners to bring about even greater development impact.