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  • Commonalities exist among many neighbouring countries when it comes to trade and trade challenges. ITC, therefore, takes a regional approach to building export capacity when countries have similarities in resource endowment, production structures and infrastructure, and also when they have membership in regional economic initiatives.  This approach promotes intraregional trade and South-South trade, two areas that can greatly benefit countries within the regions.

    The regions in which ITC works are;

    • Western and Central Africa
    • Eastern and Southern Africa
    • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Latin America
    • The Caribbean
    • Southeast Asia
    • The Pacific
    • South and East Asia
    • Arab States

    There are five main reasons for ITC’s focus on regional solutions:

    1. Economies of scale in the implementation of parallel country programmes within a region.  The simultaneous implementation of country programmes allows partners to share best practices across borders, enhances visibility of the programmes and reduces costs.
    2. Strengthening regional trade integration and support institutions.  An example of this approach is the Programme for African Capacity Building for Trade (PACT II), ITC’s largest programme, which contributes toward building region-wide trade support institutions and businesses.
    3. Promotion of intraregional trade.  ITC’s Business Generation Programme is partnering with institutions in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and Latin America to increase South-South trade and encourage business partnerships and networking among enterprises.
    4. Strengthening regional value chains. ITC’s work in this areas includes aspects such as logistics and trade facilitation, regional import substitution and regional branding.
    5. Regional export strategies and regional trade-policy initiatives.  ITC is adapting and applying its expertise in regional trade-policy, and interregional trade negotiations in responding to requests from all regions.
  • Highlights

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    The Laotian province of Luang Prabang, a major tourist destination, launches local handicraft label.


    ITC and Altaroma partner to promote the work of artisans, enabling them to sell their handiwork and fight poverty


    Fashion as an enabler of economic growth will take centre stage at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), an event aimed at expanding the market share of ethically produced fashion by linking businesses to global...


    Future opportunities for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) trade growth exist both within the region and in new emerging markets. Diversification to markets within the region in particular offer the best prospects for moving up the value chain to reduce dependence on commodities, while emerging markets, particularly in Asia, also offer high growth potential to offset stagnation in traditional markets.

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    ITC helps organize training for Mexican women jewellers to improve design and jewellery making in bid to boost exports.


    ‘The private sector is not thinking regionally’ is an echo I often hear in government circles charged with the responsibility of promoting intra-African trade. Basking in the comfort of supplying domestic markets, private businesses fear competition...


    On the 15 and 16 November, ITC, with the participation of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa  (COMESA), organised a two-day workshop in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania for a group of 15 cotton stakeholders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe...


    Sweeping domestic reforms and the mobilization of the private sector were two key accomplishments highlighted during an Open Forum organized on 10 November 2011 by the International Trade Centre (ITC) with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva...


    The 11th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) held in Chongqing, China on 9–12 September highlighted renewed optimism and commitment to the export-led growth model and the necessity for trade, with a need to rethink strategies...


    Some 4,000 farming and craft-producing households in four northern provinces of Viet Nam will benefit from a multi-agency programme, led by ITC, which was launched recently with funding from Spain’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Achievement Fund...