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    ITC’s market analysis data becomes free for all users

    ITC Communications
    November 05, 2013

    Users all over the world will now have free access to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) market analysis databases and related analytical tools, following good practices among international organizations of making their data freely available.

    ‘Free access to market data is a cornerstone that supports global trade and helps enterprises, trade organizations and policymakers,’ said Arancha González, Executive Director of ITC. ‘ITC offers comprehensive and user-friendly market analysis databases with a focus on data from developing countries and economies in transition. Global free access to these data will give more users the opportunity to identify market opportunities, allowing trade to be further strengthened in developing countries and transition economies, which is a core mandate of ITC.’

    ITC’s market analysis tools include Trade Map, Investment Map, Market Access Map and Standards Map. 

    Developing countries and economies in transition have benefited from free access to these tools since 2008, thanks to support from ITC’s donors. Now users in developed countries will also have free access to these tools. While nearly all data have become freely accessible, the most recent monthly trade data at the very detailed product level, as well as company data and a few other analytical features, will remain free only to users in developing countries.

    About 6,000 new users sign up to access ITC’s market analysis tools each month and ITC now has 320,000 users, of which 85% are in developing countries and 15% in developed countries.

    This initiative of providing free trade-related data and tools to exporters and buyers in all countries is aimed at facilitating and improving transparency in international trade, leading to increased exports by small and medium-sized enterprises of developing countries and economies in transition.   

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