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  • ITC’s three-weekly Business Briefing provides news updates and information on issues related to the multilateral trading system. The Business Briefings, written in concise and accessible language, target the business community, trade support institutions, trade promotion organizations and other private sector representatives. We cover a diverse range of issues related to the WTO and multilateral trade:

    • progress in the Doha Development Round,
    • deliberations in WTO Committees including Trade Policy reviews,
    • WTO accessions,
    • regional integration
    • trade in services,
    • Aid for Trade,
    • non-tariff measures,
    • trade and the environment,
    • investment and competition rules,
    • etc.

    More than 5,000 recipients in 160 countries receive the newsletter in print or electronically every three weeks.  The Business Briefing web site, however, is updated on a daily basis.

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  • Highlights


    During the past decades bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have led to a reduction in tariff-related barriers to global trade. But during the same period the world has experienced a steady rise in the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs).


    The World Trade Organization's (WTO) World Trade Report 2012 takes a fresh look at non-tariff measures (NTMs).

    Trade Map - company data

    ITC adds company data from more than 60 countries to Trade Map, improving the ability of companies to identify trading partners across the world.


    ITC is pleased to announce its five online Market Analysis Tools - Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Competitiveness Map, and Standards Map - will remain free of charge for developing country users in 2012 thanks to financial support...

    LDC trade ministers discussion

    Least Developed Countries need to become more active in WTO negotiations to reap the full benefits of accession, need to improve the business environment for small and medium size enterprises and show results to donors, said tradeministers from LDCs...


    The WTO General Council acknowledged several ITC accomplishments in its report adopted at its annual meeting on 30 November in Geneva. It highlighted ITC’s assistance to Least Developed Countries in their WTO accession process, the organization’s...


    The ITC took part in a seminar on 26-27 September in Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, to discuss the implications of Russia joining the World Trade Organization (WTO).The event was organized in close partnership with the Centre of Export Support of the Chuvash Republic and the Cheboksary State University, and brought together businesses....