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ITC publications bring the business voice to sustainable trade, with a focus on developing countries. We offer guidance for trade policymakers, business support organizations and small firms. Our reports offer insights to make trade more inclusive, green, digital and competitive.

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Online marketplaces are the dominant form of e-commerce for consumer goods in developed countries. They are also prominent across Africa, offering great potential to serve a new generation of consumers and open opportunities for small entrepreneurs. But little is known about these marketplaces in...

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This e-publication guides commercial diplomats and trade representatives to navigate the trade landscape, deliver excellent services, and manage both personal and professional challenges. With real-life stories of commercial diplomats, COVID-19 commentary, and a lively new format, it serves as a...

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Cotton by-products – such as cottonseed oil and oilcakes – can contribute meaningfully to reducing poverty, creating jobs and increasing economic growth in Africa. These derivatives can represent up to 30% of the value of seed cotton. Yet oil and cakes have not been fully exploited, despite a...

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Trade policy for women took an international leap with the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, endorsed by more than 120 countries at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference of 2017. This report, produced under the auspices of the International Gender Champions’...

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La promotion de la compétitivité des petites et moyennes entreprises est indispensable pour faire du Bénin une économie résiliente et durable.L’enquête de l’ITC sur la compétitivité des PME montre que l’accès limité au financement, les faibles taux de certification en qualité et des...

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Boosting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to transform Benin into a resilient and sustainable economy.

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Increasing the competitiveness of small firms in the Philippines is vital to build resilience to shocks while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Women-owned businesses account for only 1% of public procurement. This report provides policymakers, statistical offices and procurement officers with tools for reform. It advises on how to design a roadmap, implement preferential policies and other measures, and monitor progress, drawing on case...

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Few studies examine information technology and business process management in Africa. This report, based on research and interviews, analyses the tech sectors of 11 African countries and examines enabling factors such as information and communication technology infrastructure, government incentives...

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The growth of South-South trade and investment has attracted donors and governments as a pathway to sustainable economic development. This report finds that South-South projects must be flexible and encourage adaptation of easily replicable solutions and technologies, while bridging information...

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COVID-19 is reshaping global value chains and policy landscapes. In this brief, leaders from government, business and women’s economic empowerment networks identify key trends and potential scenarios for women in trade. The brief presents nine actions that governments, corporations and the...

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A blueprint for small and medium-sized enterprises Advanced economies have developed highly competitive and innovative e-commerce services, making it simple for small enterprises to set up online stores, transport their goods and receive payments. Although entrepreneurs in developing countries...

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