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International Trade Centre (ITC)
Address: 
Postal address
Palais des Nations
Geneva 10 1211
Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 0111
Fax: +41 22 733 4439

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Established in 1964, ITC is the only development agency that is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are proven to be major job creators and engines of inclusive growth.

ITC works with developing countries and economies in transition to achieve ‘trade impact for good’. It provides knowledge such as trade and market intelligence, technical support and practical capacity building to policymakers, the private sector and trade and investment support organizations as well as linkages to markets.

Mission

ITC’s mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development in developing countries and transition economies, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It does this by making businesses in developing countries more competitive in regional and global markets and connecting them to the global trading system.

ITC’s work focuses on areas where ITC can have the greatest impact:

  • Strengthening the integration of developing country SMEs into the global economy;
  • Improving trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of SMEs; and
  • Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.

 

Priorities

ITC prioritizes support to least developed, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, sub-Saharan Africa, post-conflict countries and small, vulnerable economies.

Economic empowerment of women, young entrepreneurs and support of poor communities, as well as fostering sustainable and green trade are priorities.

 

Areas of work

ITC’s work is structured under six focus areas:

  • Providing trade and market intelligence;
  • Building a conducive business environment;
  • Strengthening trade and investment support institutions;
  • Connecting to international value chains;
  • Promoting and mainstreaming inclusive and green trade; and
  • Supporting regional economic integration and South-South links.

Within these focus areas, 15 specific programmes carry out activities that are adapted and customized into solutions tailored to the specific needs of its clients.

Databases: 

International E-Commerce in Africa: The Way Forward

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Unlocking Markets for Women to Trade

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

05. gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Unlocking Markets for Women to Trade

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

05. gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

The Trade in Wildlife - A Framework to Improve Biodiversity and Livelihood Outcomes

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

12. sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

14. life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The State of Sustainable Markets: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2015

Trade Impact for Good

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

12. sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Combating Anti-Competitive Practices

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Tourism and Trade: A Global Agenda for Sustainable Development

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The Invisible Barriers to Trade – How Businesses Experience Non-Tariff Measures

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Bringing SMEs onto the e-Commerce Highway

Trade Impact for Good

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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