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    ITC at a glance


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2003

    What we do

    • Mission. Trade development, focusing on export growth.

    • Clients. Business sectors of developing and transition economies, particularly small to medium-sized firms; over 40% of programme delivery is targeted at least developed countries (LDCs).

    Who we are

    • Status. Technical cooperation agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). ITC's focus on the business aspects of export development complements the programmes of its parent bodies.

    • Staff. 176

    • Consultants. 620 (a majority from developing and transition economies)

      How we operate

    • Funding. US$ 38 million

    • Sources. UN (through UNCTAD) and WTO finance ITC's regular programme equally. Donor governments (13) and civil society organizations finance specific projects.

    • Areas of work. Integration in the multilateral trading system; trade development strategies; trade support services; sectoral export performance; SME competitiveness.

    • Approach. Programme design based on business sector needs common to developing and transition economies. Customized application for countries, regions and/or business sectors. Partnership with a variety of institutions that help firms become more export-competitive. These include national trade promotion organizations, industry associations, chambers of commerce, universities, consultancy firms, international organizations and bilateral cooperation agencies.