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    Trade Development in Action


    International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2006, © International Trade Centre 

    Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC
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    "Helping developing countries export better is a stepping stone to development," said many delegates at ITC's annual meeting in April 2006.

    ITC: Building supply capacity

    "ITC partners with countries in understanding the issues that make them more competitive, understanding the balance between traditional sectors and new growth areas, and managing change to move from one to the other."
    Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC

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    "ITC's expertise is pragmatic technical assistance to build up exports from developing countries. ITC has more than 40 years' experience in trade development. It's what we were set up to provide."

    Stephen Browne, Deputy Executive Director, ITC


    Government: A powerful champion

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    "The Cambodian Government asked ITC for help to reduce poverty through trade. Together we decided to focus on silk. Our long-term view is that a competitive, well-organized silk sector will help Cambodia weave a brighter future… The impact has been immense, with an increase in self-confidence among women weavers and schooling for their children."
    Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women's Affairs, Cambodia 

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    "We recognized the potential of developing patchouli exports in a very poor region and gave the project our full support. We used trade as a means to achieve economic reconstruction and to create jobs and diversify exports. That, in turn, is a major contribution towards our goal of peace and national solidarity."
    Denise Sinankwa, Minister of Trade and Industry, Burundi


    Business: Make opportunities a reality

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    "The opportunities are there but you need motivation, perseverance and energy. Initiatives such as ITC's 'Buying for Africa from Africa' help small African firms like mine win new contracts, but also create jobs and contribute to the growth of local economies. … If I had known ITC sooner, I would probably have added five years to my life."
    Marie Diongoye Konaté, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Protein Kissèe-La S.A., Côte d'Ivoire 

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    "As a buyer of perfume oils, my firm was involved in the patchouli project from the start. In helping to develop patchouli in Burundi, we saw not only a much-needed alternative production source, but also a chance to develop products that closely met our customers' needs for quality and 'traceability'. We have transferred technology to the Burundi firm and consider it an investment well made."Alain Demarest, Deputy Director-General, Leroux Astier Demarest, France


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    "We are bringing jobs to a region of high unemployment. The success of the patchouli project is the fruit of the very close partnership between two firms in LDCs [least developed countries] - Burundi and Haiti. But this fruit would not have germinated without the support of Burundi's authorities and technical assistance from ITC."
    Stanislas Habonimana, Chairman of the Board of Rugofarm, Burundi 

    Developing countries: Take ownership

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    "In the developing world, we share a lack of competitiveness in a liberalized trading environment. It is important for the recipients themselves to identify their most pressing needs in order to 'own' aid assistance and achieve the best results."
    H.E. Venetia Sebudandi, Ambassador of Rwanda to the UN in Geneva 

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    "The onus is on donors to harmonize aid activities so that they can be most effective, and programmes such as the Integrated Framework can help us achieve this. However, harmonization is best achieved by country ownership of aid programmes, then asking donors to provide support."
    Edward Brown, First Secretary of the United Kingdom's Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva 

    Article developed by: Prema de Sousa, Natalie Domeisen, Christopher Simpson.