Through the Trade Support Network
(TSN), an advisory group of experts in international trade operations, ACE users are intimately involved in the program.
A unique global forum dedicated to the exchange of best practice and innovative approaches to export development and competitiveness, the World Export Development Forum brings together senior decision-makers in government, the trade support network
and the business community in developing countries and economies in transition.
Bringing them into a broader trade support network
helps countries use export development as a stepping-stone to economic growth.
It develops them with national partners, based on a detailed needs analysis, to identify export opportunities for specific sectors and strengthen the national trade support network
The publication will draw on the experiences of present and former ITC staff, beneficiaries, trade support network
members and others.
Key institutions in the national trade support network
are, in many instances, technically weak but resources, financial and otherwise, to improve capacities remain limited.
Under the original model, rural producers are supported through technical assistance from the national trade support network
(in Sri Lanka's case, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board) to form EPV People's Companies (EPCs).
There is, therefore, a sizable job of advocacy and education to be done by development agencies like ITC and the other institutional members of the global trade support network
, particularly in developing and transition economy countries, as well as by strategy-makers.
Experience from the Executive Forum suggested that strategy-makers in developing countries, and to a large extent those organizations involved in the national trade support network
, today concentrate their attention on market development.
They reviewed the implications of this approach for the structure and operation of the national trade support network
. This discussion led to the 'four-gear' strategic paradigm contained in ITC's new Secrets of Strategy Template.
--create a national trade support network
that involves public-private sector partnerships.
In this issue of Forum we examine the critical elements needed to create and sustain an effective trade support network
. Starting by emphasizing the need for a national export strategy (not common in developing and transition countries) to be the key pillar of the country's economic framework, we trace the ITC Executive Forum process, using the lessons learned to illustrate the principal issues confronting a trade support network
that seeks to be effective.