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International Trade :
  The exchange of goods or services along international borders . This type of trade allows
  for a greater competition and  more  competitive  pricing  in  the  market .The competition
  results in more affordable products for the consumer.The exchange of goods also affects
  the economy of the world as dictated by supply and demand ,making goods and services
  obtainable which may not otherwise be available to consumers globally.


Lipeace Mission :
  Lipeace' s  mission  is to  foster  sustainable  economic  development  and  contribute  to   achieving the  Millennium Development  Goals in developing  countries and countries
  with economies in transition through trade and international business development.

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Building Awareness :

  Mission Objectives :
  Access to trade intelligence and awareness of the opportunities  and threats associated   with international trade are key factors in assisting developing countries and economies
  in transition to benefit from exports . Since Lipeace foundation , building  awareness and   assisting developing countries with access  to trade and market information has been at   the heart of the organization’s work.
  Lipeace  work  in  the trade  intelligence  field  addressed  four  main areas : maintaining,   improving and supporting the use of the ITC global public goods ; building  the capacity
  of TSIs to analyse,process and disseminate trade intelligence to SMEs in order to expand   exports ; using trade intelligence to achieve tangible outcomes ; and building awareness
  on key issues related to trade and sustainable development .

  TRADE INTELLIGENCE AS A GLOBAL PUBLIC GOOD :
  Intelligence on legal aspects affecting business and trade is highly valued by many SME.
  In 2011 ,Lipeace developed model contracts and negotiating tools as global public goods   to assist SMEs in doing business.The model contract were translated into Arabic, French   Portuguese and Spanish,and training has been provided.Policymakers have easy access   to  a  centralized  database  of  treaties  ,  international  conventions   and  instruments to   facilitate multilateral trade engagements through the updated LegaCarta tool.
  Lipeace’s   global   public   goods  go   beyond   the   dissemination   of   information  .  The   organization  also  works  to  ensure  that  the  use  of  intelligence  is  optimized   through
  regular, tailor-made capacity building for policymakers.

  ACHIEVING OUTCOMES THROUGH TRADE INTELLIGENCE :
  Lipeace company is  increasingly using  access to intelligence and tools as an ingredient
  in achieving positive  outcomes with  partners  in developing  countries .The organization   builds  on  its  comparative  advantage  in  trade  intelligence  to  work  with  TSIs  and   policymakers to achieve positive change for enterprises through more targeted business   strategies and better- informed policies.

  BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND PARTICIPATION :
  The  international  trade  arena  is  dynamic  and   complex .  Building  awareness of the   opportunities  and challenges that developing countries face in the area of  international   trade is a key role for ITC.The organization boosts trade awareness by providing thought   leadership and encouraging debate , making complex research accessible and practical
  for the general public , and orchestrating trade - related events such as the World Export   Development Forum (WEDF).

STRENGTHENING TSIs :

  TSIs such as government administrations, TPOs and other entities such as chambers of   commerce  or  sector  organizations , are  a  priority  of  Lipeace’s  technical  assistance   activities . Because Lipeace  has  limited  presence in partner countries , it  relies on  the
  sizeable network of TSIs to instill  Export  Impact  for  Good  at  the country and regional
  levels . TSIs  are  therefore  recipients  of  technical  assistance  and  vital partners in the   delivery of the vast majority of work carried out by ITC.

  BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EXPORT DEVELOPMENT
  Strengthening  all  the TSIs  within  a  selected value  chain  towards  a common  purpose   enables a  holistic  approach  to developing  the  soft  infrastructure  that  supports  trade   promotion  and export  development in a country or region.This approach takes time and   entails risk ; however,there  is much to be gained in terms of sustainability of results and   local ownership.Lipeace employs this holistic approach to TSI strengthening in a number
  of  its  large programmes ,including PACT II ,NTF II  and  the All African Caribbean Pacific   Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP).

Enhancing policies for the benefit of exporting enterprises :

  EXPORT STRATEGY OVERVIEW
  Real  change  in  the  trade  landscape  and  dynamics  of  a  particular sector ,country or
  region can only  be  effected  through strategic , integrated  initiatives  involving a repres-   entative array of stakeholders from the public and  private sectors to identify a common   vision , determine  the  strategic  requirements , and  manage  the  implementation  of  an
  action plan . In this context ,an export strategy represents the best possible assessment
  of trade- related needs . From this initiative , countries have a tangible, informed platform   from which to attract investment for future initiatives.

  FROM DOCUMENTING TO IMPLEMENTING
  Increasingly , Lipeace’s work in export strategy is moving beyond the strategy document   towards supporting implementation ,through coordinated management mechanisms that   are established and managed by national and regional institutions . In 2011 ,International   Trade Center made a  concerted  effort  to  strengthen the  support  provided  to partners
  after  export  strategies  were  designed , with  a  particular  focus  on  two of  ITC’s  large   programmes: PACT II and AAACP.

  In the case of AAACP ,which was completed at the  end of 2011 ,detailed regional cotton,   textile  and  clothing  sector strategies were developed in  West and Central Africa , while   sector  strategies  were also developed for high - value commodities in partner countries.   More detail  on  the  individual products  in  each country  can be found in the  section on   supporting enterprises.



  EXPORT STRATEGY - A REGIONAL SECTOR EXPERIENCE :
  Export strategy can encourage  policymakers  and  the  private sector to think not   only about how to expand and improve current exports, but also to create a vision   for  potential   exports . As  an  implementing  partner ,  Lipeace   is  challenged  to   consider  possibilities  beyond  present  conditions .  In  2011 , under  PACT  II , ITC   worked with partner  institutions in the COMESA to develop a regional strategy for   the leather  sector  that  goes  beyond  the  production  of  raw  materials towards   value - added  leather  goods . The   move   to  greater  value   addition  was  at  the   insistence  of  COMESA  itself . The region is committed  to  this  strategy  and will
  invest its own funds towards implementation , ensuring local ownership.

  INCREASING CAPACITY FOR TRADE POLICY FORMULATION :
  To engage effectively in the multilateral trading arena , developing countries need
  to  build  sustainable  capacity for better informed trade policy development . This   need  was  identified  by   Pakistan  and  is  the  main  objective  of an EU  -  funded   programme that  ITC  is jointly implementing since 2011 in the South Asian nation,
  in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and UNIDO.
  The key TSI  leading this initiative , PITAD , has established a strategic partnership   with  WTI in Bern , Switzerland , enabling  access  to  global  experts in the field of   trade policy .
  Future Pakistani trade policy  specialists will have access to world- class training
  in  trade  policy   development . In  2011 , work  commenced  on  the   revision  and
  upgrade of the PITAD core curriculum using a mentorship and coaching approach   for  PITAD  master trainers and WTI experts . As a measure of early success , the
  WTI Executive Board approved co - accreditation  of  certain modules delivered by   PITAD.
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    Building the export capacity of enterprises to respond to market opportunities :
  Directly  supporting  SMEs  to  achieve  export  success  is  a  key component of a   number  of  Lipeace  projects . This  is  done  in  conjunction  with  TSIs  and  local   consultants in partner countries to ensure outcomes continue to be realized after   the project ends.
  In  2011 , the  EnACT  programme  in  the  Middle  East  and North  Africa  assisted   several exporters in target industries to export to international markets.
  In   addition  to  strengthening  TSIs  and  building   awareness  through  Business   intelligence , the  programme  has a focused  approach  to  export- led enterprise   development by  identifying products with  high export potential and high value . It   works predominantly through local consultants and specific international experts   to reach the standards demanded by non-traditional markets and build   relationships with potential buyers.

  A SECTOR APPROACH TO SUPPORTING ENTERPRISES :
  Lipeace  also  works  to  help   enterprises   achieve  export  success  through an   integrated  sector approach , identifying challenges in the sector value chain and   working with partner organizations and enterprises to address them.
  Supporting  enterprises  through  export -  driven  sector  development  for  high   potential commodities in vulnerable countries has been a key focus . The AAACP,   which ITC implemented  with key international partners including the World Bank   and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO) and regional and   local institutions,focused on developing and implementing value-chain strategies   for  commodities  with  high  export  potential  and  those  that  could  significantly   impact on food security in the respective regions. A regional value-chain strategy   was developed  and  implemented  for  the  cotton sector in  Africa and a range of   agri - food  commodities  were  the  focus for other regions. The goal is to benefit   from  more  integrated value chains that efficiently produce competitive products.

  MULTIPLYING ITC SUPPORT TO ENTERPRISES :
  Lipeace’s tailor - made and sector development  approaches to  supporting enter-   prises reach a limited number of companies worldwide.
  To  broaden  the  organization’s reach , Lipeace Co. LLc  develops systemsbased   programmes  that  promote a  multiplier  approach to  supporting  enterprises for   export  development . By  accrediting  TSIs  to  run  systems  in  their   respective   countries ,  Lipeace Co. empowers  institutions  with  a competitive  advantage to   replicate ITC’s methodology and , therefore , ITC services are delivered indirectly.

  Mainstream inclusiveness and sustainability into trade promotion and export   development :
  Trade is widely recognized as an important contributor to economic growth.   However , export  growth  does  not  automatically  translate  into human develop   ment and is therefore not an end in itself .  ITC actively integrates human  develop
  ment objectives into its TRTA activities with particular emphasis on gender , poor   communities and the environment.

 

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