How the International Trade Centre Can Support USAID Activities

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How can we make global trade more transparent and facilitate easier access to markets? During this webinar, The Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD) and experts from the International Trade Centre (ITC) explored the ITC’s trade and market intelligence tools. These tools enable business actors to identify export and import opportunities, compare market-access requirements, monitor national trade performance and make well-informed trade decisions.

This was the second in a series of online sessions that highlights the work implemented by the ITC. Additional sessions will be scheduled in coming months to provide greater detail about the ITC’s resources and how they can be integrated into USAID’s activities. USAID has had a long-standing relationship with the ITC and it is currently a grantee of EMD in the Bureau for Democracy, Development, and Innovation

Established in 1964, the ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations and is the only development agency that is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ITC in Geneva offers a variety of market access information and interactive tools that can support the design and implementation of USAID economic growth projects. 


Speakers 

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Paul Fekete, USAID/DDI, Senior International Trade Advisor

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Mondher Minoumi, Chief of Trade and Market Intelligence at the International Trade Centre

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Ursula Hermelink, Head of ITC’s program on non-tariff measures (NTMs)


Biographies

Paul Fekete, USAID/DDI, Senior International Trade Advisor, focuses on the development of trade-related technical assistance programs to assist USAID missions in building public and private sector trade capacity and promote developing countries’ participation in the international trade system. He serves as the AOR for the Agency’s relationship with the ITC and will moderate the event.

Mondher Minoumi, Chief of Trade and Market Intelligence at the International Trade Centre, is leading programs on transparency in trade, competitive Intelligence and non-tariff barriers. He has built several web applications to improve trade transparency and assess the export performance and competitiveness of countries.  Mr. Mimouni has also contributed to a variety of joint market analysis projects of the ITC, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, World Trade Organization, and the World Economic Forum.

Ursula Hermelink, Ursula Hermelink heads ITC’s program on non-tariff measures (NTMs). Ms. Hermelink joined ITC’s Trade and Market Intelligence section in 2010 and has since been focusing on market access issues, including trade agreements, tariffs and non-tariff measures. She has led the implementation of ITC’s private sector surveys on NTMs in numerous developing countries and contributed to a number of publications, including the ITC publication series on NTMs. Prior to her work with ITC, she held various assignments in the United Nations system.