The International Trade Centre (ITC) works with partners to help businesses trade and provides sustainable and inclusive trade development solutions to exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers.
ITC is fully dedicated to connecting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to global markets. MSMEs create the vast majority of jobs and are proven engines of growth, in particular for women, young people and poor communities.
Fostering inclusive and sustainable development through trade in developing countries and transition economies, ITC prioritizes support to least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, sub-Saharan Africa and post-conflict countries.
ITC’s work is structured under six focus areas:
Providing trade and market intelligence;
Building a conducive business environment
Strengthening trade and investment support institutions;
Connecting to international value chains;
Promoting and mainstreaming inclusive and green trade; and
Supporting regional economic integration and South-South links.
ITC's work is financed by the United Nations and World Trade Organization, as well as other funders who provide international development assistance. The organization leverages this support with valuable contributions from the private sector. In addition, ITC utilizes resources provided by beneficiary countries and other international organizations.
ITC's Joint Advisory Group (JAG) meeting takes place annually to examine the activities of ITC based on its Annual Report, and to make recommendations to the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board and the General Council of the World Trade Organization on ITC’s programme of work.
The JAG is open to all members of WTO and UNCTAD, as well as to UN specialized agencies and bodies, other inter-governmental organizations with observer status and nongovernmental organizations with an interest in trade promotion.
ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. ITC was created in 1964 through a decision of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Contracting Parties. In 1968, UNCTAD joined GATT as co-sponsor of ITC. Its legal status was formally confirmed by the General Assembly in 1974 as a joint subsidiary organ of GATT and the UN, the latter acting through UNCTAD.
Because of its legal status, ITC does not have a membership of its own. Its de facto members are WTO and UNCTAD Member States.
The JAG meeting is generally held in July every year.
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