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The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint technical cooperation agency of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). ITC improves small business export success in developing countries by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive trade development solutions to exporters, trade support institutions and policy-makers.

ITC's strategic objectives:

  • Exporters: Strengthen the international competitiveness of enterprises in developing countries and transition economies.
  • Trade support institutions: Develop the capabilities of trade service providers to support exporters
  • Policy-makers: Support policy-makers in integrating the private sector into the global economy.

ITC is active in five major areas:

  • Business and trade policy
  • Export strategy
  • Strengthening institutions
  • Trade intelligence
  • Exporter competitiveness.

ITC's regular programme is financed in equal parts by WTO and the UN. ITC also implements projects, at the demand of beneficiary countries, with voluntary contributions from donor governments and civil society institutions.

ITC's annual inter-governmental gathering is called the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) meeting.
The JAG is open to all members of WTO and UNCTAD, as well as to UN specialised agencies and bodies, other inter-governmental organisations with observer status and nongovernmental organisations with an interest in trade promotion. This meeting, held in Geneva, reviews ITC's technical cooperation programme over the preceding year and makes recommendations for its future work programme

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 45th session of the JAG was held from 30 June to 1 July 2011.

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: (+4122) 730 0111
Fax: (+4122) 733 4439