UN/WTO International Trade Centre (ITC)
Formed in 1964, ITC has been the focal point within the United Nations system for trade related technical assistance (TRTA).
In line with our joint mandate from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), we support our parent organizations’ regulatory, research and policy strategies. We focus on implementing and delivering practical TRTA projects.
Our priories are:
- Improving the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to integrate into the world trading system,
- Enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them, and
- Increasing the ability of the private-sector to advocate their priorities to policymakers, and have these reflected in trade policy.
Along with our United Nations family and partner organizations, we continue to connect ITC projects and programmes with global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC remains the only international organization focused solely on trade development for developing and transition economies. To deliver effective trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) and to achieve the goal of expanding exports requires all the major players, including ITC, to develop effective working partnerships as well as greater levels of coherence and coordination. Our goal is to build on our capabilities and that of our partners to bring about even greater development impact.
This event and its related campaign are part of the NTFII Bangladesh project. In 2009, the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries of the Netherlands (CBI) and International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) signed a partnership agreement, called the Netherlands Trust Fund II (NTF II). The Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation finances the programme, while ITC takes responsibility for the implementation. The overall objective of NTF II is the creation of sustainable exporter competitiveness in selected export sectors within selected partner countries. ITC and CBI collaborated to short-list potential beneficiary countries, including Bangladesh.
The overall objective of the NTF II Bangladesh project is to build “ Sustainable Exporter Competitiveness in the IT & ITES Sector in Bangladesh”. It is expected that the project will achieve the following three outputs:
1. Viable commercial relationships between Bangladeshi suppliers and EU buyers are established
2. Capacities of TSIs enhanced to provide a demand-driven and sustainable Business to Business (B2B) linkaging service to SMEs in the IT and ITES sectors
3. Bangladesh is better branded and marketed within specific segments in selected target markets
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS).