TPO Best Practices

Strengthening the Delivery of Trade Support Services

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Successive World Conferences of TPOs have sought to debate, identify and document best practice for TPOs. Delegates at the Fourth World Conference of TPOs in Beijing, in May 2002, thought that we should have a mechanism for a frequent exchange of best practice information. Since then, ITC has invited TPOs around the world to contribute their best practice examples. The response has been very encouraging: some 38 TPOs responded and 42 best practices were selected from 22 TPOs for this publication.

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Trade continues to be at the forefront of the development agenda. But the development of trade requires concerted and sustained action, and this is possible only with well-established trade support institutions (TSIs) that function efficiently and effectively. It is generally recognized that there is need for a network of TSIs, from both the private and public sectors, working together to develop and implement a national trade strategy. There must also be a focal point, acting as a catalyst and coordinator, and this role is normally filled by the national trade promotion organization, or TPO.

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