International Trade Centre (ITC)

International Trade Centre (ITC)
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Our aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Mission, goals and focus areas

ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and development through trade and international business development.

ITC’s goals

  • Strengthen the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy
  • Improve the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of SMEs
  • Improve the international competitiveness of SMEs

ITC's six focus area

ITC delivers integrated solutions around a core set of six focus areas. These focus areas represent a coherent set of interventions with corresponding programmes that are adapted and customised into client-focused solutions. All programmes within the six focus areas contribute to ITC’s goals.

  • Trade and market intelligence for SME competitiveness
  • Supporting regional economic integration and South-South links
  • Connecting to value chains: SME competitiveness, diversification and links to export markets
  • Strengthening trade and investment support institutions
  • Promoting and mainstreaming inclusive and green trade
  • Building a conducive business environment

How ITC works
TC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

The joint mandate of the UN and the WTO
As the joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO, ITC is the only multilateral agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalisation of SMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.

Universal membership and neutrality
All UN and WTO members are governing members of ITC. The organization objectively and impartially carries out its technical assistance in support of the internationalisation of SMEs.

Depth of experience operating coherently at government, trade and investment support institution (TSI) and SME level to grow trade
ITC has a strong track record of connecting developing country businesses to value chains, building sustainable market linkages and delivering positive development outcomes. ITC’s distinctive feature is to offer integrated solutions by building institutional, managerial and entrepreneurial capacities simultaneously at government, institutional and enterprise levels.

A clear focus on helping SMEs internationalise
ITC’s main focus is to facilitate SME success in international business. Having worked with SMEs for 50 years, ITC is familiar with the unique needs of SMEs, including women-owned enterprises, and has vast experience in improving their international competitiveness and connecting them with markets.

100% Aid for Trade
All ITC’s work is focused on Aid for Trade, an initiative that helps developing countries in building capacity and trade-related infrastructure to expand trade opportunities.
Working with the private sector to support private sector development
ITC brings together public and private sector actors to jointly contribute to a conducive business environment. ITC also works with the private sector to support its capacity as buyers, investors, and providers of technical assistance.

Adaptability and nimbleness
As a relatively small organization, ITC is able to rapidly shape its approach based on insights and perspectives of its beneficiaries and partners. This flexibility enables us to adapt to the changing needs of clients in a dynamic fast-paced international business environment.
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ITC in India