Established in 1964, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) aims at the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.
The Foreign Trade Division (FTD) is under the auspices of the Office of the Associate Director for Economic Programs at the U.S Bureau of the Census. The Economic Programs area collects data about the nation's economy and agriculture. The Foreign Trade Division is the primary source of statistics on foreign trade data. Specifically, the Foreign Trade Division formulates and develops overall plans and programs for the collection, processing, review, linkage with other economic data, and dissemination of statistical data regarding various aspects of the export and import trade of the United States and foreign trade shipping.
The International Trade Administration's mission is to help U.S. companies sell products and services abroad and support U.S. jobs at home. Over the last seven years, U.S. exports of goods and services accounted for more than one-third of our economic growth. Exports are likely to grow three times faster than any other component of the economy in the next decade. Moreover, by 2010, exports to the Big Emerging Markets are expected to exceed current exports to Japan and Europe combined .
The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides objective trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. USITC analysts and economists investigate and publish reports on U.S. industries and the global trends that affect them. The agency also updates and publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S.
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission. FITA affiliates are 450+ independent international associations which fall into six categories: World Trade Clubs, Associations/Chambers of Commerce with regional/Bi-Lateral interests, Associations Focused on International Logistics, Associations Supporting International Trade, Associations Supporting Exporters, and Professional Associations.
Founded in 1919, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is a non-governmental organisation of more than 7,000 companies and business associations in 140 countries. ICC National Committees throughout the world present ICC views to their governments and alert Paris headquarters to national business concerns. For over 75 years, the ICC has been serving world business by promoting trade and investment and open markets for goods and services, as well as the free flow of capital. It defends the private enterprise system and encourages self-regulation by business.
The National Association of Export Companies (NEXCO), established in 1965, is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to acting as the clearinghouse, forum, information provider and network for professional exporters, service providers and entrepreneurs. NEXCO's membership includes export departments of manufacturers, export management companies, export trading companies and international service providers.
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About this site
In 1995, web sites were popping up everywhere, and lists of interesting sites were still seen as useful and interesting. I found a few organizations posting international news updates, and the site was born. Its purpose is to provide an accessible pointer to current international affairs resources for everyone—students, researchers, policy makers, business leaders, and interested citizens.
On the topic pages, organizations are described in their own words. The site also features links to interesting articles and posts that I've found online. Links to the original articles appear on the main page, along with my comments.