Mr Fitschen was received by Ms Patricia Francis, ITC’s Executive Director, who said that German support for ITC and the organization’s work was invaluable. “The strategic partnership we have with Germany is very important for ITC,” she said. “It is also incredibly valuable to be part of the German thinking and approach towards trade and development aid.”
The Ambassador said that Germany in particular supports ITC’s approach towards SMEs in developing countries, and the on-going efforts to link these into the global value chains.
During the visit, Mr Fitschen was also briefed about ITC’s work in 2012 and in particular on areas that have had significant financial input from Germany, such as the Ethical Fashion Initiative.
About ITC: ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC’s mission is to enable small business export success in developing and transition-economy countries, by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers. www.intracen.org