Background of the International Institute for Trade and Development
During the Tenth Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD X) held in Bangkok between 12-19 February 2000, the meeting resolved to establish a center of research and training in the region, and to enhance the potential for trade and development in developing countries in the region and world. The Royal Thai Government and UNCTAD signed a Cooperation Agreement establishing the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) on 17 February 2000. The Institute was officially inaugurated on 1 May 2002 during the Mid-Term Review Conference of UNCTAD X, hosted by the Thai Government. ITD is a government entity as a public organization established under the Royal Decree on the Establishment of the International Institute for Trade and. Development (Public Organization), B.E.2544 (2001), which aims to provide academic services for training and research in the fields of trade and development. ITD is governed by Board of Directors and has Executive Director as its chief administrator.
- To be a center of excellence in training and research in the field of international trade, finance, investment and development in order to serve the needs of public and private sectors in the region and sub-region;
- To enhance the analytical capability of developing countries in formulating trade and development policies, as well as, determining appropriate measures corresponding with the globalization in the region and sub-region;
- To foster the cooperation on trade, finance, investment and development between countries in the region and sub-region through collaborative research projects;
- To collaborate with UNCTAD and other international organizations to disseminate knowledge gained to developing countries in the region and sub-region.