The IATTO Forum in Xindu, China 1-4 November hosted by Nordic international Management Institute and sponsored by the government of Xindu was another great success. The first IATTO Forum in China and the first world conference in Chengdu/Xindu.

The theme for this 37th IATTO Forum was "Accelerating Growth" with 16 speakers from four continents blended with company visits to Xindu Furniture Park, Chengdu International Trading City, Xindu Garden Park and a culture tour to Panda breading Center.

Professor Per V Jenster, Chairman of the host organisation NIMI together with James Foley, IATTO Board member opened the IATTO Forum.

The gift from the host Nordic International Management Institute was a statue symbolizing IATTO as an networking organisation.

Gala Dinner with Xindu City Government and local business elite and world-class Sichuan performances. 


The 2009 Forum turned out to be a great experience with more than 70 trade professionals from 24 countries. ITM Worldwide Foundation who was hosting the IATTO Forum in Cannes, France has received many positive replays from the participants. "A great experience and outstanding evaluations, where everyone said the Forum lived up to or exceeded their expectations" says Hasse Karlsson, ITM Worldwide Foundation.

The Forum had speakers from International Trade Center in Geneva, the French Government, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France, Trade Organisations in France, Caribbean, Norway, Turkey, Italy, Taiwan and Canada together with trade training organisations in UK, China, Sweden, South Korea, US, South Africa and New Zealand.

It is IATTO´s belief that all partners involved in trade supporting organizations and trade training bodies, have to cooperate in order to create sustainable trade management concept's to exporting SME's. The "Managing Change in Turbulent Times Forum" was a first step towards that direction.  







The 34th IATTO Forum in Stockholm turned out to be a great success.

Thank you for making this Forum a great experience. More then 120 trade professionals from 24 countries met at the World Trade Center in Stockholm for the IATTO Forum hosted by ITM Worldwide. And this is only the beginning...

We managed to get representatives from the Swedish Government, World Trade Center Association, International Trade Center, Trade Organisations from the Caribbean's, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey, trade training organisations but also exporting SMEs to meet. "This is the first time in IATTO´s history that we managed to do this at one occasion", says Hasse Karlsson, ITM Worldwide Director, who was hosting the Forum.

As a result of this we now have a dialogue with both World Trade Center and International Trade Center how we best can coordinate trade training organisations to develop trade skills within SMEs both in industrial- and developing countries.


It is IATTO´s belief that all partners involved, trade supporting organisations as well as trade training bodies, have to cooperate to be able to offer sustainable trade management concepts to exporting SMEs. This Forum was the first step in that direction. 

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