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CONSCIOUS CONSUMER

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The 2008 World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Montreux was the 10th forum since 1999. Its raison d'etre, says the ITC's Executive Director, Ms Patricia Francis, is to provide a forum where developing markets are exposed to the knowledge and technical information necessary for them to compete on an equal footing with their developed nation counterparts. More than 200 delegates, from 30 countries, gathered for the conference, which this year adopted the theme, Consumer Conscience: How Environment and Ethics are Influencing Exports. More than 20 plenary sessions and breakout series dealt with a range of topical issues including consumer conscience, food miles, buying local, ethical fashion and the impact of climate change. An exceptionally high caliber of informed speakers and panelists provided essential insights into the pressing issues surrounding consumer conscience today, and ensured that WEDF did not end with more questions than it answered.

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