SMEs are often time poor especially when driving growth and international expansion. They often lack sufficient scale to economically justify the full time employment of appropriate skills for international business and rely on either external providers or an energetic and multi-tasked executive to deliver the required competencies to drive global growth.
For most SMEs navigating the complexity of doing business globally and maintaining a competitive edge requires the development of new skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to draw on a trusted network of skilled professionals with the required competencies to support their business to grow through global trade.
SMEs account for a significant percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) and they are the backbone of most economies and supply chains.
Programmes that foster the growth of SMEs to engage successfully in international trade not only drive job growth but provide broad economic benefit and value.
SMEs engaged in global trade either through customer or supply channels, are often more innovative due to their exposure global competition and new concepts.
Given the capacity of SMEs to drive economic development and job creation, as well as to foster innovation, assisting them to expand through global trade should be a top priority for policy-makers and those organisations that support and service trade.
The establishment of the Global Trade Professional Programme (GTP) will benefit SMEs by providing clear professional development paths and building appropriate skills and knowledge.
While the GTP Programme is aimed at all trade professionals, it provides a significant advantage to SMEs (and supply chains incorporating SMEs) by facilitating the upskilling of individuals and businesses whilst providing access to a global network of trusted certified professionals and service providers.
This is particularly important for SMEs seeking to seeking to invest and grow their business and to respond to changing global market.
Our goal is to bring people together to:
- build professional capabilities in trade
- elevate the profile of trade
- advocate the benefits and opportunities of trade
- facilitate networking
- improve the performance and success of companies in global trade
- boost the efficiency of trade processes.
Featured GTPA Member
Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.