GTPA, through local chapters and through the global network of global experts, can be a vital asset in raising professional competencies and promoting world-class practices in international trade.
Local chapters of the GTPA can serve as critical nodes in Trading Out of Poverty strategies.
The GTPA can provide the framework and infrastructure for the development and deployment of just such a network.
GTPA has a shared commitment through our founding executive, partners and committees to the idea that advocacy is a central role of experts and
senior leaders across the global architecture for trade and investment. In this respect, the GTPA leadership and network will actively champion
multilateralism, freer, rules-based, and increasingly inclusive trade and investment.
Such advocacy will involve local business communities, industry bodies and other entities engaging in or supporting engagement in global trade,
but will also extend to senior political leadership globally to take a holistic view of trade, supply chains and the complex ecosystems of
commercial relationships that drive global commerce.
The GTPA will work in line with proven international development and economic development practice, supporting SMEs, women-owned businesses and other groups or sectors of activity that deliver demonstrable, measurable impact and value, and will engage closely with international institutions, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies and others critical to advancing economic inclusion and Trade out of Poverty outcomes.
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.