We offer support to a wide range of professionals. This extends to businesses, governments, trade professionals, trade organisations and industry bodies. And helps them to:

  • Become well-versed in international trade practices
  • Create their own global business networks & advance their trading opportunities
  • Ensure their international trading endeavours are secure and backed by ISO standards

Vision: To harmonize the practices of global trade and supply chains and improve the trade participation and performance of SMEs through the development of a global standards/

Mission: To drive the advancement of the GTPA as the peak body for global trade who are ‘Trusted in Trade’.

Our priorities:

  • To establish a Global Trade Professional (GTP) certification programme based on ISO/IEC 17024, which is the recognised international standard for the certification of competent people;
  • To create a harmonized set of competency requirements for various trade professional functions;
  • To approve education providers around the world and their courses as being suitable for providing knowledge related to the harmonized set of competency requirements for GTPs;
  • To equip SMEs with the skills and capabilities required to conduct profitable global trade by effectively and efficiently;
  • To establish a forum to exchange ideas and knowledge, as well as reward excellence in global trade skills;
  • To develop and empower the participation of women in global trade;
  • To provide a platform of knowledge sharing for trade capability and capacity-building for SMEs from both LDCs and developed countries (DCs;
  • To interact with and provide support to sector-specific associations and councils representing all businesses engaged in global trade.

Our trade priorities are based on the following principles:

  • International trade and investment is crucial to realising significant untapped economic potential. Jobs and economic prosperity are best created and protected over the long term through an open and competitive economic system.
  • The benefits of international trade, investment and cross-border commerce must be shared more equitably and widely, and must be effectively enabled and communicated.
  • Effective trade must support the development of trade and investment-capable companies to engage with global opportunities.
  • Maximizing the benefits of international trade and investment through effective design and deployment is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, international institutions, and must take into consideration the importance of policy consistency across jurisdictions when necessary.
  • Businesses directly involved in import and export, and the businesses that support them, likewise have a responsibility to engage in policy-related dialogue and advocacy, to help inform the work of policy makers and abide by such policy in the pursuit of opportunities around the world.
  • Trade initiatives must explicitly include the empowerment of women to engage in global trade through internationally recognized capacity and capability programmes.
  • Trade related commercial activity should actively seek to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Trade must support, and advance principles related to international development and poverty-reduction through trade, including established Aid for Trade Initiatives and trading out of poverty programs.
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