Trade policy is an essential bridge between business, government and international institutions.
The GTPA is built on a model of collaboration and engagement and working together to create interconnecting ecosystems of expert, trusted relationships to support, enable and advance supply chains as the arteries of global trade.
The GTPA will engage with individual members, GTPA Chapters, Alliance Partners and other to champion and to enable enhanced communication and improved interaction between trade policy professionals and business, as well as between policy experts and others engaged in the trade ecosystem, such as trade promotion specialists.
The GTPA will help frame and evolve the nexus of policy and business through competency based professional development, world-class thought leadership
and targeted advocacy.
The collective stature of the of the GTPA Board and the International and Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) along with the world-class network that will be the GTPA, we will commit to making positive contributions in the realm of global trade policy, that will support increased prosperity, inclusion, and enhanced quality of life through freer, rules based trade and investment.
Our current trade policy 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 policy must support the development of trade and investment-capable companies to engage with global opportunities.
- Maximising the benefits of international trade and investment through effective policy 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 Policy initiatives must explicitly include the empowerment of women to engage in global trade through internationally recognised capacity and capability programmes.
- Trade Policy and trade related commercial activity should actively seek to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
- Trade Policy 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.
The GTPA will be guides by these principles as we evolve and deliver on our trade policy activities around the world, through GTPA headquarters, through our network of GTPA Chapters, and through the wider GTPA network, including our educational partners, delivery partners, advocacy colleagues and others.
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.