GTPA and ICC Academy collaborate on global trade training programmes

GTPA and ICC Academy collaborate on global trade training programmes

28.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Change in business and government is no longer an identifiable event, but rather a constantly and rapidly evolving state.

The future is uncertain, and problems often transcend the boundaries of single organisations and nations.

Businesses operate in an increasingly complex and unpredictable environment in which change occurs at an unprecedented speed and magnitude. It is important that business leaders have access to the right technical trade knowledge and competencies to enable them to take their place in this ever-evolving environment.

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ICC Academy global trade certificate programmes are now ISO/IEC 17024 certified!

ICC Academy global trade certificate programmes are now ISO/IEC 17024 certified!

28.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Singapore. 22 September: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy is delighted to announce its collaboration with Global Trade Programme Alliance (GTPA), to offer businesses and trade professionals with ISO/IEC 17024 certified training programmes. As per the alliance, anyone who takes the ICC Academy’s trade finance, international business and regulation & compliance certificate programmes, will attain the relevant competency standards for ISO/IEC 17024 certification, under GTPA’s Global Trade Professional (GTP) programme.

Speaking on the collaboration, ICC Academy General Manager Daniel Kok said, “In an ever-evolving global trade environment, business leaders and trade professionals need to have better access to cutting-edge training, so as they develop competencies to cope with the ‘new normal’. As the educational arm of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), we have been offering a wide range of specialized online training and blended learning to trade professionals worldwide.

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Collaborating on supporting SMEs

Collaborating on supporting SMEs

24.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Improving women’s and SMEs access to global markets will be critical to economic recovery and growth in the post-COVID-19 period and beyond.

This survey will help to build resilience through a better understanding of the current needs of business, ensuring that government pandemic support initiatives are appropriate and sufficient to meet these needs. The survey will further help to ensure alignment of future government policies and programs with business needs.

The survey will contribute to a larger goal of the GTPA, which is working with a global coalition of partners established by Bloomberg New Economy, to identify actionable solutions for “Building Business Resilience in Global Value Chains 2020-21”, covering MNCs and SMEs participating in GVCs.

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Festival of Inclusive Trade

Festival of Inclusive Trade

24.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Inclusive trade refers to the principle that all levels of society should gain from increased trade. It promotes the inclusion of groups that may currently be marginalised or challenged in their ability to engage with international trading opportunities.

The GTPA is planning to develop an Inclusive Trade White Paper that will produce practical recommendations on how capacity building and standard setting can facilitate a more inclusive international trading ecosystem. The paper will focus on four groups – gender, youth, diaspora and indigenous communities – and the importance of standards and capacity building to support their engagement in international trading opportunities. It will produce recommendations to benefit organisations, institutions and individual professionals engaged in international trade.

To facilitate the development of this white paper, the GTPA is seeking to engage with as many representatives of the highlighted groups as possible.

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Business Health Check webinar “eCommerce Risk Management”

Business Health Check webinar “eCommerce Risk Management”

23.09.2020 Collins Rex

You can download the latest eCommerce session video recording here. In this session you can join Ms Collins Rex who discussed:

  • Knowing the law 
  • Getting your price right 
  • Getting paid 
  • Your returns policy 
  • Understanding the tax implications 
  • Cybersecurity and data protection 
  • Protecting your IP
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More inclusive trade will be a vital component of a post-COVID economy and we want to hear from you

More inclusive trade will be a vital component of a post-COVID economy and we want to hear from you

18.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

The international trading system pre-Covid-19 pandemic did not provide full opportunities for all strata of society to benefit from international trade.

Beyond its human tragedy, the economic impacts of the pandemic, with national lockdowns shutting key elements of economic activity and global supply chains, have led to the most drastic slowdown in economic activity since the Great Depression.

Crises of this magnitude offer an opportunity for reflection as reconstruction and recovery begins.

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Big business getting all the government bandwidth?

Big business getting all the government bandwidth?

18.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Today, more than two-thirds of world trade occurs through global value chains (GVCs).

With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, GVCs – and supply chains more broadly – are transforming more rapidly than ever.

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Is COVID-19 slamming your business?

Is COVID-19 slamming your business?

18.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

According to a recent study, 94% of companies are seeing supply chain disruptions from COVID-19 and 75% have felt negative or strongly negative impacts on their business and 55% of companies plan to or have already downgraded their growth outlooks as a result.

Resilience and redundancy must be rebuilt into global supply chains.

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eCommerce Risk Management

eCommerce Risk Management

16.09.2020 Collins Rex

eCommerce has saved many a business in these COVID-restricted times, but selling online is far from risk free. Just as in any business, you need to understand the risks of selling online so that you can mitigate them.

Join our expert, Collins Rex, next week for “eCommerce Risk Management”, the next in the GTPA’s Business Health Check webinar series.

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eCommerce Customer Engagement Strategies

eCommerce Customer Engagement Strategies

16.09.2020 Collins Rex

In this session we discussed:

  • Customer engagement strategies 
  • Localising your website 
  • Translating your assets
  •  Fit-for-purpose marketing 
  • Developing an effective digital media strategy
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Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

14.09.2020 Robert Handfield

Evolutionary design requires individuals to constantly look for emerging patterns in how material moves through their supply chains. Force or action must be taken to change the path of supply chain flows, to compress the amount of time that inventory remains in the system or impacts how cash is consumed over time. Pioneers of lean supply chains sought to develop nearby suppliers, especially in automotive and electronics sectors. Over time, however, the appeal of low-cost production in Asia lured many Western manufacturers to seek production overseas. These extended supply chains are the equivalent of systems with low compression. In other words, they are extended, with long lead times, opaque visibility and tracking systems, and lots of inventory spread out through the transportation and logistics system.

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Can digital trade agreements spur the next round of growth?

Can digital trade agreements spur the next round of growth?

10.09.2020 Peterson Institute for International Economics

Amid lockdowns and other containment measures, digital technologies have kept trade flowing. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption and use of these new technologies, but digital protectionism risks fragmenting markets and limited the benefits of electronic commerce. To promote greater trade cooperation in this area, Singapore has started leading the negotiation of digital trade agreements.

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GTR Commodities 2020

GTR Commodities 2020

10.09.2020 Global Trade Review

Global Trade Review (GTR) is delighted to confirm that in line with current restrictions and concerns over the holding of physical events, GTR Commodities 2020 will be taking place virtually on September 15-16.

This exciting new initiative will combine a mixture of live-streamed and pre-recorded content and unrivalled networking via GTR’s dedicated virtual event platform, providing a comprehensive overview of the global commodities sector – from oil and gas, to metals, mining and agribusiness – as well as key financing trends.

Please join us in transitioning to this exciting new model, offering participants to benefit from critical market insights and idea-sharing, along with plentiful opportunities to network and connect to the wider community at a time of great uncertainty.

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GTR East Africa 2020 Virtual

GTR East Africa 2020 Virtual

07.09.2020 Global Trade Review

WHAT IS THE EVENT ABOUT?

BUILDING ECONOMIC RESILIANCE WITH TRADE

Global Trade Review (GTR) is delighted to announce that in line with current restrictions and concerns over travel and the holding of physical gatherings, GTR East Africa 2020 will take place virtually on October 1-2.

Once again welcoming support from a host of leading trade finance players alongside key supranational and industry bodies, this exciting event will utilise GTR’s bespoke virtual platform to deliver a comprehensive range of live-streamed and pre-recorded content and unrivalled networking opportunities, focusing on key trade sectors from commodities and agribusiness, to the development of local value-add industry and achieving digital innovation.

As we continue over a decade of market-leading gatherings, don’t miss your chance to participate in this beginning of an exciting new era for GTR East Africa; promising the high quality content and networking you have come to expect, delivered via specialist virtual technology platform for an optimal attendee experience.

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Has COVID-19 slammed your business?

Has COVID-19 slammed your business?

04.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

Supply chains are seeing rapid transformation. Driven by disruptions such as COVID-19. In the face of this transformation, we need your help so that you can be supported in building resilient supply chains. Whether you work in a large corporation or a small to medium-sized business or are a sole trader. Your views are important to help us understand how your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

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RESILIENT TEAMS FOR TRADE

RESILIENT TEAMS FOR TRADE

04.09.2020 Institute for International Trade

Over the past four months COVID-19 has exacerbated existing trade and geopolitical tensions, fuelled scepticism about the benefits of globalisation and seen already high-levels of economic uncertainty rise.

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Logistics Calculations - online training

Logistics Calculations - online training

04.09.2020 Joseph Meli

This online training course provides an in-depth overview of logistics calculations commonly used in the Transport and Logistics supply chain.

Designed by My Freight Career (RTO 90489) this training course has been developed for anyone, including students and employees needing a practical understanding of common weights, measurements and calculations used in Transport, Logistics and freight.

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Crisis recovery strategies

Crisis recovery strategies

04.09.2020 Lisa McAuley

As part of this online event we covered the following topics:

  • What constitutes a crisis?
  • Managing your way out of a crisis or disaster
  • Planning and managing supply chains in a crisis
  • Seeking opportunities in crisis recovery
  • Planning for a future crisis

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    Understanding and defining eCommerce markets

    Understanding and defining eCommerce markets

    04.09.2020 Collins Rex

    eCommerce markets – making a calculated choice. In order to select the best markets for your products/services, you need to do your homework.

    In this session we focused on:

    • Country comparisons
    • eCommerce penetration
    • Ease of doing business
    • Finding your fit
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    First dumping, now Australian wine exporters face a countervailing duty investigation by the Chinese Government

    First dumping, now Australian wine exporters face a countervailing duty investigation by the Chinese Government

    03.09.2020 Russell Weise

    Following on from the recently announced dumping duty investigation into Australian wine, the Chinese Government hit the industry with a countervailing duty investigation on 31 August. Below we briefly set out the claims that will be investigated by the Chinese government, the difference between a dumping and countervailing investigation and what further actions needs to be taken by Australian wine exporters.

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    GTR Asia 2020 Virtual

    GTR Asia 2020 Virtual

    31.08.2020 Global Trade Review

    Global Trade Review is delighted to announce that GTR Asia 2020, the world’s largest trade finance gathering, will this year be taking place virtually over 4 days, on September 8-11.

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    Risk management

    Risk management

    21.08.2020 Collins Rex

    Selling online – just as any business operation – comes with risks. The more you know, the more you can mitigate these risks.

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    Fulfilment and Logistics

    Fulfilment and Logistics

    21.08.2020 Collins Rex

    To simplify global logistics, you need to have both a reliable supply-chain and, if you manufacture your own products, a sound manufacturing strategy.

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    Effective customer engagement strategies

    Effective customer engagement strategies

    21.08.2020 Collins Rex

    To paraphrase that Illinois newspaper editor who way back in 1870 wrote something like: “Doing business without advertising is like winking in the dark.You know you’re doing it, but no one else does.”


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    GTPA will present a series of eCommerce webinars helping you build and grow a successful business

    GTPA will present a series of eCommerce webinars helping you build and grow a successful business

    21.08.2020 Collins Rex

    In 2019, retail eCommerce sales worldwide amounted to US$3.53 trillion (Statista) and these revenues are projected to grow to US$6.54 trillion US dollars in 2022.

    Selling online through eCommerce gives access to a world of new customers without many of the challenges, risks and expenses of establishing a physical presence in a new market.And for many businesses, eCommerce has presented a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic, with bricks and mortar operations facing enormous challenges.

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    How to build resilient global supply chains as a result of COVID-19? Enabling and supporting businesses

    How to build resilient global supply chains as a result of COVID-19? Enabling and supporting businesses

    20.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    Around the world, businesses are experiencing both distress and cautious optimism as they grapple with the effects of COVID-19. While thousands of them, particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), have had to close, many others continue to engage in global value chains (GVCs), or supply chains more broadly. While some parts of the manufacturing and services sectors, like the automotive and hospitality industries, have been severely affected, other sectors such as medical devices and telecommunications have seen demand grow exponentially.

    The way large businesses and MSMEs are experiencing disruptions also differs greatly, and within MSMEs themselves, the reality has been different for women-led businesses and MSMEs in small and developing economies. The current crisis, thus, offers opportunities to business and hopes for the future of global trade, but at the same time will require the largest business rescue and support programmes of the past century.

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    China commences anti-dumping investigation against Australian wine

    China commences anti-dumping investigation against Australian wine

    20.08.2020 Russell Weise

    What is dumping and what do wine exporters need to do now?

    The announcement that China has commence an anti-dumping investigation into Australia wine has come as a surprise many. Dumping is associated with unfair tactics and selling goods at a loss. This isn't what is associated with the Australian wine industry. However, the industry is in for a nasty shock – you can be found to be dumping even when acting ethically and selling at a profit.

    It is easy to argue that the investigation is politically motivated. However, it is important to keep in mind that this week Canada commenced a dumping investigation against Australian gluten. Further, since the start of this year, Australian has commenced five anti-dumping investigations against Chinese products. Australian wine exporters need to focus on how to get the best outcome from the investigation, rather than question the motives of the Chinese government.

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    Remote working, data & privacy in times of crisis

    Remote working, data & privacy in times of crisis

    20.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    In the past few months, we’ve all added a string of new acronyms and terms to our business vocabulary. WFH (work from home), BYOD (bring your own device), and FoW (future of work) have entered into everyday usage, while “asynchronous/synchronous communication”, “distributed team/work”, “cloud work”, and others, are gaining mainstream traction.

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    Crisis recovery strategies for small business

    Crisis recovery strategies for small business

    14.08.2020 Tristram Travers

    Please join the GTPA and our partners for the next business health check event on Crisis recovery strategies for small business. This session will explore, among a few topics, how to manage your way out of a crisis or disaster as well as planning and managing supply chain in a crisis.

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    Building Resilient Supply Chains in APEC and Facilitating GVCs

    Building Resilient Supply Chains in APEC and Facilitating GVCs

    14.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    Today, more than two-thirds of world trade occurs through global value chains (GVCs). With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, GVCs, and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly, even more now than at the beginning of 2020. While past decades fostered an expansion and enlargement of GVCs, more recently some have also shortened and become more localised, a trend which is likely to increase in the coming years as large and small businesses reconfigure their operations due to the pandemic and the eager adoption of digital technologies.

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    The many faces of trade braving a transforming world

    The many faces of trade braving a transforming world

    07.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    AAEI's Annual Conference and Expos provides a forum for trade service providers to reach decision making exporters and importers with new systems and products to facilitate supply chain logistics. AAEI is the leading trade association for technical expertise, and we have the latest information on a wide variety of topics, with some of the top experts in the industry. This year, AAEI will be conducting our conference in a "virtual" environment and expect to reach a broader audience of trade professionals in the United States and internationally.

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    Australia and Singapore sign digital trade agreement

    Australia and Singapore sign digital trade agreement

    07.08.2020

    Australia and Singapore have today signed a landmark Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) to further enhance digital trade opportunities for businesses and consumers in both our nations. Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, who signed the Agreement with Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing in a virtual signing ceremony, said it would help to expand the scope of our economic engagement with our largest two-way trading partner in South-East Asia.

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    The “German” debate on supply chain ethics: Assessing the role for businesses in human rights enforcement

    The “German” debate on supply chain ethics: Assessing the role for businesses in human rights enforcement

    07.08.2020 Institute for International Trade

    International supply chains have become a topic of fierce debate in Germany over the past weeks, and perhaps surprisingly not for pandemic-related issues. Proposed new laws requiring due diligence by firms to prevent human rights violations in their supply chains sparked controversy over the degree of responsibility firms can realistically be expected to bear, and how they may enforce this obligation. This “German” debate has relevance beyond the country’s borders, as developed country multinational corporations in particular are under increasing pressure to enhance their corporate social responsibility.

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    Global Supply Chain resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Global Supply Chain resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

    05.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains (GVCs), and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly. While past decades fostered an expansion and enlargement of global supply chains more recently some have also shortened and become more localised, a trend which is likely to increase in the coming years as MNCs and SMEs reconfigure their operations due to the pandemic and the resulting escalated adoption of digital technologies.

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    Event invitation: Global Supply Chain resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Event invitation: Global Supply Chain resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

    03.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    Today, more than two-thirds of world trade occurs through global value chains (GVCs). With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, GVCs, and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly, even more now than at the beginning of 2020.

    While past decades fostered an expansion and enlargement of GVCs, more recently some have also shortened and become more localised, a trend which is likely to increase in the coming years as large and small businesses reconfigure their operations due to the pandemic and the eager adoption of digital technologies.

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    Lanzamiento de la Encuesta Global de Resiliencia en Cadenas Globales de Suministro en APEC

    Lanzamiento de la Encuesta Global de Resiliencia en Cadenas Globales de Suministro en APEC

    03.08.2020 Tomás Quesada

    En momentos en que la economía mundial enfrenta múltiples interrupciones, incluido el lento crecimiento económico, desastres naturales, y más recientemente la pandemia del COVID-19, las cadenas globales de valor (CGVs), y las cadenas de suministro en general, están experimentando una rápida transformación.

    Durante las décadas pasadas, las cadenas globales de suministro se ampliaron y expandieron. Sin embargo, algunas de esas cadenas también empezaron a mostrar signos de acortamiento o localización. Esto último, es una tendencia que probablemente aumentará en los próximos años en la medida en que compañías multinacionales (CMNs) y pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYMEs) reconfiguran sus operaciones debido a la pandemia, así como a la extensa adopción de tecnologías digitales.

    Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), apoyada por el Gobierno de Australia y en nombre del Foro de Cooperación Económica Asia-Pacífico (APEC), se complace por el lanzamiento de la Encuesta Global de Resiliencia en Cadenas Globales de Suministro en APEC.

     

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    APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey Launched

    APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey Launched

    03.08.2020 Lisa McAuley

    With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains (GVCs), and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly.

    While past decades fostered an expansion and enlargement of global supply chains more recently some have also shortened and become more localised, a trend which is likely to increase in the coming years as Multinationals (MNCs) and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) reconfigure their operations due to the pandemic and the resulting escalated adoption of digital technologies.

    The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), supported by the Australian Government and on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, is pleased today to launch the APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey.

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    Digital marketing adventures

    Digital marketing adventures

    31.07.2020 Collins Rex

    Following on from our popular “Digital Marketing: The Basics” session, GTPA brings you “Digital Marketing: The Next Level." You can watch the webinar with Daniel Visser, the Managing Director of Wicked Witch Software a leading figure in the digital games world.

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    Finding the Right Ethical Supply Chain Partners

    Finding the Right Ethical Supply Chain Partners

    23.07.2020

    Fifty years ago, few people even had an idea about what ethical and unethical practices were happening behind the scenes of their supply chain. However, in recent times, we’ve come to realize the human, animal, and environmental impact of the products we use every day. Because of this, businesses have had to react, and today’s consumers expect that their money does not support things like sweatshops and child labor. As a business owner, how do you find partners that utilize ethical practices throughout the entire supply chain?

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    Helping Students ‘Think and Do’

    Helping Students ‘Think and Do’

    22.07.2020 Lisa McAuley

    Craig Weeks, the newest of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative’s (SCRC) eight executive advisors, is no stranger to helping students. Every year for the last 15 years, the business veteran has “adopted” a senior from his alma mater, Dickinson College, to help them get their resume in shape, network with alumni and ultimately land their first job. 

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    Digital Marketing: The Next Level

    Digital Marketing: The Next Level

    22.07.2020 Collins Rex

    Following on from our popular “Digital Marketing: The Basics” session, GTPA brings you “Digital Marketing: The Next Level." For this session, we’re delighted to be joined by a leading figure in the digital games world.

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    AOKpass - A Global Standard to Return to a Post COVID-19​​​​​​​ World

    AOKpass - A Global Standard to Return to a Post COVID-19​​​​​​​ World

    13.07.2020 ICC Academy

    As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, businesses will continue to need to meet compliance requirements imposed by government and industry to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. Join us for a conversation between the ICC Secretary General and the Co-founders of AOKpass about how it can support and complement your return to work strategies and standard operating procedures.

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    Live Q&A: Incoterms® 2020 – Get Your Questions Answered

    Live Q&A: Incoterms® 2020 – Get Your Questions Answered

    13.07.2020 ICC Academy

    How confident do you feel using the Incoterms® rules? Do you feel comfortable advising your clients or colleagues in other departments? Can you explain the rules to them in simple terms? Perhaps you have a solid understanding of the Incoterms® rules. You know the definitions and can recite the contractual obligations off by heart but still have some niggling questions or concerns. Or maybe you’re just not sure your understanding is 100% up to date since the launch of the Incoterms® 2020 at the start of this year.

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