Response to the OECD public consultation on “Guidance on Countering Illicit Trade: Transparency in Free Trade Zones”
The GTPA believes that the success of implementing the Code of Conduct will largely be driven through collaboration and this requires a coordinated approach between multilateral organisations, government agencies in each country including Trade Promotion Organisations, Customs Agencies, Foreign Affairs Departments and Industry/ Economic Development.
For successful implementation the OECD should consider the following:
- Aim to ensure that there is a balance between increased security requirements and the need to facilitate trade;
- Businesses, especially SMEs, are already facing burdensome border processes, and that additional costly requirements may make their businesses unviable;
- Acknowledge that risks cannot be eliminated, but should be appropriately managed;
- Authorities should work with reliable and trustworthy private sector partners (e.g. shipping and logistics companies), especially in sharing information and intelligence;
- Recognise that utilisation of new technologies that help track the integrity of the supply chain will be helpful, but should also be supported by regular verification process undertaken by both regulators and industry;
- Provide support to lower income countries who require capacity building assistance to implement the reforms sought.
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.