Seven Summits Graduate Executive ProgrammeWhy is investing in skills development and competency important for trade professionals?
The increasing rate of change in both the trade environment and the work/employment environment drives the ongoing requirement for individuals to maintain
their existing skills as well as expand their technical competencies and soft skills.
A challenge for all organisations in trade is maintaining the currency and relevance of their internal staff’s competencies in this ever-changing environment.
Organisations must be confident that they have staff that are acknowledged as a global trade professional and that they continually update their capabilities
to ensure their skills and knowledge remain relevant to meet the requirements of their employers, clients, regulators and other stakeholders.
GTPA Graduate Executive Programme for leaders in global trade
The GTPA Graduate Executive Programme for trade professionals provides the gold standard in terms of developing the right skills and competencies for individuals
and institutions in the professional practice of trade-related disciplines.
Upskilled trade professionals will, in turn, strengthen the health, sustainability and growth of supporting sounds trade policy development in least developing
The GTPA Graduate Executive Programme is specifically tailored for professionals outlined in the below table and provides further opportunities for developing
their understanding of the broader global business landscape and commercial trade management.
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.