Trade facilitation policy for MSMEs
TRADE FACILITATION INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT MSMES
For many MSMEs, navigating the complexity of doing business globally while maintaining a competitive edge requires the development of new skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to draw on a trusted network of skilled professionals and consulting services with the required competencies to support their business growth.
Many of these businesses have significant international growth potential from day one of their operations and are essentially “born global”. Competing on a global scale from the outset means it is imperative that these businesses enjoy access to support networks and an ecosystem that allows them to take advantage of new opportunities.
HOW TRADE FACILITATION AND DIGITALISATION EMPOWER MSMES
Trade support services that are geared to areas such as trade finance, logistics and supply chain management, and customs and freight forwarding have traditionally seen low levels of participation by MSMEs.
At times this is because MSMEs lack to initiative to take advantage of the support on offer, and at times it can be the result of a disinclination by service providers to assist smaller and especially micro-sized businesses. This needs to change.
A core component of facilitating greater MSME participation in global trade is not only to ensure that they are not disadvantaged from a trade facilitation perspective, but that they are actively supported in terms of engaging in a broad spectrum of trade activities.
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.