We are currently living in extraordinary circumstances, and first and foremost we must remain safe and keep ourselves, our community, and those closest to us healthy.
The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) have joined forces to collaborate with the Institute of International Trade (IIT) at The University of Adelaide and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.
As a group, we are aware that as businesses implement major changes to manage disruptions and continue operating, many could benefit from the insight
and fellowship of peers in similar positions, and the assistance of experts who can offer advice and leadership.
We believe this is particularly true of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) who may be feeling isolated and vulnerable.
While the global business landscape is changing quite rapidly, we must be assured that it will eventually stabilise at some future time. In the mean-time, businesses’capacity to survive will depend on their ability to navigate the current disruptions and innovate the ways in which they communicate, manage their business and engage customers.
Whether experiencing current difficulties, or searching to unlock future opportunities, it is crucial that businesses, trade organisations, and trade professionals now activate their community instincts and networks; no one business, whether big or small, needs to navigate these rather stormy waters alone.
Maintaining a healthy business in times of global crisis business support service:
- Business health check webinar series
- Resource library
- Useful links and government support
- Mentoring support
- COVID-19 business champion awards
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.