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.
We asked Ziyaad a few questions on becoming one of the first inaugural GTP’s under ISO/IEC 17024.
Why did you decide to apply for a GTP status?
I decided to apply for a GTP status because I felt that the time was right to increase my qualification in trade policy development.I felt that applying for a GTP status; it would provide me with a step in the right direction.
What are the benefits for you to retain ISO/IEC 17024 status?
As far as I am aware, the ISO/IEC 17024 is the only professional standard that is available to the trade professionals.Therefore, it is important for me to retain the status.
How will you use your new ISO/ IEC 17024 GTP status?
I am in an advantageous position, because I work directly with the developing countries and LDCs in the multilateral trading system.Using my ISO/IEC 17024 GTP Status, I am better equipped to work with them and follow the negotiations.
How did you find the application process and what did you learn through this process?
The application process is very challenging.I was applying for the trade management module, there was extensive research that I had to undertake and it was quite interesting to see the impact of trade policies on every aspect of a business.
How else would you like to engage with the GTPA network going forward?
I intend to attend networking events and through the GTPA website so that I can exchange ideas with other GTPA graduates and build my network.
Would you recommend becoming a GTP to any of your peers/ networks?
I would recommend my peers to become a GTP because I feel that it is a great opportunity to build and attain a professional standard, which is not available elsewhere.