Standards are the key to consistency in business. They set out the processes, procedures and frameworks to ensure that products, services, processes and people meet a qualified set of expectations. Standards streamline and systematise complexity to provide a level of trust in the best means to achieving an outcome, a capability, a competency or an output.
Standards do far more than just help you comply with the relevant rules and regulations. They play a crucial role in facilitating international trade, supporting businesses into export markets by lowering barriers to trade.
Regulators often count on standards as a means to verify outcomes, capabilities or outputs.
For businesses, especially micro, small or medium enterprises (MSMEs), adhering to international trade standards can reduce the cost and risk of doing business while also providing an opportunity to increase productivity, build supplier trust, increase customer confidence and access new market opportunities.
These are all achieved through ensuring consistency, minimising non-conformance and establishing frameworks to deliver expectations.
Standards work to achieve ‘The best way of doing something’.
Certifying adherence to international trade standards is the most effective means to providing a network of trusted trade professionals and specialist
consulting services to facilitate a businesses’ international expansion much earlier in their operations. It is increasingly common today for
a start-up to “go international” on day one of operations, whether through online channels, on the basis of unsolicited orders, or as part
of a conscious management decision. Opportunity abounds, but at the same time the luxury of honing competencies and dealing with risk in a
familiar domestic market is no longer a given.
It is imperative that businesses not only have access to the right competencies but the support of an ecosystem to assist them to take advantage of new international opportunities.
Global ISO/IEC standards can provide the underlying trust mechanism and be harnessed to facilitate and break down barriers to trade.
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.