Francis Wong OAM
Francis Wong OAM is a leading South Australian entrepreneur who migrated from Brunei in 1988 to establish one of the more awarded national tourism companies in Australia. Since his arrival he has been actively developing positive relationships between Australia and global economies, especially Asia. His global tourism connections have enable him to open many doors for Australian and Asian businesses and establish successful relationships.
In 1988, he was awarded The Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in Tourism for South Australia and in 2014, was honoured by the Australian Tourism Export Council for Australia’s Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the tourism industry.
Francis is active with his international trade promotion, because of his works, he was awarded the 2002, 2003 & 2004 International Business Ambassador of the Year by Council for International Trade and Commerce SA. In 2014, at Australia Day, he was recognised for his contribution to business and community and was honour with the Medal of Order of Australia- OAM.
He successful hosted both the 40th ASEAN-Australia 40th Year Diplomatic Relationship Business Forum in 2014 and 50th Year ASEAN Anniversary Business Forum in 2017 as Organising Chairman in Adelaide, Australia.
Francis sits on boards of Tourism Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, Football Federation of SA and previously was Chair, Council for International Trade and Commerce SA, Director of South Australia Motor Sports Association, Adelaide United Football Club, Australian Tourism Export Council, Adelaide City Councillor, Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and Australia-Brunei Business Council.
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- 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.