Executive Secretariat for the EIF at the WTO
Bringing 15 years' experience in trade and development Simon has worked as a trade advisor for the Government of Lao PDR, a director of an international development firm, and is currently a Coordinator based at the World Trade Organization. Simon has a Masters' degree in Economics focused on industrial development and trade for which he was recognized by the Economics Society of South Africa. Amongst other areas, Simon's expertise includes areas including regional integration, sustainability certification, and practical trade support. He continues research in areas such as the future direction for Aid for Trade. In his work with the Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat based at the WTO Simon coordinates work across a portfolio of Least-developed Countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and is the focal point in the EIF for thematic issues related to the 2030 Development Agenda, Agriculture and SPS/TBT issues.
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.