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GTPA welcomes Shell, Coface and Business Aggregate to the Network: Winners of our ISO Certification door prizes at Record-Setting GTR Asia Trade & Treasury Conference, Singapore


GTPA was pleased to participate in the GTR Asia Trade & Treasury Conference in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands from the 4-7 September 2018. Over 1,000 delegates attended the conference, which is now firmly established as the largest international event in the trade, treasury and commodity finance market.

Joining the GTPA for the panel discussion to launch the upcoming new specialisation for Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance Professionals wereMr Alexander R, Malaket, Chair, International and Technical Advisory Committee, GTPA, Mr Tristram Travers, technical Director of the GTPA and Anushka Wijesinha, Advisor to the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT) in Sri Lanka.

GTPA is delighted to announce the following winners of the lucky door prize:

  • 1st Prize: Voucher for an organisation to offer to an export/ import client the ability to access free ISO 17065 certification as a Global Trading Business ISO 17065 approved: Jennifer Sequina from Shell in the Philippines
  • 2nd Prize: Global certification voucher for up to 5 employees within an organisation to access the ISO 17024 certification as a GTP: Ritu Taparia from Business Aggregate in India and the UAE
  • 3rd Prize: Global certification voucher for up to 3 employees within an organisation to access the ISO 17024 certification as a GTP: Aleksandra Kaczmarek from Coface in Singapore

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GTPA endorses bipartisan support to ratify the TPP-11


CEO of the GTPA and former CEO of the Export Council of Australia, Lisa McAuley says, “Increasing trade and investment is absolutely crucial to unlocking the opportunities for the 11 countries involved in the agreement. The TPP-11 is an important step forward at a time when the benefits of international trade are currently the subject of debate in various contexts.”

New modelling undertaken by economists from Brandeis International Business School and Johns Hopkins University highlighted that Australia is forecast to see $15.6 billion in net annual benefits to national income by 2030 and increases in exports of $29.9 billion as a result of the TPP-11. Consequently, the GTPA supports the bipartisan support for the ratification of the agreement.

The recent analysis also forecasts significant boosts to investment by 2030, with investment into Australia projected to increase $7.8 billion and additional overseas investment by Australian businesses increasing by $26 billion.

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GTPA supports the International Chamber of Commerce comments on the need to be constructive on trade


Thoughtful, fact-based and informed dialogue on trade is fundamental to assuring a robust and more inclusive model for trade around the world, as well as to demonstrably contributing to peace and security through engagement and mutual prosperity. Leadership today requires vision and courage, and the integrity to do more than pander to narrow interests and narrow views of the world.

The importance of such leadership at this moment in history cannot be overstated, nor can the importance of genuine dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, business, academia, civil society and the numerous international institutions tasked today with assuring the constructive evolution of the global economic system.

The GTPA supports the recent letter by John Denton, Secretary-general, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France in the Financial Times.

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Springboard your career today in Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance as GTPA launches brand new ISO certified programme in Singapore


GTPA is a new global trade ecosystem to advance and support businesses, trade organisations and professionals engaged in global trade. GTPA is the only organisation globally to develop the international standard for certifying trade professionals. The Global Trade Professional (GTP) Programme, has been developed under ISO/IEC 17024, for the certification of professional competence in the field of global 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 at a global level as well as to improve the performance and success of companies in global trade which will in turn boost the efficiency of trade processes.

Lisa McAuley, Executive Director of the GTPA said “In December 2017 we launched the first specialisation for Trade Management and today the GTPA is absolutely delighted to launch the very important specialisation of Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance with a pathway for trade finance experts from a Practitioner level all the way through to Executive level.”

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Recognising the benefits of the TPP-11


The Morrison Government welcomes new analysis confirming the real benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) to Australian businesses and the overall economy.

New modelling undertaken by economists from Brandeis International Business School and Johns Hopkins University shows Australia is forecast to see $15.6 billion in net annual benefits to national income by 2030 and increases in exports of $29.9 billion.

The analysis also forecasts significant boosts to investment by 2030, with investment into Australia projected to increase $7.8 billion and additional overseas investment by Australian businesses increasing by $26 billion.

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The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment- Visit to the United Kingdom


This week I will visit London to strengthen Australia’s trade, tourism and investment relationship with the United Kingdom.

While Brexit will change the framework for our engagement with the UK, it will not alter its foundations – which are underpinned by our shared heritage, common values, and closely- aligned strategic outlook.

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The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment- India Economic Strategy


The Turnbull Government welcomes the release of An India Economic Strategy to 2035: Navigating from Potential to Delivery by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Government commissioned this report to look beyond the immediate horizon and provide a roadmap for unlocking the opportunities that will help India and Australia grow together. It is about cementing India as a priority economic partner.

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New Startups Take Their Products Global


Seven NSW startups will learn from global innovation experts in Tel Aviv, as part of a joint program hosted in one of the world's most advanced innovation hubs.

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Investment Opportunities in China


The Australian Government welcomes new Chinese Government reforms to remove barriers in investment in priority sectors, increasing opportunities for Australian investors in the world’s second largest economy.

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Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018 “Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development”


Prominent African and international business executives and investors to explore business opportunities at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS); a prestigious biennial conference and exhibition to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

Organized by GAA Exhibitions & Conferences, the 2018 ATIGS edition will gather key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors on June 24, 25 and 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Designed to promote and facilitate international trade between Americas, Asia, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa, the 3-days event will provide a unique platform to gain strategic knowledge about local investment opportunities and business networking.

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The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment- WOMEN IN EXPORT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER


I am pleased to announce Dalene Wray as the winner of this year’s Chief Executive Women (CEW) Austrade Women in Export Scholarship.

Ms Wray is Managing Director of OBE Organic, an Australian company specialising in organic beef, and has pioneered sustainability and disease management programs, aimed at boosting farmer productivity, improving animal health and welfare and reducing supply chain waste.

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The news that Australians will be blocked from shopping on Amazon's international websites and restricted to using its smaller local platform, so the e-commerce giant complies with new GST rules on online purchases, although not welcome, has not come as a surprise.

The GTPA has previously expressed its concern over the impact of the GST Low Value Goods Bill and other attempts recently to impose additional costs on e-commerce imports.

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New Guide For Australian Fruit and Vegetable Exporters


Australian fruit and vegetable exporters wanting to go global can now access advice on every step of the export journey in a single online guide.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, today launched, ‘Fresh fruit and vegetable export requirements: A guide for Australian business’ a Turnbull Coalition Government initiative ensuring Australia’s horticulture producers have the necessary information to capitalise on the sizeable business opportunities on our doorstep.

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Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment - Speech - 100th FTA Seminar


Today marks a milestone, it’s the 100th Free Trade Agreement information seminar.

Like the other FTA seminars held over the last three years, this event is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Australia’s trade agreements and how to use them to grow your business.

During today’s seminar, you will find out about new, substantial business
opportunities associated with Australia’s Free Trade Agreements; get advice about the government services and programs available to help you on your export journey, including from Austrade and the Export Finance Insurance Corporation; have an opportunity to learn more about the award-winning FTA Portal, which provides easy access to crucial information for those of you wanting to export goods and services; and hear from a local business representative, Tom Quinn from OzKleen.


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The Commonwealth can take a leadership role in shifting the nature and tone of the Aid for Trade and Trading out of Poverty discourse


“Trade has been a major contributor to economic growth and poverty reduction, but more can be done to make it even more inclusive.” Ms Lisa McAuley CEO of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (“GTPA”).

“I was delighted to participate on the recent All Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty with ODI (APPG-TOP with ODI), led by Lord Purvis of the UK and Minister Enelamah of Nigeria and supported by the APPG-TOP Secretariat as well as the group of experts representing various Commonwealth countries.”

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Parliamentary group calls on Commonwealth leaders to put trade for development at the heart of CHOGM 2018 summit


An Inquiry Committee of distinguished experts has today published its Final Report examining the potential of the Commonwealth family of 53 nations to help its poorest countries and citizens to trade out of poverty, in line with the values of the Commonwealth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Inquiry Committee –– co-chaired by Lord Jeremy Purvis of the UK and Hon. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria –– was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty and the UK Overseas Development Institute in September last year.

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New Jobs and More Trade as Confidence Rises for Aussie Exporters


Rising confidence among Australia’s exporters is expected to grow trade and create new jobs this year.

A survey of Australia’s small to medium exporters reveals confidence is 10 percentage points higher compared to this time last year.

The Exporter Sentiment Index, released today, shows strong confidence among Australian SME exporters with five of the six measures higher than the last survey in 2017.

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Statement by President Donald Tusk on the draft guidelines on the framework for the future relationship with the UK


Good afternoon. I am very happy to be back in Luxembourg. And very happy to be here with my colleague and good friend, Prime Minister Bettel, to discuss the agenda of the March European Council.

Two hours ago, I sent the EU27 Member States my draft guidelines for our relations with the UK after Brexit. I'm here in Luxembourg to consult the Prime Minister on these guidelines that I hope will be adopted at our European Council in March. It is not a coincidence that once again I start my consultations ahead of a European Council meeting here in Luxembourg with Prime Minister Bettel. I really value your advice - always very constructive and responsible.

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Building an MSME Ecosystem


A recurring challenge in deliberations related to MSME engagement in international markets, including in the context of global supply chain ecosystems and in deliberations related to policy solutions aimed at enabling such engagement is, in the first instance, to understand what qualifies as an MSME. The definition of an MSME varies significantly across jurisdictions, to the extent that a mediumsized enterprise in one market could include companies generating multiple hundreds of millions in annual turnover, whilst in another market, is likely to be a fraction of that in size and economic value.

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The GTPA calls for informed dialogue and statesmanship on trade: Myopic self-interest and cavalier attitudes on trade wars put global recovery and growth at risk


Developments in international trade over the last year and beyond, including those related to NAFTA and the TPP, implications of Brexit on trade, and more recently, the risk of triggering trade wars through unjustified tariffs, combine to drive a call for informed, fact-based and thoughtful dialogue. Trumped-up justifications based on alleged national security concerns set a dangerous precedent, putting at risk the progress achieved over decades in advancing rules-based trade to which most of the globe adheres today.

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