The Trusted Network Powering Global Supply Chains and their Communities
Navigating the complexity of doing business globally and maintaining a competitive edge requires up-to-date skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to recognise skilled professionals who have the required competencies for global trade.
In the absence of a trusted certification programme of professional competence in global trade, many businesses often rely on a range of informal
processes to identify and develop appropriate skills within their business. However, it is recognised that these informal processes often leave
MSMEs struggling to develop appropriate global trade skills and to identify competent professionals to assist them.
A trusted certification process will:
- reduce the cost and risk of employing global trade professionals (GTPs) by facilitating the easy recognition of professional skills (including their level and currency) – ‘Trusted in Trade’;
- highlight the breadth of skills and knowledge required to minimise global trade risk;
- assist businesses to access the necessary information and contacts, as well as the legal and commercial intelligence to navigate regulatory regimes in global markets and to understand local business and cultural practices;
- drive continuous professional development among global trade professionals;
- provide a structured career path for trade professionals;
- provide mutual recognition of the competencies of trade professionals across geopolitical boundaries;
- provide pathways for the ongoing skills development in LDCs;
- drive economic development and job creation, as well as foster innovation, by facilitating growth through global trade;
- improve the global networking of trade professionals.
While the GTP Programme is aimed at all trade professionals, it provides a significant advantage to MSMEs (and supply chains incorporating MSMEs) by facilitating their upskilling. It also empowers women to engage in global trade through internationally recognised capacity and capability programmes which directly contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Specific training and education can increase the ability of individuals and businesses to respond to changing global market conditions to remain competitive.
As globalisation continues to drive trade growth, MSMEs need to acknowledge the role of skills development in preparing their business for dealings
in the global market.
The same can be said of encouraging more women to engage in global trade by empowering them through education.
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.