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.


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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.


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