Capacity building and standards development for inclusive trade
The GTPA is working on an Inclusive Trade White Paper that will produce practical recommendations on how capacity building and standard setting can facilitate a more inclusive international trading ecosystem.
Inclusive trade refers to the principle that all levels of society should gain from increased trade. It promotes the inclusion of groups that may currently be marginalised or challenged in their ability to engage with international trading opportunities.
The paper focuses on four of these groups - gender, youth, diaspora and indigenous communities – and the importance of standards and capacity building to support their engagement in international trading opportunities. It will produce recommendations to benefit organisations, institutions and individual professionals engaged in international trade.
The outcomes of the paper are to:
- Support policy makers in ensuring that policy settings and commercial environments are structured to achieve fair and equitable access to international trading opportunities
- Support international trade professionals in becoming well-rounded and well-versed on issues pertaining to inclusive trade
- Raise awareness of and reinforce the need to ensure that gains from international trade are equitably shared by all in society
The paper will be supported by literature reviews of current research pertaining to inclusive trade, as well as primary research conducted
with relevant stakeholders around the world to obtain current insights, case studies and examples of best practice.
We are undertaking stakeholder engagement over the coming months in the production of this White Paper with parties with significant experience and knowledge of engaging with these societal groups from a trade perspective.
If you are interested in participating and have unique knowledge or perspectives to share on these issues, or for more information, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.