Vision and Mission Statement
Vision: To harmonise the practices of global trade and improve the trade participation and performance of MSMEs through the development
of a global certification programme for trade professionals.
Mission: To drive the advancement of the GTPA as the peak body for global trade professionals who are ‘Trusted in Trade’.
- To establish a Global Trade Professional (GTP) certification programme based on ISO/IEC 17024, which is the recognised international standard for the certification of competent people;
- To create a harmonised set of competency requirements for various trade professional functions;
- To approve education providers around the world and their courses as being suitable for providing knowledge related to the harmonised set of competency requirements for GTPs;
- To equip MSMEs with the skills and capabilities required to conduct profitable global trade by effectively and efficiently recognising the competence of individuals through the GTP Programme;
- To establish a forum for global trade professionals to exchange ideas and knowledge, as well as reward excellence in global trade skills via the GTP Programme;
- To develop and empower the participation of women in global trade through the GTP Programme;
- To provide a platform of knowledge sharing for trade capability and capacity-building for MSMEs from both LDCs and developed countries (DCs) via the GTP Programme;
- To interact with and provide support to sector-specific associations and councils representing all businesses engaged in global trade through the GTP Programme.
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.