To succeed in today’s competitive business environment, exceptional individuals must rise out above the crowd.The GTPA Seven Summits Trade Challenge (SSTC) provides trade professionals with formal recognition of their career achievements, as well as giving them a structured pathway to build on their trade skills and expertise to reach new heights in the dynamic and ever-changing world of global commerce.
The SSTC is the only global professional qualification and competency-building framework of its kind that is tied to the ISO/IEC Certification
programme. It also offers an alternative pathway to certification as a Global Trade Professional under ISO/IEC 17024 from foundation through
Professional, Management, Executive and Fellow levels. This allows trade professionals to be recognised as true, well-rounded experts in their
By providing a structured pathway to competency development and lifelong learning, the SSTC aims to inspire those working in international trade
to build knowledge and skills across all the facets of trade, including trade management, trade and supply chain finance, trade policy, and regulation and compliance.
Professionals who complete the SSTC will not only have proven excellence in their own areas of specialisation, they will have acquired a deep understanding of areas outside their comfort zone.
Why does a business or trade policy professional need technical international trade skills?
Trade professionals need to understand policy as a strategic business function and as a means to better engage with government to shape their operating
environment. Conversely, international policy-makers need practical international business skills to ensure policy is crafted to suit real-world
The SSTC is about individuals in international trade gaining skills that will lead them to achieve greater heights professionally, which in-turn
leads to business growth, increased productivity and strengthened competitiveness at home and overseas.
The ideal SSTC candidate will be able to demonstrate or who is aspiring to be:
- A competent negotiator who develops mutually acceptable solutions
- An effective communicator and collaborator, both in delivery and receipt across various mediums
- A creative thinker, problem solver and innovator at all levels of engagement through to thought leadership and driving innovation in trade
- A strategic leader with the ability to consider and provide strategic leadership to others
- An ethical specialist who maintains professional standards and demands integrity in all actions
- An informed risk taker with a well-considered appetite for risk based on identifying, managing and mitigating both current and future risks
- A well networked professional, actively developing and maintaining global trade networks
Why GTPA developed the Seven Summits Trade Challenge?
Increased globalisation, constant technological advances and other competitive pressures are accelerating the pace of change that both trade
policy professionals and global trading businesses face. The resulting opportunities and threats to global trade impact those working in
government, industry, business as well as companies that support and facilitate trade.
Traditional business qualifications and courses focus heavily on theory and knowledge development but not necessarily the practical skills. This often leave graduates ill-prepared for the practical aspects of working in an international trade environment. Many of the skills required are learned on the job, while understanding trade from a policy perspective is often overlooked.
The SSTC was created to fill the gaps in traditional trade/international business education while providing a graduated pathway to formalise
practical skills development in trade/international business, in order to produce well-rounded and well-qualified professionals.
The SSTC will officially launch in September 2019. If you are interested in obtaining further information and who may wish to make a
head start on preparing for certification can contact the GTPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to our database to receive updates.
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.