Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

New international trade peak body launched

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THE Global Trade Professionals Alliance was launched this week as part of the biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, held alongside the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires.

GTPA is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation connecting people and organisations to a network that powers supply chains and their communities around the world.

During the organisation’s launch trade minister, Steven Ciobo, announced that Australia would be the first country to provide $2.5m of funding over three years to the GTPA, enabling it to support at least six developing countries in South East Asia and the Pacific in the establishment of local GTPA chapters.

GTPA executive director Lisa McAuley (who was until recently CEO of the Export Council of Australia) said the GTPA could be a vital asset in raising professional competencies and promoting world-class practices in international trade through local chapters and the global network of experts.

“Local chapters of the GTPA can serve as critical node in ‘trading out of poverty’ strategies,” she said.

“The GTPA can provide the framework and infrastructure for the development and deployment of just such a network.”

A statement from GTPA said the organisation is about creating interconnecting ecosystems across all aspects of global trade based on building strategic partnerships with local organisations.

GTPA is looking to collaborate with existing export associations or chambers of commerce to build value and delivery capabilities in both developed and developing countries.

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