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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
Tuesday, December 12 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Building a collaborative global ecosystem to empower and educate SMEs through a global trusted professionalised network

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GTPA: The New Global Standard in Expertise-Based Trusted Networks

This session will introduce the Global Trade Professionals Alliance, outline the mandate, organisation and aspirations of the GTPA, and link the GTPA trusted network to the professionalization of trade practice.

We will explore the GTPA as a powerful channel for the dissemination of best practices and contributions to economic inclusion and development through trade, as well as charting a path for GTPA as an important complement to the work of international organisations, trade promotion organisations, policy bodies and others working to enable trade around the globe.

The GTPA’s competency-based approach, rooted in a global ISO standard, adds a level of discipline to the development of expertise in all aspects of international trade, and in so doing, uniquely links areas like trade management, supply chain practices, legal, regulatory and compliance skills, together with trade-related financing and international development.

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Deborah Elms

Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr. Elms sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is... Read More →
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Martin Furlong

Director of International Programs and Professor of International Business, Universidad de Belgrano
Martin Furlong is an international trade and business internationalization specialist with multidisciplinary competences in strategic management, market development, policy, and law.As Director of International Relations for Universidad de Belgrano (UB), Argentina, Martin is leading... Read More →
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Alexander R. Malaket

President, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Trade, Trade Finance and SCF and International Development
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Lisa Mcauley

Executive director, GTPA
Lisa McAuley is Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)Lisa has worked in international trade for over ten years, most recently as CEO of the ECA has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance... Read More →
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Shanker Singham

Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies, Legatum Institute
International trade, competition and regulatory policy
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Tristram Travers

Technical Director, Global Trade Professionals Alliance
Tristram Travers is a consultant with over 30 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors, 20 of those in senior leadership positions. In the private sector he led corporate export businesses through high levels of growth and organisational change including... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano