Trade Policy

CLDP provides support to government offices, local businesses, research institutions and non-governmental organizations that promote private sector participation in trade policy formation and cross-border trade. In coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Trade Policy Analysis (OTPA), CLDP organizes workshops to provide training on OTPA’s e-Learning toolkit for trade analysts in foreign government agencies and organizations.  CLDP likewise works with recently appointed commercial attachés to provide training on expanding business opportunities and acting as interface between domestic firms and potential foreign partners.  CLDP also organizes consultations where representatives from U.S. government agencies, business associations and private industry meet with foreign delegations to promote linkages with U.S. exporters.

Trade Agreements

CLDP frequently provides support to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and foreign governments during negotiations and implementation of free trade agreements.  CLDP identifies technical assistance needs under many of the chapters and designs programs uniquely tailored to make the agreement more successful in the partner country.  Similarly, CLDP participates in many bilateral trade meetings (such as TIFAs, Trade and Investment Framework Agreements, and TICAs, Trade and Investment Cooperation Agreement) to help identify and remove current barriers to expanding trade between the US and the other developing or transitional country.  CLDP programs cover a wide range of topics including government procurement, intellectual property, product standards, textiles, public health, services, agriculture, customs and transparency.  CLDP programs also teach foreign firms how to better avail themselves of the tariff advantages inherent to the generalized system of preferences (GSP).

WTO Accession

CLDP supports the efforts of countries seeking accession to the WTO.  Working closely with USTR, CLDP advisors provide technical expertise to enable each country to draft the appropriate laws, regulations and practices that must be in place prior to accession.  Typical topics for this assistance include government procurement, intellectual property rights, customs valuation, trade remedies, product standards and transparency.

Trade Associations

CLDP implements programs designed to build the institutional and technical capacities of trade associations to conduct trade analysis, to engage industry experts and to develop relationships with international firms.

Trade Remedies

CLDP conducts programs designed to build the capacities of foreign government officials to address unfair trade practices through anti-dumping actions and countervailing duties.

CLDP in Action

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018

On September 18-19, in Doha, CLDP held its second workshop to support the Qatar Ministry of Finance Office of Procurement Regulation’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support broader transparency, efficiency, and harmonized standards in Qatar.  Over the past decade, Qatar has initiated several large infrastructure and development projects and will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has required it to reform its commercial legal framework.  CLDP's workshop supported the newly formed working group of key ministries, agencies, and stakeholders that will develop the government procurement regime. Expert-advisors for the program included U.S. officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and a World Bank procurement consultant.  GSA experts discussed best practices to develop and create framework agreements for commercial commodities and services, primarily focusing on pre-qualification evaluation and cost analysis from using such agreements.  Several sessions also reviewed international standards for standardized electronic procurement, with a key emphasis on e-advertising platforms. The workshop is part of a series of programs on procurement best practices in Qatar, which will help level the playing field for domestic and U.S. companies bidding on government contracts.