On September 9-11, CLDP supported the second meeting of the Central Asia Customs Working Group in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with support by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the World Customs Organization.
CLDP, in coordination with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), organized the inaugural meeting of the Customs Working Group as part of the Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meetings on June 9-13, 2014 in Washington, DC.
As part a new area of programming, CLDP conducted the first of a series of workshops on Customs Valuation and Classification in collaboration with the State Revenue Committee of Armenia (SRC), in Yerevan, Armenia, on December 17-20, 2013.
In cooperation with the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), CLDP and the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration organized workshops devoted to combatting corruption for over 150 mid-level ECA staff in Alexandria, Port Said, and Cairo on January 9-16.
As part of CLDP's program to development the intellectual property environment in Kyrgyzstan, CLDP sponsored a conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on October 16-17 on Customs Measures for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights.
As part of its continued collaboration with the State Customs Service of Ukraine, CLDP conducted the third of a series of workshops on specific issues and procedures in customs valuation and post audit valuation on April 17-20, 2012 in Kyiv.
Begun as a small joint venture between USAID and Commerce to help the Former Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe transition to more market-oriented economies, CLDP has expanded to help meet the legal technical assistance needs of more than 50 countries in Eurasia, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. On February 23rd, CLDP celebrated 20 years of technical assistance in commercial law.
Since the signing of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement, CLDP has been providing technical assistance to Oman to meet imminent obligations under the FTA. Under the second phase of a program to support Oman's efforts to develop an Advance Rulings system for customs inquiries, 9 officials from the Royal Omani Police Directorate General of Customs participated in consultations in the U.S. from January 11 - 19, 2012.