Trade

July 14, 2019 - July 20, 2019

Afghanistan: Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth

July 14, 2019 - July 20, 2019

On July 14-20, 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the U.S.

July 10, 2019 - July 11, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products

On July 10-11, 2019, in coordination with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, CLDP will implement a Workshop on Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products in San Salvador, El Salvador.

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Afghanistan: Alternative Dispute Resolution Trainings

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019

On June 28-30, CLDP will hold two ADR programs for Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Afghanistan – one training for staff members of the ADR Centers and another for arbitrators of the ADR Centers. The staff training will focus on skills necessary to manage cases efficiently, effectively, and confidentially. The arbitrators training will focus on a certified arbitration training, including arbitration rules and procedures as well as award writing.

May 16, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Ukraine: Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop

As part of CLDP’s on-going assistance to the GOU on trade facilitation, CLDP supported Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop on May 16-17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The two-day workshop proved a resounding success marked by high attendance and un-ending questions.  CLDP supported two experts, Elizabeth Grant from Customs Border Protection and Anja Wegner from World Customs Organization), whose expertise on advance rulings, data confidentiality and data models deepened participants awareness of and understanding. Ukraine officials and private sector expressed keen interest as evidenced by several dozens of questions in plenary as well as over coffee breaks.  Ukraine warmly welcomed a possible on-going dialogue under CLDP’s leadership to assist with practical implementation on this trade facilitation topic. 

May 13, 2019 - May 14, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Regulatory Impact Analysis

On May 13-14, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on ‘Best Practices: Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA),” for 25 government representatives from El Salvador’s Regulatory Improvement Agency (OMR) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

In December of 2018, the Salvadoran Regulatory Improvement Law was passed, thereby formalizing OMR as the oversight body for El Salvador’s public consultation processes effective April 9, 2019. To support OMR as it assumes the role of coordinating and overseeing El Salvador’s notice and comment procedures, Commerce organized a workshop that set forth best practices on conducting effective regulatory impact analyses. 

 

Currently there does not exist a legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in El Salvador. Moreover, Salvadoran ministries struggle to coordinate with one another, further hindering interagency coordination and stakeholder engagement required to perform transparent analysis of the anticipated consequences of economically significant regulatory actions. Recognizing the importance ofinstitutionalizing best practices and encouraging efficiency in the Salvadoran regulatory review process, CLDP & ITA led a two-day workshop that showcased best practices for performing regulatory impact analyses.

 

The workshop showcased how U.S. agencies approach regulatory impact analyses from the initial assessment that quantifies and monetizes the anticipated costs and benefits of a proposed regulation, to identifying alternative regulatory actions. To achieve this, CLDP & ITA called upon interagency experts to share best practices in implementing a whole-of-government approach for improved governance and transparency in the regulatory process. The experts provided an overview of the legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in the U.S. and illustrated howeffective coordination within and among agencies is essential to achieving regulatory coherence. Moreover, the experts shared practical tools that OMR can implement across the government to increase private sector input in the regulatory process. To conclude, the experts led the participants in interactive case studies that simulated minor proposed changes to sweeping regulatory revisions.

 

As a result of this workshop, OMR increased its understanding of efficiency in the regulatory review process within an international trading scheme. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Salvadoran government and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures Focused on Information Availability

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia. 

May 8, 2019 - May 9, 2019

Honduras: Trade Facilitation Workshop on Interagency Coordination

On May 8-9, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on ‘Best Practices: Interagency Coordination & Stakeholder Engagement,” for 70 government representatives from Central America’s Northern Triangle in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

April 29, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Suppy Chain Management

On April 29, 2019, CLDP & USTR conducted a workshop on ‘Strengthening Supply Chain Management,’ for 70 textile and apparel industry representatives in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

March 18, 2019 - March 19, 2019

Northern Triangle: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Public Consultation

On March 18-19, in collaboration with ITA, CBP, and USDA, CLDP conducted a trade facilitation workshop on best practices in public consultation for more than 60 government officials and private sector representatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

March 17, 2019 - March 20, 2019

CLDP to Sponsor Algerian and Tunisian Delegations to Franchise Expo Paris

On March 17-20, 2019, CLDP sponsored delegations of franchising stakeholders from Algeria and Tunisia, including government officials and private-sector executives, in which they attended a workshop and visited an expo focused on international franchising in Paris, France.