October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Pre-Moot Training in Abu Dhabi

On October 20-22, CLDP, in collaboration with Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and the University of United Arab Emirates of Al Ain (UAEA) will kickstart the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot program in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

August 20, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Delhi: CLDP Conducts Trademark Examiners Workshop

From August 20-22, in New Delhi, CLDP, in partnership with USPTO, conducted a Trademark Examiners Workshop for the Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Property Office (ACBR-IP).  The three-day workshop focused on key aspects of TM examination, including global best practices and a comparison of current policies and procedures of ACBR-IP and USPTO.  This is the first in a planned series of progressively more difficult workshops resulting in increased analytical skills for Afghan TM examiners, as well as enhancing the quality, timing, and consistency in processing TM registration submissions to the Afghan TM Office. 

August 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Morocco: Afghanistan Mining Course

Details coming soon.

July 8, 2019 - July 14, 2019

CLDP Sponsored Afghan Officials to Attend the Transparency International School on Integrity

Only July 8-14, CLDP sponsored a delegation of 7 Afghan officials from the National Procurement Authority (NPA) to attend the Transparency International School on Integrity. The school is an annual anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders from around the world. This year, over 100 officials, private-sector representatives, and NGO staff from 60 countries attended the program. The 7-day intensive course creates a peer-to-peer learning and integrity building environment that links theory with practice and find solutions to real-life issues. CLDP has been working with NPA on helping improve the country’s procurement system, including transparency within the procurement system.

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019

Afghanistan: CLDP Conducts a Training Manual Workshop

On June 24-28, 2019, in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), conducted Part II of a Training Manual Workshop. Participants included 19 legal and technical staff members, primarily of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) and focused on the new regulatory framework for implementing Afghanistan’s 2018 Minerals Law. This workshop is part of a two-year mining training course and is a continuation of Part I of the Training Manual Workshop held in Kabul in December 2018. The participants discussed the training manuals prepared for them by CLDP and USGS and traveled to an operating gold mine in Izmir to observe best practices in mine development and operation. It is expected that upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to train MoMP staff in the subjects they learned. Creating a cadre of high-level trainers will help build the capacity of MoMP to a level that will foster a business environment in the mining industry that is attractive to U.S. companies and helps develop the Afghan economy.

June 17, 2019 - June 20, 2019

Afghanistan: Customs and Trade Facilitation Workshop with the Afghanistan Customs Department

On June 17-20, 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP partnered with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Georgia Revenue Service (GRS) to deliver a customs and trade facilitation workshop with the Afghanistan Customs Department.  The workshop was part of CLDP’s support of Afghanistan Customs’ modernization initiatives, which have helped increase the transparency and predictability of Customs operations in Afghanistan—a key component of fostering a better business environment in Afghanistan for trade and investment.

The June 2019 workshop built on previous CLDP and WCO-facilitated Customs exchanges between Afghanistan and Georgia; and the program focused on Afghanistan’s continued implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA), as well as Afghanistan’s overlapping efforts to accede to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) for the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures.  In addition to transparency and Customs integrity topics, program participants worked during the 4-day exchange to identify regulatory frameworks for risk-based customs targeting, audit, and trusted trades programs. 

For information about CLDP and the WCO’s previous Customs exchanges between the Afghanistan Customs Department and the Georgia Revenue Service, please see “Afghanistan: CLDP Conducts Customs Project Management Training with the Afghanistan Customs Department, Georgia Revenue Service, and WCO.”

June 15, 2019 - June 20, 2019

Afghanistan: CLDP partners with eGovernance Academy of Estonia to advance eGovernment Services and Commercial Activities

On June 15-20, in Tallinn, Estonia, CLDP conducted sequential events on eGovernance.  Attending were representatives of a cross-section of the Afghan government, including the Administrative Office of the President and several ministries, and the private sector. The first event was a 2-day seminar led by an official with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and a U.S. law professor, to discuss general legal principals and pending laws on eGovernance and electronic signatures.  The second event was a 5-day program developed in partnership with the eGovernance Academy of Estonia. It included discussions of Estonia’s eGovernance system, visits and briefing by Estonian ministries, and discussion of Afghanistan’s several draft strategies on eGovernance.  This program will assist Afghanistan in the development of more efficient and non-corrupt methods to undertake transactions, both in commerce and the provision of government services.

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.