Latin America & the Caribbean

October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Colombia: Workshop on Understanding and Managing Impacts from Unconventional Resources

On October 17-18, 2019, CLDP will organize a workshop on understanding and managing impacts from unconventional resources for approximately 30 officials from the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and other stakeholders. 

July 30, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Colombia: CLDP Organizes Hydraulic Fracturing Site Visit to Pennsylvania

On July 30, 2019, at the request of the Colombian Embassy in the U.S., CLDP will organize a shale or “fracking” visit for the two most senior Colombian officials responsible for permitting unconventional operations: the Director of the National Environmental Licensing Authority and the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development.

July 16, 2019 - July 17, 2019

Peru: Second Workshop on Regulations for Sustainable Uranium Mining

On July 16-17, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), CLDP will conduct a second workshop on regulations for sustainable uranium mining in Lima, Peru, for officials of Peru's Ministry of Energy and the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN). CLDP will organize the workshop in response to a direct request from Peruvian government counterparts following the first workshop on sustainable uranium mining regulations on May 16-17.  

 

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.

May 28, 2019 - May 29, 2019

Dominican Republic: Workshop on Creating a Contracting Officer Certification Program

On May 28-29, CLDP, in coordination with the General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP) organized a workshop to discuss the creation of a new certification program for contracting personnel.

May 16, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Peru: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Regulations for Sustainable Uranium Mining

On May 16-17, 2019, in Lima, Peru, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) led a two-day workshop on Sustainable Regulation of Uranium Mining for approximately 35 officials from the Government of Peru. The purpose of this workshop was to advise the Government of Peru on the legal and regulatory framework it will need for the commercial mining of uranium.  

This workshop was a follow up to CLDP’s two analyses of Peru’s proposed regulations, the first of which advised on the regulatory framework and the second on Peru’s draft regulation for mining (i.e. extracting) uranium ore.  The workshop thus reviewed CLDP’s observations and recommendations made in those two analyses, provided an overview of the U.S. experience in regulating the lifecycle of uranium development, and identified lessons and practices that could be applicable to Peru. CLDP brought two experts who provided the bulk of the sessions for the workshop: Jon Indall, a lawyer at Maldegen Templeman & Indall L.L.P.; and Roger Haskins, a retired official from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and a last-minute replacement for Adam Merrill, an official at BLM who had analyzed Peru’s documentation for CLDP’s two analyses and had prepared this workshop’s slides. 

The officials from Peru were from a number of regulatory bodies, although the two key regulatory bodies present were the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) and the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN).

CLDP looks forward to building on this workshop by hosting a second meeting in July, 2019 to explore topics such as public participation and environmental impact assessments in mining.

May 15, 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador: CLDP & ITA lead Workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Period

On May 15, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Process” for approximately 30 representatives of the Salvadoran Customs Administration (DGA). The Salvadoran Customs Administration has demonstrated a concerted interest in implementing a 60-day notice and comment process for all customs regulations.

The workshop served as a foundation to uniformly instruct the participants on the intricacies of various public consultation mechanisms and institutionalize good regulatory practices as the Salvadoran Customs Administration prepares to create an internal policy to require all customs regulations be subject to a 60-day notice and comment period. Compared to other countries in the region, El Salvador has the greatest momentum toward reforming its public consultation procedures. As such, strengthening the Salvadoran government’s understanding of international best practices for public consultation will benefit the region by building momentum and serving as an example of what the remaining countries can work toward.

To achieve this, CLDP and ITA called upon several interagency experts with extensive experience with public consultation, particularly the notice and comment rulemaking process. The experts provided an overview of the legal underpinning of public consultation, assessed duration determinations for consultation processes, shared methodologies for reviewing and responding to comments received, and discussed whole-of-government approaches to improving transparency and governance mechanisms. Additionally, the experts walked through illustrative examples that showcased the consultation process from start to finish.

As a result of this workshop, the Salvadoran Customs Administration has increased its understanding of notice and comment processes 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 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 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.