Asia & South Asia

October 29, 2019 - October 30, 2019

ITAN Project Finance Consultations

On October 29-30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia,  CLDP will hold a week-long consultation for participants from the Ministries of Finance and relevant line ministries from South Asian countries to discuss best practices in project finance

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.

October 13, 2019 - October 14, 2019

Maldives: Contracting Law Best Practices

On October 13-14, 2019, CLDP will hold a two-day workshop for participants from the Ministries of Finance and relevant line ministries from the Maldives. The workshop will focus on addressing concerns relating to revising the procurement law and how best to improve the contract law.

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 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

CLDP Conducts ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) Consultations in DC and Houston

On July 22-26, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) hosted Government representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington, DC, and Houston, TX. The purpose of the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) consultations was to enhance the technical capacity of the participants as their governments work to create an environment conducive to increased economic and energy connectivity. During the consultations, participants learned about oil and gas pipeline safety standards, regulation of cross-border pipelines, and pipeline alternatives.

The delegation met with U.S. government representatives from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to discuss pipeline facility safety and the siting and permitting process. They also heard presentations from the White & Case law firm and officials from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy about natural gas pipelines and permitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The participants were particularly interested in land rights (including eminent domain takings) and public involvement.

The delegation also met with the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading oil and gas industry trade association, to provide an overview of the organization, it’s structure, global work, and areas of potential collaboration. Participants were interested in learning about the process of adopting API standards, including the newly established Pipeline Safety Management Systems (standard 1173) which came out of recent high-profile accidents. The delegation also met with API’s Center of Offshore Safety (COS), which focuses solely on safety and environmental management issues, to discuss their structure and focus on collaboration between the government and industry.

Additionally, the participants had an overview of the U.S. natural gas market including production, consumption, infrastructure, and capacity. The session also discussed the regulatory framework and the role of the federal and state agencies. Participants were particularly interested in LNG, U.S. LNG export capacity, import/export licensing and permitting for LNG facilities, and U.S. LNG pricing and contract mechanisms. The week-long consultations concluded with a round table with LNG companies to discuss LNG market.