CLDP Hosts Consultations for Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Washington D.C.

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017
Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from ASTM

On September 14-19, 2017, CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations. Expert advisors from NIST, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM international, and the Department of Energy led discussions on good regulatory practice, including public-private cooperation in developing voluntary standards and increasing energy efficiency, and U.S. practices for guaranteeing transparency and public participation in developing regulations. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. and international business community assisted the Group in its work developing regional standards for reducing or eliminating lead levels in paint. ITA’s Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia provided the group with an overview of U.S. business’ perspectives on market access and regulatory burdens in the region and of the benefits to trade from regional harmonization. Site visits took the Group to NIST’s Engineering Laboratory as well as to the ENERGY STAR certified Lehigh Cement Company’s Union Bridge Plant in Maryland. Developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia benefits domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from the EPA
Members of the Working Group on a site visit to the Lehigh Cement Company's Union Bridge, MD, plant

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October 30, 2017 - November 3, 2017

CLDP’s Michael Cofield and Yulia Melara facilitated U.S.-based Consultations on certification levels in procurement training on October 30 through November 3, 2017, in Washington, D.C. by hosting five delegates from the Training Center within the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic for visits and discussions with U.S. government, commercial, and academic providers of procurement training, as well as with practitioners involved in implementing public-private partnerships in the U.S. regarding procurement training, certification levels, and related matters.

Read More about U.S. Consultations on the Government Procurement for 5 delegates from the Training Center within the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic