CLDP Facilitates Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues

October 16, 2017 - October 19, 2017
Participants of the Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues

CLDP’s Michael Cofield and Yulia Melara organized the fifth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Customs for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan on October 16-19. The first part of the meeting focused on risk management and post-clearance audit, with each delegation sharing its country's recent developments in these areas. Advisors from U.S. Customs and Border Protection further developed the topics through presentations and case studies. An advisor from Latvian Customs, on loan to GiZ, added to the Group's interactive discussions by providing perspective on Latvian and EU policy and practice. The Group also heard from the private sector, with an American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan speaker addressing the experience of international businesses in crossing borders in the region and through participating in USAID's 7th Annual Central Asia Trade Forum. The program ended with an opportunity for the Group to participate in a C5+1 (Central Asia 5 + US) discussion of customs issues. The four-day meeting advanced the Group's goals of further developing Group into a platform for regional cooperation and integration, further developing the capacity of Central Asian officials to implement international best practices, incorporating private sector experience to allow for more open markets, and leveraging opportunities to collaborate with other USG and international projects in the region.

CLDP in Action

February 19, 2019

On February 19, CLDP participated in a networking luncheon, hosted by the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, to hear from Uzbekistan’s ambassador to the U.S. about Uzbekistan’s commitment to reform and openness. 

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