CLDP Sponsors Participation at Internet Governance Forum

December 17, 2017 - December 21, 2017
CLDP staff and Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tunisia

From December 17-21, 2017, CLDP facilitated the participation of representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tunisia to attend the annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva, Switzerland. The IGF is an annual forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on the growth and access to the Internet. It provides a collaborative space for stakeholders from government, civil society, and private industry to exchange ideas on issues including access, openness, connectivity, development, e-Commerce, cybersecurity, privacy, and free speech.  CLDP organized a preconference seminar on the so-called “Day 0,” the educational day before the start of the forum itself.  It also arranged for additional sessions and meetings with experts and representatives from academia, the United States Government, multilateral organizations including the World Trade Organization and the United National Commission on International Trade and Development, and the private sector.

Keeping with the multistakeholder nature of the event, the CLDP supported participants associated with the both government and non-government sectors.  They came from such organizations as the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; the Afghan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; the Tunisian Ministries of Commerce and of Communications; the Pakistan Ministry of Information Technology; and the State Bank of Pakistan.  Non-government affiliations included the Internet Society of Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s TechNation, Tunusia’s University of Mannouba; a Tunisian eCommerce trade association; and the NGO Code for Pakistan.

This program is part of CLDP technical assistance in the information and communications technology sector for Afghanistan and Pakistan and part of CLDP's work on eCommerce in Tunisia.  Although CLDP supported participants from three countries, each has unique circumstances and technical assistance needs.  CLDP will follow-up with the countries and participants according, for example through help with a national IGF in Afghanistan and with eCommerce-specific programming for Tunisia.

US Embassy in Islamabad has also publiched the following note on the event:


CLDP and US Embassy Pakistan staff, along with delegates from Pakistan
Tunisian and Pakistani delegates during IGF sessions

Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 11, 2018 - March 18, 2018

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Read More about Pakistan: Upstream Regulator Workshop