CLDP Facilitates the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Tbilisi, Georgia

June 6, 2018 - June 8, 2018
Participants of the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Tbilisi, Georgia

On June 6-8, 2018, in Tbilisi, CLDP facilitated the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards. As part of the U.S. government’s objective to promote economic expansion and stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia, CLDP has been facilitating regional working groups on customs, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and standards.

The meeting in Tbilisi aimed to further the Group’s objective of promoting a coordinated and collaborative approach to solving trade-related standards/technical regulation issues in the region, including by fostering increased knowledge of regional and international principles and practices, to facilitate fair and safe trade. During the workshop, the Group also reviewed and took up the results of the December 2017 meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council, including furthering the Group’s previous work toward investigating and recommending opportunities for facilitating trade through the harmonization or mutual recognition of standards setting, technical regulation development, conformity assessment, certification, and accreditation rules and procedures in the region.

Meeting in Tbilisi provided the Group an opportunity to learn from Georgia’s post-Soviet standards/technical regulations reforms, including the recent introduction by the Georgian Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission of a new regulation on net metering, which makes it possible for households with solar panels to receive compensation in cases where they supply excess energy to the power system. Site visits in Tbilisi allowed the group to observe efforts to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable energy at the city level and among small and medium enterprises. 

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October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
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CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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