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. 

CLDP in Action

July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018

On July 20, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Georgian Copyright Association (GCA) and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, “Sakpatenti,” conducted a one-day training for 27 Georgian journalists and other representatives of the media in Batumi, Georgia. Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Oliver Schön of the District Court of Munich led the training and provided a general overview of intellectual property law, highlighting recent trends and developments in the U.S. and the E.U. 

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