First Regional Balkans Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management

July 24, 2018 - July 26, 2018
Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries
Customs officials from Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

From July 24-26, 2018, CLDP, in collaboration with Customs Committees of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro organized the first regional Balkans Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries in Podgorica, Montenegro. The workshop aimed at harmonizing customs procedures in the Balkans through WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Framework.  The workshop included presenters and experts from the World Customs Organization (WCO), US Customs and Border Protection, and the National Revenue Administration.  Topics covered include: Trade Facilitation: Role in Integrated Border Management, Developing Optimal Supply Chains, Single Window Mechanics and Cross Border Trade Facilitation, Free Trade Agreements, Advance Rulings, and Paperwork Required at the Border, and Known Trader Systems-How to Expedite Trade Facilitation at the Border, in addition to several other related topics. This workshop is the first in a series of programs on coordinated border management, which will harmonize customs procedures in the Balkans.  

 

Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries
Group Activity

Upcoming Programs

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

On November 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

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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