CLDP’s regional conference for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Standards Development and Regulatory Good Practices, held in Casablanca, Morocco May 21-23, 2013 was featured in the 2013 Issue 3 of the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco E-Newsletter. CLDP, in cooperation with USTR and NIST, gathered government and private sector standards and conformity assessment specialists to discuss good regulatory practices in standards development, with a sector focus on energy efficiency and green building standards. The conference served to initiate USAID’s Standards Alliance and facilitated ongoing cooperation between U.S.-based private standards development organizations and governments in the Middle East.
The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi reports on the July 9-11, 2013 Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade, held at the Diplomatic Training Center in Tbilisi, Georgia for Georgia's Diplomatic Corps.
In close coordination with the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) and the Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP), CLDP conducted a competition and consumer protection law program for the Afghan Competition Promotion and Consumer Protection Directorate (CPCPD) in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press of Pakistan mentioned CLDP in its press release on the program, as did Pakistani newspapers such as The Nation and the Express Tribune.
As a culmination of its ongoing program of judicial capacity building and IP enforcement for Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), CLDP has published the first Judicial Intellectual Property Benchbook for BiH. In 2011, CLDP began to develop the BiH Judicial Intellectual Property Benchbook in coordination with the Public Institution Center for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of FBiH. With guidance and assistance from the U.S. Federal Judicial Center and a US Federal Judge, a team of 7 BiH judges were selected to take the lead in developing this novel manual for use by BiH’s judiciary. Throughout 2012, the team of BiH judges collectively volunteered their time and wrote the BiH IP Benchbook, covering all intellectual property rights protected in BiH. On March 27, 2013, a Launch Event was held to formally introduce the Benchbook in Sarajevo.
CLDP led a three-day workshop in Kigali, Rwanda, June 6-8, 2011, focusing on the judiciary’s role in promoting intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement throughout the East African region.