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As part of a multi-year technical assistance program, CLDP has partnered with Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (MOESD) to develop commercial and trade curricula for the MFA’s Diplomatic Training Center (DTC). DTC then led the effort to develop a Georgian International Economic Diplomacy Manual to be used during trainings and as a reference guide for current diplomats engaged in commercial matters abroad and has now launched the manual with CLDP's support. On July 9th, Ambassador Norland and Minister Punjikidze presented the First Georgian International Economic Diplomacy Manual at the Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade.

The July 2014 Power Africa newsletter of the US Agency for International Development features the article "Powering Africa and Spurring Commerce" on CLDP's Workshop on the Annotation of Power Purchase Agreements for Power Africa, March 26-28, 2014.

The Gulf Times newspaper reports on the Fourth Annual William C. Vis Middle East International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot, taking place March 1-7, 2014 in Doha. This event is organized by CLDP and Qatar University with support from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Center for International Legal Education.

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 34th issue of Investor.ge, the Magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, features an article on CLDP's July 9-11 Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade for Georgia’s Diplomatic Corps.

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.

The US Embassy in Sarajevo covered the event.

As did the Public Institution Center for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training (BCS).

Upcoming Programs

CLDP in Action

September 15, 2014 - September 17, 2014

From September 15-17 in Dubai, UAE, CLDP conducted a workshop to help several Iraqi agencies develop a guidebook for drafting arbitration clauses consistent with international best practice.