Federal Agencies

CLDP coordinates with many other U.S. federal agencies to improve the climate for business around the world. Agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide funding for CLDP to conduct training programs and consultative visits that impart government-to-government expertise on how to harmonize laws, expand trade, increase governance transparency, integrate regional economies, and achieve compliance with international obligations, among other things.

Providing technical expertise

CLDP supports the work of many U.S. federal agencies by applying specific technical expertise that can be drawn from CLDP staff, other federal agencies, and the private sector to the relevant needs of the host country. For example, CLDP's efforts in the Middle East play a significant role in advancing the U.S. Government's objectives under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI), administered by the State Department.

Increasing Enforcement Capabilities

Also, CLDP coordinates many judicial capacity building training programs in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. This furthers the IPR enforcement capabilities of the impacted countries and increases their compliance with international standards in the field. As a result, it strengthens the enforcement mechanisms of countries in which many U.S. businesses operate or seek to operate. Thus CLDP's work in this area supports the goals of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), which is aimed at shutting down the piracy and illegal trafficking of counterfeited goods on an international level.

Enabling Efficient Partnerships

Moreover, CLDP has worked closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on product standards; coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and their international counterparts; and facilitated numerous government-to-government dialogues and exchange of expertise between other U.S. federal agencies and their foreign counterparts. As a result of being able to directly identify and assess the legal reform and developmental issues that exist in a particular country, CLDP is often able to provide many federal agencies greater access to the critical decision-makers in their areas of concern and thereby create more efficient working partnerships.

If you represent a federal agency, please contact us for more information on how CLDP can work with you to help fulfill your agency's mission and objectives.

CLDP in Action

November 3, 2014 - November 7, 2014

In early November 2014, CLDP (in partnership with the African Legal Support Facility) brought together a group of international experts to draft and publish a handbook on Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The handbook is intended to provide an overview of PPAs and the obligations, risks and remedies that are found within them.  The group of experts, all whom contributed their time on a pro-bono basis, included contributors from governments, development banks, private banks and leading international law firms.