Standards

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Organizes Sub-regional Workshop to Further Work on Lead Paint Initiative

On September 10-11, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP led a sub-regional workshop highlighting best practices in developing laws to restrict lead in paint. The workshop brought together officials from the CLDP-facilitated Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Standards with their counterparts in Central Asian and Georgian Ministries of Health and Ministries of the Environment, as well as with advisors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and NGOs from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 

September 3, 2019

Mali: Prevention of Counterfeits Campaign - Initial Partners Meeting

On September 3, 2019, in Bamako, Mali, CLDP led a one-day meeting to build consensus among public and private sector stakeholders on an upcoming communication campaign aiming to prevent the use of counterfeits. This effort is part of a Mali-wide project with the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Bamako to implement innovative solutions for combatting counterfeiting of products affecting public health, with a focus on agro-inputs. CLDP works with Feed the Future and the Government of Mali to implement best practices in the prevention of the movement and use of agricultural products and to raise public awareness of the dangers of fake products. This has been done through the extensive training of enforcement authorities including Malian Customs, the judiciary, police, and gendarmerie, as well as consumer education. It has also included the introduction of Mobile Product Authentication (MPA™) technology at the point of purchase through private/public partnerships. The new phase of the project builds upon notable improvement of the understanding of the impact of counterfeits by Malian stakeholders, including spurring the creation of a national database administered jointly by Malian Customs, the Malian Intellectual Property Office (CEMAPI) and the Malian Copyright Office (BUMDA) where producers and importers can register marks to facilitate the seizure of counterfeited products. CLDP is preparing to launch a national campaign, including culturally appropriate marketing material, through billboards, radio, and television, in coordination with local partners, raising awareness of the danger of counterfeits and showcasing new technologies to best combat it.

July 25, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Central Asia: Trademark Examination Workshop

On July 25-26, 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and on July 28-29, 2019 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, CLDP facilitated trainings on trademark examinations and registrations, conducted by advisors from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Participants included officials from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic.

May 15, 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador: CLDP & ITA lead Workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Period

On May 15, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Process” for approximately 30 representatives of the Salvadoran Customs Administration (DGA). The Salvadoran Customs Administration has demonstrated a concerted interest in implementing a 60-day notice and comment process for all customs regulations.

The workshop served as a foundation to uniformly instruct the participants on the intricacies of various public consultation mechanisms and institutionalize good regulatory practices as the Salvadoran Customs Administration prepares to create an internal policy to require all customs regulations be subject to a 60-day notice and comment period. Compared to other countries in the region, El Salvador has the greatest momentum toward reforming its public consultation procedures. As such, strengthening the Salvadoran government’s understanding of international best practices for public consultation will benefit the region by building momentum and serving as an example of what the remaining countries can work toward.

To achieve this, CLDP and ITA called upon several interagency experts with extensive experience with public consultation, particularly the notice and comment rulemaking process. The experts provided an overview of the legal underpinning of public consultation, assessed duration determinations for consultation processes, shared methodologies for reviewing and responding to comments received, and discussed whole-of-government approaches to improving transparency and governance mechanisms. Additionally, the experts walked through illustrative examples that showcased the consultation process from start to finish.

As a result of this workshop, the Salvadoran Customs Administration has increased its understanding of notice and comment processes within an international trading scheme. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Salvadoran government and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

May 14, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Balkans: CLDP Conducts Second Regional Customs Workshop

On May 14-16, in collaboration with the customs committees of Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, and Moldova, CLDP organized its second workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries in Petrovac, Montenegro. 

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures Focused on Information Availability

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia. 

April 11, 2019

Uzbekistan: CLDP Assists UzStandart to Formalize Relationship with ASTM International

CLDP assistes UzStandart, the Uzbek Agency for Standardization, Metrology, and Certification, in concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with ASTM International. 

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018

Odesa, Ukraine: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

On November 6-8, 2018, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP facilitated the seventh meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phyto-sanitary Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, special guest Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018

CLDP Hosted TBT Case Study Event in Kyiv

In cooperation with MEDT, CLDP hosted several activities on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), which focused on standards, technical barriers and conformity assessment.