June 24, 2020 - June 25, 2020

El Salvador: Optimizing Operations Through Intergovernmental Cooperation and Centrally-Published Information

On June 24-25, CLDP, in collaboration with ITA, CBP, and USDA, will conduct a trade facilitation workshop on optimizing operations through intergovernmental cooperation and centrally-published information for Salvadoran government officials and private sector representatives in San Salvador, El Salvador. Assessment trips conducted by CLDP have identified Article 1 and Article 8 of the TFA as necessary provisions for the Salvadoran government to deliver their notification of readiness to the WTO. This workshop is one of a series of workshops that target regional trade facilitation in Central America and is vital in helping El Salvador meet WTO TFA requirements.

May 11, 2020 - May 13, 2020

Moldova: Transparency and Good Regulatory Practice in the Development and Implementation of SPS Measures

CLDP, in coordination with experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will conduct a workshop on transparency and good regulatory practice in the development and implementation of sanitary and phyto-sanitary rules and regulations. 

April 21, 2020 - April 22, 2020

Guatemala: Workshop on Public Consultation and Interagency Coordination

On April 21-22, 2020, CLDP, in coordination with the International Trade Administration, will conduct a workshop on public consultation and interagency coordination for up to 100 government officials in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

Support of Government of Ukraine Delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting in Geneva February 23 – 27

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. 

February 20, 2020 - February 21, 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina: CLDP Hosts an International Sales Contracts Workshop

On February 20-21, CLDP, in coordination with the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of Republika Srpska and the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), conducted a two-day workshop on the Enforcement of International Sales Contracts for Bosnian judges. This workshop utilized case study materials and trainers from CLDP's Pre Moot  program hosted in Zenica, BiH.  U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Covington and Professor Don De Amicis led the program, which focused on the application of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the New York Convention within the Bosnian legal framework. The workshop, held for 21 participants, aims to increase the capacity of judges to effectively adjudicate international commercial disputes.  The workshop also held sessions on case management techniques for judges aimed at addressing issues around BiH  case backlog and delays.  

February 10, 2020 - February 12, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Workshop on Advance Rulings

On February 10-12, 2020, as a part of CLDP’s technical assistance to the Government of Afghanistan under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation, CLDP will host a workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Advance Rulings for officials from the Afghanistan Customs Department (“ACD”).  The three-day workshop will feature a refresher on skills needed to conduct classifications, valuations, and rules of origin, and experts from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and CLDP will work with the ACD to develop legislative amendments and draft regulations for Advance Rulings.

December 6, 2019 - December 14, 2019

CLDP Facilitates Mining Consultations Between Afghanistan and Colombia

On December 6-14, 2019, in Bogota, Colombia, CLDP and the U.S. Geological Survey facilitated meetings between officials of the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy. The parties discussed best practices in governance of the emerald industry, learned about Colombia's model of formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining, and agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding under which the respective agencies of Colombia and Afghanistan will cooperate and share knowledge on methodologies, policies, and strategies for effective management of the mining sector. The Afghan delegation also met with emerald miners, brokers, and exporters, observed the operation of emerald polishing enterprises, and visited an emerald mine operated by a U.S. company. Adopting effective management practices in the mining sector, specifically for gemstone operations, will lead to an improved trade and investment climate in Afghanistan. 

December 3, 2019 - December 4, 2019

CLDP Holds Regional Trade and Transportation Forum in Uzbekistan

On December 3-4, in Termez, Uzbekistan, CLDP sponsored a regional trade and transportation forum titled “Challenges of Transit vs. Opportunities for Trade”, in coordination with USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs initiative. The event brought together more than 140 participants from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, and Pakistan. The combined group of public officials and private sector representatives in the logistics, transport, and freight forwarding sectors discussed regional barriers to cross-border trade and explored potential ways to increase and improve trade via road, railway, and river transport. Participants also visited the newly-constructed cargo terminal and the operating Termez river port. Of particular focus during the forum was the role Afghanistan can play in connecting the South and Central Asian regions for increased trade. The discussions culminated in the signing of connectivity Memoranda of Understanding between all represented countries.