Trade

December 8, 2019 - December 13, 2019

Consultations for the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

December 8, 2019 - December 13, 2019

On December 8-13, 2019, CLDP and USGS will facilitate consultations and meetings for a 7-member Afghan delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) with Colombian counterparts in in Bogotá, Colombia.  The Afghan delegation will meet with Colombian government officials to learn about Colombia’s efforts to formalize its artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, effective governance of emerald production and export, implementation of e-cad

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Regional Transport and Logistics Program and Termez Site Visit

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

In November, CLDP will sponsor Afghan private sector companies and public representatives in a regional conference on transportation and logistics matters and conduct a site visit to the free economic zone in Termez, Uzbekistan, in order to continue to facilitate and improve open trade between Afghanistan and its regional partners.

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Guatemala: Workshop on Public Consultation and Interagency Coordination

On November 13-14, 2019, 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.

October 28, 2019 - October 29, 2019

Costa Rica: Workshop on Advance Rulings

On October 29-29, 2019, CLDP, in coordination with the International Trade Administration (ITA), will conduct a workshop on advance rulings for up to 100 government officials in San Jose, Costa Rica.

September 24, 2019 - September 25, 2019

Honduras: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Technical Aspects of Microgrids

On September 24-25, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop for the Honduran energy regulator, energy ministry and electricity utility on technical aspects of microgrid regulations. The workshop covered electricity rate design, energy efficiency, and interconnection. The workshop was a follow-up to the CLDP-led study tour in May 2019 to Puerto Rico. The Honduran regulator will be procuring a consultant in early 2020 with the financial assistance of the Interamerican Development Bank to draft the microgrid regulations. Microgrids represent an opportunity for both rural electrification and economic development in rural and industrial areas. Due to the degradation of Honduras's transmission and distribution lines, American companies, particularly textiles companies looking to take advantage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, have been more hesitant to invest in Honduras for fear of burning out expensive equipment in a power outage. By allowing companies or industrial parks to have their own microgrids, it will spur economic development and job creation.

July 10, 2019 - July 11, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products

On July 10-11, 2019, CLDP and USTR conducted a workshop on ‘Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products,’ for 108 government officials, academics, and industry representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

May 16, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Ukraine: Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop

As part of CLDP’s on-going assistance to the GOU on trade facilitation, CLDP supported Customs – Advance Rulings (Valuation) Workshop on May 16-17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The two-day workshop proved a resounding success marked by high attendance and un-ending questions.  CLDP supported two experts, Elizabeth Grant from Customs Border Protection and Anja Wegner from World Customs Organization), whose expertise on advance rulings, data confidentiality and data models deepened participants awareness of and understanding. Ukraine officials and private sector expressed keen interest as evidenced by several dozens of questions in plenary as well as over coffee breaks.  Ukraine warmly welcomed a possible on-going dialogue under CLDP’s leadership to assist with practical implementation on this trade facilitation topic. 

May 13, 2019 - May 14, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Regulatory Impact Analysis

On May 13-14, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on ‘Best Practices: Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA),” for 25 government representatives from El Salvador’s Regulatory Improvement Agency (OMR) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

In December of 2018, the Salvadoran Regulatory Improvement Law was passed, thereby formalizing OMR as the oversight body for El Salvador’s public consultation processes effective April 9, 2019. To support OMR as it assumes the role of coordinating and overseeing El Salvador’s notice and comment procedures, Commerce organized a workshop that set forth best practices on conducting effective regulatory impact analyses. 

 

Currently there does not exist a legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in El Salvador. Moreover, Salvadoran ministries struggle to coordinate with one another, further hindering interagency coordination and stakeholder engagement required to perform transparent analysis of the anticipated consequences of economically significant regulatory actions. Recognizing the importance ofinstitutionalizing best practices and encouraging efficiency in the Salvadoran regulatory review process, CLDP & ITA led a two-day workshop that showcased best practices for performing regulatory impact analyses.

 

The workshop showcased how U.S. agencies approach regulatory impact analyses from the initial assessment that quantifies and monetizes the anticipated costs and benefits of a proposed regulation, to identifying alternative regulatory actions. To achieve this, CLDP & ITA called upon interagency experts to share best practices in implementing a whole-of-government approach for improved governance and transparency in the regulatory process. The experts provided an overview of the legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in the U.S. and illustrated howeffective coordination within and among agencies is essential to achieving regulatory coherence. Moreover, the experts shared practical tools that OMR can implement across the government to increase private sector input in the regulatory process. To conclude, the experts led the participants in interactive case studies that simulated minor proposed changes to sweeping regulatory revisions.

 

As a result of this workshop, OMR increased its understanding of efficiency in the regulatory review process 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.