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.

October 22, 2019 - October 23, 2019

El Salvador: CLDP and USTR Conduct Workshop on Building Effective Marketing Strategies and Practices for Salvadoran Textile Industry

On October 22-23, 2019, CLDP and USTR conducted a workshop on ‘Building Effective Marketing Strategies and Practices,’ for approximately 100 government officials, academics, and industry representatives from El Salvador and Guatemala in San Salvador, El Salvador. Participants included Guatemalan and Salvadoran representatives from micro, small, and medium-sized textiles and apparel producers, academics from the Catholic University of El Salvador, and representatives of Hanes Brand’s Central America division.

Salvadoran textile and apparel producers of all sizes struggle with effective design and marketing, which affects their ability to create new business opportunities. These struggles are further intensified by a lack of training opportunities and higher education programs in design and marketing in El Salvador.

To address these areas of need, CLDP and USTR conducted a workshop on building and effectively implementing targeted marketing strategies. The purpose of this workshop is to build technical capacity to support the Salvadoran producers’ efforts to maximize opportunities by improving their independent marketing strategies. Strengthening the capabilities and efficiencies of the Salvadoran textile and apparel industry will enhance export opportunities along the full US – CAFTA-DR supply chain. 

The workshop served as a foundation to showcase effective marketing strategies tailored for the textile and apparel industry such as defining brand advocacy, strengthening presentation delivery, creating new opportunities, and improving targeted research and development efforts. To achieve this, CLDP and USTR called upon university professors, as well as industry leaders from the U.S. with extensive experience with trend forecasting, content creation, digital marketing, communication strategies, and sustainability. The presentations showcased prioritizing research and development, maximizing meetings with potential buyers, understanding global trends in marketing, and harnessing social media to innovate with limited resources. To conclude, the experts led the participants in interactive case studies that supported entrepreneurial development through creation of various marketing strategies.

As a result of this workshop, textile and apparel industry representatives in Central America’s Northern Triangle increased their understanding of the nuances inherent to communicating with customers through marketing campaigns, and how to effectively convey their respective brands through targeted marketing to enhance the industry’s competitive advantage. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to improve regional economic prosperity in the Northern Triangle by strengthening the Salvadoran textile industry’s competitiveness through enhanced efficiency and communication within the integrated supply chain.

October 21, 2019

Washington DC: CLDP Joins TIFA Council to Report on Work of Expert Level Working Groups

CLDP Attorney Michael Cofield participated in the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement annual meetings on October 21-22, 2019 in Washington, DC. On Monday, October 21, CLDP briefed the TIFA-level Working Groups on the work and results of the CLDP-facilitated regional Expert Level Working Groups on customs issues, standards, sanitary/phytosanitary measures, intellectual property rights, and women’s economic empowerment. 

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.