Trade

January 15, 2020 - January 16, 2020

Sri Lanka: CLDP Workshop on Advance Rulings

January 15, 2020 - January 16, 2020

On January 15-16, 2020,  CLDP will hold its third workshop for the Government of Sri Lanka on Advance Rulings.  Advance Rulings is an important reform under the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (WTO TFA) with the potential to reduce transaction costs by up to 2% for developing countries.  In its WTO TFA Category C notification, the Government of Sri Lanka has committed to implementing Article III, Advance Rulings by 2025.  At the workshop, U.S.

January 12, 2020 - January 14, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Workshop on Advance Rulings

January 12, 2020 - January 14, 2020

On January 12-14, 2020, CLDP will host a group of legal and technical experts from Afghanistan Customs in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a workshop on Advance Rulings.  CLDP is the primary trade-related technical assistance provider for USAID in Afghanistan, and provides assistance to the Government of Afghanistan as it seeks to implement the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA).  Advance Rulings is an important WTO TFA reform with the potential to reduce transaction costs by up to 2 percent for developing countries.  In its indicative dates notified t

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

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.