Trade

April 6, 2021

Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking

On April 6th, 2021, CLDP, with support from USAID, partnered with the Afghanistan Consulate General in Mumbai to hold a virtual Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking event for Indian traders.

March 29, 2021

Central Asia: CLDP Leads U.S.-Central Asia TIFA Working Groups Session

On Monday, March 29, 2021, CLDP led the working group session of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting. CLDP reported on the work of its Expert Level Working Groups on Customs, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures, and Intellectual Property Rights. The TIFA Working Groups unanimously adopted CLDP’s recommended focus areas and projects for the current year. As approved at the meeting, CLDP will begin facilitating a new regional Digital Trade Working Group. Despite recent improvements, the Central Asian region remains one of the least integrated regions globally. By assisting the governments of Central Asia to collaborate on fair, trade-focused, and transparent rules and procedures, the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups can contribute to their efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s effects, expand regional and global trade, and promote market access.

March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: Government Officials Participate in Trade and WTO Law Certificate Course

From March 22 to 26, CLDP sponsored the attendance of twelve government officials from Afghanistan and two government officials from Sri Lanka to participate in the Institute of International Economic Law’s virtual certificate course at Georgetown University. 

February 8, 2021 - February 22, 2021

Afghanistan: WTO Notifications Training

Beginning February 8th 2021, CLDP, in coordination with experts from the WTO’s Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), provided presentations on the WTO notifications system for the Afghan Mission in Geneva and officials within the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and Ministry of Public Health.

December 8, 2020 - December 9, 2020

Moldova: Virtual Workshop on Good Regulatory Practice and Transparency in the Development of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

On December 8 and 9, CLDP will hosted a virtual workshop for officials from a variety of Moldova’s ministries involved in the creation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulations.

December 8, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Hosts First Meeting with New Minister of Industry and Commerce

On December 8, CLDP, along with counterparts from USAID and the U.S. Department of State, held an introductory meeting with Afghanistan’s newly confirmed Minister of Industry and Commerce (MoIC).

November 19, 2020

Kuwait: CLDP Presents at US-Kuwait Strategic Dialogues

CLDP Attorney-Advisor Adam Al-Sarraf spoke at the Fourth U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue to the Trade and Investment Cooperation Working Group. 

November 17, 2020 - November 18, 2020

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

On November 17-18, 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with ITA and CBP, conducted a virtual workshop setting forth best practices for border agency coordination and publication of trade-related information to facilitate trade for more than 100 regional representatives from across Central America.

Inefficient agency coordination and disjointed publication of information collectively reduce the efficacy and transparency of the regulatory process in El Salvador, further engendering distrust between the private and public sectors. To address these areas of need, CLDP conducted a workshop that set forth best practices on optimizing operations through intergovernmental cooperation and centrally published information.

Participants included Salvadoran private sector representatives and officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Customs, Defense, Economy, Finance, Health, Infrastructure, Medicines, and Ports. They were joined by their counterparts from the Guatemalan, Honduran, and Costa Rican Ministries of Economy, Customs, and Agriculture. From the Salvadoran private sector, the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador and the Commission of Associations to Facilitate Trade in El Salvador (CIFACIL) participated.

The workshop saw high-level participation from both governments with opening remarks from the Salvadoran Secretary of Commerce, Jorge Miguel Kattán; Salvadoran Minister of Economy, Maria Luisa Hayem; CLDP Deputy Chief Counsel, Joe Yang; and the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Ronald Johnson. Following the workshop’s inauguration, experts showcased best practices for effective coordination among agencies, consolidation of information related to import and export procedures, and uniform publication of information across agency websites. Representatives from the governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras presented to regional and USG counterparts as well as the private sector on their efforts to identify publication gaps across ministerial websites and create internal strategies to ensure compliance with the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement’s (WTO TFA) publication of information commitments. In addition to government-to-government presentations, the Salvadoran private sector representatives shared their experience navigating websites of Salvadoran trade ministries and suggested areas for improvement. The workshop concluded with an interactive panel discussion where each country representative discussed their respective efforts to encourage trade through enhanced transparency initiatives and increased collaboration both internally with regional counterparts and externally with the private sector.

In preparation for the workshop, the Salvadoran participants performed internal assessments of their respective ministry’s implementation of Article 1 of the WTO TFA. Specifically, participants compiled an inventory of current procedures and documents related to TFA Art. 1.1 that can only be found or completed in paper form, current procedures and documents related to Art. 1.1 that can only be found or completed online/through the internet, and current plans or strategies to publish the procedures, documents, and information related to TFA Art. 1.1 online. In addition, participants examined TFA Art. 8.1, border agency cooperation, and identified the gaps in communication and cooperation between their ministries to support publication of trade information. The Article 1 assessment exercise served as the foundation for El Salvador to improve its interagency coordination and enrich its TFA Art. 1.4 transparency notification, which outlines the official sites where trade-related information is published. The Salvadoran government is working with the private sector to finalize the notification and plans to submit the updated notification to the WTO in the coming weeks.

As a result of this workshop, the Salvadoran government has improved its interagency coordination, and increased its understanding of the importance of publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. 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.

August 25, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Private-Sector Stakeholder Meeting

On Tuesday, August 25th, CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, hosted a virtual meeting, which engaged representatives from the Afghanistan private-sector to discuss sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.

August 21, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Private-Private Dialogue Roundtable Series

Through a series of round table discussions, CLDP, in cooperation with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and USAID, hosted a series of roundtable discussions regarding sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s World Trade Organization SPS Agreement obligations, food safety procedures, and Afghanistan’s agricultural market access.