January 3, 2020 - January 10, 2020

Mining Course for Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

January 3, 2020 - January 10, 2020

The Mining Course is a two-year training program designed for a select group of employees of the Afghanistan ministry of Mines and Petroleum. It consists of 3 segments of varying length, scope, and level of detail. 

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 25, 2019 - November 29, 2019

Afghanistan: UN Internet Governance Forum 2019

November 25, 2019 - November 29, 2019

From November 25-29, CLDP will support attendance at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF)  by government and non-government officials from several countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder event that brings together people from government, civil society, academia, and the technical community to address many issues, including connectivity, openness, and cyber security. It is an annual event that is being held this year in Berlin, Germany.

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 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. 

October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

United Arab Emirates: CLDP Completed Phase I of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On October 20-22, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP held Phase I, which is the official launch, of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Vis Moot is one of the most prestigious commercial arbitration competition in the world, which is held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. CLDP’s Middle East program is a multi-phased program aimed to prepare student participants in the areas of written and oral advocacy in order to help them prepare for the competition. For Phase I, CLDP hosted around 16 teams from 9 countries, including, the UAE, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Students dissected and analyzed this year’s problem and created an outline of their written argument. The Vis Moot program helps promote alternative dispute resolution in the Middle East and South Asia, which in turn helps promote a better business enabling environment by creating better contract enforcement mechanisms in the region.

August 20, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Delhi: CLDP Conducts Trademark Examiners Workshop

From August 20-22, in New Delhi, CLDP, in partnership with USPTO, conducted a Trademark Examiners Workshop for the Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Property Office (ACBR-IP).  The three-day workshop focused on key aspects of TM examination, including global best practices and a comparison of current policies and procedures of ACBR-IP and USPTO.  This is the first in a planned series of progressively more difficult workshops resulting in increased analytical skills for Afghan TM examiners, as well as enhancing the quality, timing, and consistency in processing TM registration submissions to the Afghan TM Office. 

July 8, 2019 - July 14, 2019

CLDP Sponsored Afghan Officials to Attend the Transparency International School on Integrity

Only July 8-14, CLDP sponsored a delegation of 7 Afghan officials from the National Procurement Authority (NPA) to attend the Transparency International School on Integrity. The school is an annual anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders from around the world. This year, over 100 officials, private-sector representatives, and NGO staff from 60 countries attended the program. The 7-day intensive course creates a peer-to-peer learning and integrity building environment that links theory with practice and find solutions to real-life issues. CLDP has been working with NPA on helping improve the country’s procurement system, including transparency within the procurement system.