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

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. 

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.