November 2, 2020 - November 5, 2020

U.N. Internet Governance Forum - Pakistan

In November 2020 (exact dates to be determined) CLDP will support participation by government and non-government participants from several  countries at this year’s virtual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  The IGF takes place annually under the auspices of the United Nations.  Originally scheduled to take place in Poland, this year the event will be entirely online.CLDP plans to support participation by government and private sector individual s at the annual United Nations Internet Governance forum, which will no be a virtual event.

September 21, 2020 - September 24, 2020

Pakistan – Webinar Intellectual Property Judicial Workshop I

CLDP, in cooperation with USPTO, will provide a file link to select Pakistani judges likely to adjudicate intellectual property (IP) cases (e.g., IP Tribunal Presiding Officers) and who register/accept an invitation to the webinar from CLDP.

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020

Pakistan - Consultation on Current Legislative Issues

CLDP plans to organize an information exchange with members of Pakistan’s National Assembly, officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and IT, and other officials, on such current issues as data regulation privacy, or e-Commerce.

August 19, 2020 - August 20, 2020

Pakistan – CLE Webinar on Start-Ups

On August 19-20, 2020, the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), in close cooperation with CLDP, will conduct a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar for Pakistan lawyers on the formation of new business entities. 

July 20, 2020

Pakistan – CLE Webinar on Force Majeure Contract Provisions and COVID-19

On July 20, 2020, the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), in close cooperation with CLDP, will conduct a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar for Pakistan lawyers to explore the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic on commercial contracts, including the possible application of force majeure contract provisions, as well as other legal remedies and relief for the parties to a contract.

July 15, 2020

Pakistan - Webinar on the Generalized System of Preferences for Officials

On July 15, 2020, CLDP will host a webinar with experts from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, and the Pakistan Ministry of Commerce on the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences. 

July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Pakistan - Survey of Pakistan Lawyers on Subjects for Continuing Legal Education

During June-July, 2020, the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), in close coordination with CLDP, developed and is administering a survey of Pakistan legal practitioners to learn more about the subject areas of most pressing concern to the legal community in Pakistan. 

December 3, 2019 - December 4, 2019

CLDP Holds Regional Trade and Transportation Forum in Uzbekistan

On December 3-4, in Termez, Uzbekistan, CLDP sponsored a regional trade and transportation forum titled “Challenges of Transit vs. Opportunities for Trade”, in coordination with USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs initiative. The event brought together more than 140 participants from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, and Pakistan. The combined group of public officials and private sector representatives in the logistics, transport, and freight forwarding sectors discussed regional barriers to cross-border trade and explored potential ways to increase and improve trade via road, railway, and river transport. Participants also visited the newly-constructed cargo terminal and the operating Termez river port. Of particular focus during the forum was the role Afghanistan can play in connecting the South and Central Asian regions for increased trade. The discussions culminated in the signing of connectivity Memoranda of Understanding between all represented countries. 

December 3, 2018 - December 7, 2018

Pakistan: CLDP conducts IP Judicial Workshop Phase III

From December 3-7, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with USPTO and the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), conducted a week-long workshop on intellectual property (IP) for Pakistan judges and a Director of the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO).  This workshop was the capstone training session in a series of progressively more difficult programs for IP Tribunal Presiding Officers and District & Sessions judges selected by the High Courts as likely to be appointed to IP Tribunals in the near future. The judges interacted with U.S. (e.g., USPTO, DOJ, judges, private lawyers) and Pakistani (e.g., private legal practitioners) experts in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent law, including civil and criminal prosecution and deterrent sentencing.  The workshop was a mix of subject matter lectures, case studies, and a visit to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition, representatives of U.S. industry and an economist met with the judges to discuss the benefits and challenges of enforcing intellectual property rights locally, nationally, regionally, and worldwide.  This series of workshops builds on earlier CLDP, USPTO, CLEIP, and IPO programs focusing on IP rights in Pakistan.

October 29, 2018 - November 1, 2018

Pakistan: CLDP Leads Study Tour on National Single Window in South Korea

On October 29-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with the Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (a private sector implementer for USAID), the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Korean Customs Service, led a delegation of officials from the Pakistan Customs Service, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, and other stakeholder agencies on a study tour to Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea. Pakistan recently passed legislation regarding its single window, a required element under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, and has been developing its platform. The study tour focused on the three different Korean single window projects run by different ministries, the inter-agency process to harmonize data required for clearances, and port community systems. The study tour provided non-customs agencies with better insight into the advantages of single window and helped the Pakistan Customs software engineers understand how to build an inter-agency and user-friendly platform. Following this study tour, CLDP will work with USAID to determine next steps, including a possible U.S. port visit.