November 25, 2019 - November 26, 2019

Georgia – CLDP to Facilitate Workshop on Life-Cycle Cost Analysis in Public Procurement

On November 25-26, 2019, CLDP will lead a workshop on life-cycle cost analysis in public procurement in collaboration with the State Procurement Agency of Georgia.  The workshop will support the State Procurement Agency and contracting authorities in implementing a public procurement regime that is consistent with international best practices.  The workshop will also promote broader transparency, efficiency, and harmonized standards in public procurement in Georgia. 

November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

CLDP to Lead Roundtable and Workshop on International Commercial Arbitration in Georgia

On November 2-3, 2019, CLDP, in cooperation with the Georgian Association of Arbitrators (GAA), will convene a roundtable to promote international commercial arbitration in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The roundtable will be a platform for local arbitration specialists, members of the Georgian judiciary, and other stakeholders from the private and public sector to discuss the challenges in establishing arbitration as a viable means of resolving commercial disputes in Georgia.  CLDP will then facilitate a workshop for local arbitration specialists on international best practices in commercial arbitration that will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 4-5.    

October 14, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Georgia - CLDP Holds a Competition Law Workshop on Merger Control

On October 14-15, 2019, CLDP, in cooperation with the Competition Agency of Georgia, and in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, conducted a two-day workshop on merger control. The workshop trained 35 participants from the Competition Agency and participating sectoral regulators to properly analyze and enforce mergers in regulated and unregulated markets in Georgia. Expert advisors from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice led the workshop, which included presentations, hypothetical case-studies, and examples from real practice.

As part of the U.S. Government’s technical assistance to Georgia, CLDP initiated a multi-phase engagement to build the institutional capacity of the Competition Agency of Georgia in 2018. CLDP’s aim with this initiative is to build the agency’s capacity to enforce competition law; implement policies against monopolies and abuse of dominance; and make effective decisions consistent with the country’s overall economic strategy and economic security framework. Over the past two years, CLDP has collaborated with the Competition Agency to plan a series of workshops and roundtables on competition law in Georgia. The programs trained the staff of the agency and participating sectoral regulators on foundational topics in competition law, including eliminating bid-rigging in public procurement, preventing abuse of dominance, and developing competition in the pharmaceutical market.

September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019

Almaty, Kazakhstan: CLDP Facilitates Inaugural Meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights

On September 17-19, 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, CLDP brought together government officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan with advisors from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA) for the first meeting of the Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. The program began with opening comments from Zeba Reyazuddin, Deputy Assistant USTR followed by presentations from each country’s delegation regarding recent developments in laws and regulations promoting intellectual property rights protection within their respective countries. Despite the fact that delegates to the meeting were meeting for the first time, the country reports were followed by robust discussion and question and answer sessions among the delegates and between the advisors and participants.

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Organizes Sub-regional Workshop to Further Work on Lead Paint Initiative

On September 10-11, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP led a sub-regional workshop highlighting best practices in developing laws to restrict lead in paint. The workshop brought together officials from the CLDP-facilitated Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Standards with their counterparts in Central Asian and Georgian Ministries of Health and Ministries of the Environment, as well as with advisors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and NGOs from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Delegates from Competition Agency of Georgia Participate in the Annual FTC-Eastern European Competition Workshop

On September 11-12, 2019, CLDP sponsored the participation of two delegates from the Competition Agency of Georgia to attend the Annual FTC-Eastern European Competition Workshop held in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is designed to build the capacity of participating competition agencies through presentations and topical case studies.  

August 5, 2019 - August 8, 2019

Central Asia – CLDP Facilitates Intellectual Property Office Administration Training

On August 5-8, 2019, CLDP supported the participation of a delegate from the State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Krygyz Republic, and the Kazakh Patent Agency in a Trademarks IP Office Administration training, hosted by the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia. 

July 25, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Central Asia: Trademark Examination Workshop

On July 25-26, 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and on July 28-29, 2019 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, CLDP facilitated trainings on trademark examinations and registrations, conducted by advisors from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Participants included officials from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic.