Georgia

December 11, 2019 - December 12, 2019

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

On December 11-12, 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. 

December 9, 2019 - December 10, 2019

Georgia: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

December 9, 2019 - December 10, 2019
December 9, 2019 - December 10, 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 December 9-10.

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 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.  

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 (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 

July 20, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Workshop on Intellectual Property

On July 20-21, 2019, in Batumi, CLDP held a workshop on the adjudication of civil intellectual property infringement cases. Thirty-two judges from trial- and appellate-level courts throughout Georgia attended the workshop, which focused on issues arising from trademark and copyright disputes. Judge David Carter, U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, and Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, led the workshop, and representatives of the Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, or Sakpatenti, also presented case studies that involved interpreting and applying Georgian law as it relates to copyright and trademarks. This annual program promotes reasoned decision-making and a uniform approach to intellectual property disputes in Georgian courts.

July 18, 2019 - July 19, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Co-Hosts International Conference Against Counterfeiting and Piracy

On July 18-19, 2019, CLDP partnered with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, or Sakpatenti, to host the fifth annual Georgia Against Counterfeiting and Piracy international conference in Batumi, Georgia. More than 130 participants attended this year’s conference, which is a platform for national and international experts to present developments in the global fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Conference presenters included experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the International Chamber of Commerce Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. This year’s conference focused in part on the interrelation between customs enforcement and the protection of intellectual property rights and included a regional panel of customs experts from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Ukraine. The program also featured speakers from Georgia’s private and public sector. This annual event enhances public-private dialogue in the fight against counterfeiting in Georgia and the Caucasus region and promotes cooperation and coordination in the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Georgia: Developing Competition in the Pharmaceutical Market

On May 13-15, 2019, CLDP led a workshop on developing competition in Georgia’s pharmaceutical market in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The workshop was planned in cooperation with the Competition Agency of Georgia and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.  

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures Focused on Information Availability

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia.