Latin America & the Caribbean

August 8, 2019 - August 13, 2019

Dominican Republic: Workshop on Best Practices in Government Procurement and Contract Administration for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

On August 8-9 and 12-13, 2019, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP conducted two workshops on government procurement and contract administration for disaster preparedness and emergency response for more than 100 representatives of Dominican government institutions responsible for citizen security, including the National 911 Emergency and Security System and the Center for Emergency Operations.

July 10, 2019 - July 11, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products

On July 10-11, 2019, CLDP and USTR conducted a workshop on ‘Building Innovation in Processes and Proactively Developing Products,’ for 108 government officials, academics, and industry representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

May 28, 2019 - May 29, 2019

Dominican Republic: Workshop on Creating a Contracting Officer Certification Program

On May 28-29, CLDP, in coordination with the General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP) organized a workshop to discuss the creation of a new certification program for contracting personnel.

May 15, 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador: CLDP & ITA lead Workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Period

On May 15, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on Best Practices: Implementing a 60-day Notice and Comment Process” for approximately 30 representatives of the Salvadoran Customs Administration (DGA). The Salvadoran Customs Administration has demonstrated a concerted interest in implementing a 60-day notice and comment process for all customs regulations.

The workshop served as a foundation to uniformly instruct the participants on the intricacies of various public consultation mechanisms and institutionalize good regulatory practices as the Salvadoran Customs Administration prepares to create an internal policy to require all customs regulations be subject to a 60-day notice and comment period. Compared to other countries in the region, El Salvador has the greatest momentum toward reforming its public consultation procedures. As such, strengthening the Salvadoran government’s understanding of international best practices for public consultation will benefit the region by building momentum and serving as an example of what the remaining countries can work toward.

To achieve this, CLDP and ITA called upon several interagency experts with extensive experience with public consultation, particularly the notice and comment rulemaking process. The experts provided an overview of the legal underpinning of public consultation, assessed duration determinations for consultation processes, shared methodologies for reviewing and responding to comments received, and discussed whole-of-government approaches to improving transparency and governance mechanisms. Additionally, the experts walked through illustrative examples that showcased the consultation process from start to finish.

As a result of this workshop, the Salvadoran Customs Administration has increased its understanding of notice and comment processes within an international trading scheme. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Salvadoran government and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

May 13, 2019 - May 14, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Regulatory Impact Analysis

On May 13-14, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on ‘Best Practices: Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA),” for 25 government representatives from El Salvador’s Regulatory Improvement Agency (OMR) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

In December of 2018, the Salvadoran Regulatory Improvement Law was passed, thereby formalizing OMR as the oversight body for El Salvador’s public consultation processes effective April 9, 2019. To support OMR as it assumes the role of coordinating and overseeing El Salvador’s notice and comment procedures, Commerce organized a workshop that set forth best practices on conducting effective regulatory impact analyses. 

 

Currently there does not exist a legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in El Salvador. Moreover, Salvadoran ministries struggle to coordinate with one another, further hindering interagency coordination and stakeholder engagement required to perform transparent analysis of the anticipated consequences of economically significant regulatory actions. Recognizing the importance ofinstitutionalizing best practices and encouraging efficiency in the Salvadoran regulatory review process, CLDP & ITA led a two-day workshop that showcased best practices for performing regulatory impact analyses.

 

The workshop showcased how U.S. agencies approach regulatory impact analyses from the initial assessment that quantifies and monetizes the anticipated costs and benefits of a proposed regulation, to identifying alternative regulatory actions. To achieve this, CLDP & ITA called upon interagency experts to share best practices in implementing a whole-of-government approach for improved governance and transparency in the regulatory process. The experts provided an overview of the legal framework for regulatory impact analysis in the U.S. and illustrated howeffective coordination within and among agencies is essential to achieving regulatory coherence. Moreover, the experts shared practical tools that OMR can implement across the government to increase private sector input in the regulatory process. To conclude, the experts led the participants in interactive case studies that simulated minor proposed changes to sweeping regulatory revisions.

 

As a result of this workshop, OMR increased its understanding of efficiency in the regulatory review process within an international trading scheme. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Salvadoran government and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

May 8, 2019 - May 9, 2019

Honduras: Trade Facilitation Workshop on Interagency Coordination

On May 8-9, 2019, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on ‘Best Practices: Interagency Coordination & Stakeholder Engagement,” for 70 government representatives from Central America’s Northern Triangle in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

May 1, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Puerto Rico Consultations on Microgrid Regulation

On May 1-3, CLDP, in partnership with the Department of Energy, organized consultations for a delegation from Honduras and Guatemala in Puerto Rico to learn more about Puerto Rico’s Microgrid regulations and the market for microgrids.

April 29, 2019

El Salvador: Workshop on Suppy Chain Management

On April 29, 2019, CLDP & USTR conducted a workshop on ‘Strengthening Supply Chain Management,’ for 70 textile and apparel industry representatives in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

March 18, 2019 - March 19, 2019

Northern Triangle: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Public Consultation

On March 18-19, in collaboration with ITA, CBP, and USDA, CLDP conducted a trade facilitation workshop on best practices in public consultation for more than 60 government officials and private sector representatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

February 21, 2019 - February 22, 2019

Honduras: CLDP Implements Third Workshop on Microgrid Policy and Regulation

On February 21-22, CLDP implemented its third workshop on microgrid policy and regulation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.