Asia & South Asia

December 8, 2019 - December 13, 2019

Consultations for the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

December 8, 2019 - December 13, 2019

On December 8-13, 2019, CLDP and USGS will facilitate consultations and meetings for a 7-member Afghan delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) with Colombian counterparts in in Bogotá, Colombia.  The Afghan delegation will meet with Colombian government officials to learn about Colombia’s efforts to formalize its artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, effective governance of emerald production and export, implementation of e-cad

November 25, 2019 - November 29, 2019

Afghanistan: UN Internet Governance Forum 2019

November 25, 2019 - November 29, 2019

From November 25-29, CLDP will support attendance at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF)  by government and non-government officials from several countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder event that brings together people from government, civil society, academia, and the technical community to address many issues, including connectivity, openness, and cyber security. It is an annual event that is being held this year in Berlin, Germany.

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Regional Transport and Logistics Program and Termez Site Visit

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

In November, CLDP will sponsor Afghan private sector companies and public representatives in a regional conference on transportation and logistics matters and conduct a site visit to the free economic zone in Termez, Uzbekistan, in order to continue to facilitate and improve open trade between Afghanistan and its regional partners.

November 4, 2019 - November 8, 2019

Pakistan: CLDP Restarts Technical Assistance Cooperation with the Government of Pakistan

On November 4-8, 2019, CLDP experts will travel to Islamabad to meet with Pakistani and Embassy officials to reinitiate technical assistance cooperation under a new interagency agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

October 29, 2019 - October 30, 2019

ITAN Project Finance Consultations

On October 29-30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia,  CLDP will hold a week-long consultation for participants from the Ministries of Finance and relevant line ministries from South Asian countries to discuss best practices in project finance

October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

United Arab Emirates: CLDP kick-starts the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot Program – Phase One

On October 20-22, 2019, CLDP will initiate the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot, a multi-phased program aimed to develop the capacity of the arbitration specialist in the emerging markets through preparing law school teams to participate in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot).  The Vis Moot, held in Vienna, Austria, is the pre-eminent moot competition on commercial law and arbitration and is used as an educational tool for arbitrators, judges, lawyers, professors, and law students to foster the study and practice of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration. The Vis Moot provides a comprehensive simulation of a factitious international commercial dispute, and enables participants, both judges, lawyers, and legal scholars alike, to gain technical and legal understanding of the international commercial arbitration process.  During this first phase, CLDP will implement a three-day workshop that introduces the Vis problem and identifies the main issues that the arbitral tribunal will have to weigh. The workshops will also review essential legal rules that will govern the arbitration and moderate a comparative analysis of arbitration rules (institutional and ad hoc) related to the Vis problem. This year’s Phase One academic host and partner is the University of the United Arab Emirates – Al Ain, held in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), and the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh.  CLDP will be working with more than 15 teams from more than 8 nations throughout the year, to include UAE, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. 

September 9, 2019 - September 12, 2019

CLDP Conducts Public-Private Partnership Workshop in Nepal

CLDP held a series of three workshops on September 9-11 & 13 on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in partnership with the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) and the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. The first workshop was a two-day workshop for government ministries. The workshop covered the process for competitively tendering PPPs and evaluating bids. Additionally, the workshop also provided IBN with insights into how to set up a PPP authority. Under the new PPP law instituted in March 2019, IBN was designated the new PPP authority and is currently in the process of institutionalizing its new procedures. The workshop was an opportune time to begin engaging with IBN under its new authority.

The second workshop was a half-day workshop for Parliamentarians to help them understand how PPP projects are structured and how political support can help a project to succeed. CLDP moderated a panel comprised of the former CEO of IBN, a senior lawyer to the Millennium Challenge Authority, and a DFID-sponsored contractor working with IBN on challenges of implementing PPPs in Nepal. The last workshop was a half-day workshop for members of the media. The workshop was designed to give the media a better understanding of PPPs in order to report on them. CLDP drew experts from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s PPP Office, the Port of Tampa, and the leading Florida law firm on PPPs.

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.