Asia & South Asia

April 21, 2020 - April 23, 2020

ITAN Project Finance Consultations

On April 21-23, 2020 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

April 7, 2020 - April 10, 2020

Pakistan and Sri Lanka: CLDP Holds U.S. Consultations on Advance Rulings for Officials from Sri Lanka and Pakistan

On April 6-9, 2020 CLDP will partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to host officials from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Washington, D.C. for consultations on Advance Rulings. 

March 28, 2020 - April 9, 2020

Energy and Fuel Exploration Workshop

From March 28th-April 9th, 2020, CLDP will host an Energy and Fuel Exploration Workshop for over 35 participants from Afghanistan's mining sector. The workshop will cover Afghanistan's new mining laws and regulations as well as technical developments in the field. 

March 23, 2020 - March 28, 2020

ADR Training and Consultations

From March 23-28, CLDP will host Afghans, Maldivians, Malaysians, and Sri Lankans for three ADR trainings at the Asian International Arbitrtion Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

March 16, 2020 - March 17, 2020

Afghanistan - ADR Training

From March 16-17, 2020 CLDp, in partnership with Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will lead an Accelerate Route to Membership certification program for Afghans and Maldivians. 

February 10, 2020 - February 12, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Workshop on Advance Rulings

On February 10-12, 2020, as a part of CLDP’s technical assistance to the Government of Afghanistan under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation, CLDP will host a workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Advance Rulings for officials from the Afghanistan Customs Department (“ACD”).  The three-day workshop will feature a refresher on skills needed to conduct classifications, valuations, and rules of origin, and experts from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and CLDP will work with the ACD to develop legislative amendments and draft regulations for Advance Rulings.

January 14, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Participates in U.S. Embassy Minerals Working Group Meeting

On January 14, 2020, in Kabul, Afghanistan, CLDP participated in the Minerals Working Group (MWG) meeting hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. The MWG is comprised of international donors and representatives from the Afghan government and private sector and focuses on issues related to the extractives industry. Last year, CLDP provided comments and revisions to the 2018 Minerals Law and implementing regulations. Participants included the U.S. Embassy Kabul Economic Section, USAID, and various international donors, including the European Union, U.K. Department for International Development, and Asian Development Bank.  Afghan participation included the Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Deputy Minister for Policy and Programs, Deputy Minister of the Afghan Geological Survey and a representative of the Administrative Office of the President. The Minister of Mines and Petroleum gave an update on the enactment of the mining regulations and provided an overview of upcoming restructuring of the Ministry and the proposed new method of awarding mineral rights. Stressing that the goal is to jumpstart the mining sector, the minister requested donor community assistance in evaluating the proposed changes.  CLDP’s assistance is helping to create an investor-friendly and comprehensive mining regime that will foster a business environment that attracts U.S. companies and contributes to further developing the Afghan economy. 

January 3, 2020 - January 10, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Conducts Advanced Topics Session of Mining Course

On January 3-10, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey, CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), conducted the Advanced Topics Mining Course workshop. A group of 21 students from both legal and technical backgrounds participated, composed primarily of Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) staff.  This workshop is a part of the two-year mining course that began in October 2018 in New Delhi, India. The technical portion of this workshop covered extraction methods, mining lifecycle, and economic considerations of mine development. The technical participants also visited an operating gold mine to observe best practices in mine development and operation. The legal portion of the workshop focused on best practices for drafting a mining concession and environmental, financial and social issues associated with mining projects. The legal participants also conducted mock negotiations between a government and a mining company. Legal and technical participants will train others in their respective departments in the subjects they learn during the two-year mining course. Creating a cadre of high-level trainers will help bring the necessary skills of MoMP to a level that will foster a business environment in the mining industry that is attractive to U.S. companies and will help develop the Afghan economy.