Asia & South Asia

March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: Government Officials Participate in Trade and WTO Law Certificate Course

From March 22 to 26, CLDP sponsored the attendance of twelve government officials from Afghanistan and two government officials from Sri Lanka to participate in the Institute of International Economic Law’s virtual certificate course at Georgetown University. 

March 19, 2021 - March 20, 2021

Iraq: 1st National Competition on International Commercial Arbitration

On March 19-20, 2021, CLDP and the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education hosted Iraq’s first International Commercial Arbitration Competition for 5 Iraqi law schools who registered to represent the country in the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot later this month in Vienna. The Competition showcased the proficiency of graduating lawyers in the field of international commercial arbitration. Given Iraq's recent ratification of the New York Convention, this national event illustrates the country’s commitment in cultivating a cadre of experts that will champion the use of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. The competition is a component of CLDP's Vis Pre-Moot Iraq program, which has graduated over 40 lawyers in the field of international commercial arbitration. 

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March 17, 2021

Afghanistan: Introductory Meeting with DG Ahmady of Afghanistan Customs Department

On March 17, CLDP hosted an introductory meeting with the recently appointed Director General (DG) of Afghanistan’s Customs Department and her main advisors.

March 15, 2021 - March 19, 2021

Technology Transfer Conference

CLDP, in close cooperation with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), sponsored 21 managers from University Business Linkage offices (UBL cells) to virtually attend the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2021 Annual Meeting and Conference. The AUTM conference is the world’s largest gathering of technology transfer professionals.  The conference was structured to be highly interactive, with program sessions focused on learning, networking, and deal-making with over 1,500 professionals from 20 different countries and the leading universities around the world. Some of the topics covered included drafting and negotiating intellectual property (IP) license agreements, industry – academic partnerships, innovation strategies, administration of technology transfer offices, the “nuts and bolts” of technology transfer, IP trends and successful practices, innovation focusing on agriculture, and proof of concept and early stage technologies. This program continues to build on programs conducted by CLDP with MoHE and others, to establish and enhance UBL cells at public and private universities across Sri Lanka, all of which play a key role in creating and maintaining an ecosystem of innovation and contribute to the strengthening of Sri Lanka’s IP rights enforcement regime.

March 15, 2021 - March 19, 2021

Power Africa and Asia-Pacific: PPP Financing Documents

On March 15, CLDP released a pre-recorded webinar on financing documents for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to participants in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

March 11, 2021

Afghanistan: CLDP joins Launch of Donors Working Group for Agriculture in Afghanistan

On March 11, 2021, CLDP joined seven other organizations in a virtual launch, founding the newly running Donors Working Group for Agriculture in Afghanistan. 

March 10, 2021

Bangladesh – Video Conference on National Strategies for Artificial Intelligence

On March 10, CLDP hosted a virtual discussion of Bangladesh’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI) with 13 Bangladeshi government and non-government officials. Speakers from the U.S. Department of State and the Brookings Institution provided an overview of the governmental approaches to AI and the Bangladesh National Strategy, and industry experts from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft spoke on how Bangladesh might create a better business environment for growth in AI industries. A developing country’s approach to AI will affect growth and availability of digital services and the ability of U.S. tech companies to offer services and products using advanced technologies and without cumbersome restrictions, and is affected by related policies, including those that do not restrict the free flow of data. CLDP conducted this discussion as part of its work under the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership, a global U.S. initiative to advance connectivity and digital trade, to improve policy and regulatory environments for ICT sector growth, and to enhance cyber security. 

March 4, 2021

Bangladesh Line Ministries PPP Dispute Resolution Webinar

In collaboration with the PPP Authority, CLDP conducted an introductory workshop on PPP dispute resolution.