Asia & South Asia

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Connects the Czech and Afghan Business Communities

CLDP facilitated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

July 23, 2020

Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka: CLDP held a Training for ADR Centers' Staff

CLDP in partnership with the Hong Kong International Arbritration Centre (HKIAC) will held a Training for ADR Centers' Staff from Afghanistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Stakeholder Breakout Meetings

Throughout the months of July and August, 2020, CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, hosted a series of breakout teleconferences-meetings focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan. 

June 17, 2020

Afghanistan: CLDP Hosts a Virtual Assessment on the Status of Health, Safety, and Labor Conditions in Afghanistan

On June 17, CLDP held a virtual meeting with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Labor, and Ahmad-Sharif Jafari, the Director of Health and Safety at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) in Afghanistan. The purpose of this meeting was to conduct a virtual assessment of the health, safety, and labor conditions in Afghanistan’s mining sector. During the meeting, our colleagues at the U.S. DOL asked a series of questions that they had compiled after reviewing Afghanistan’s most recent Health and Safety Regulations as well as Afghanistan’s Labor Law, both of which CLDP translated from Dari to English for their assessment. Director Jafari was able to answer most of their questions and both sides agreed to follow up with further clarifications. CLDP has been collaborating with the U.S. DOL in an effort to help Afghanistan address concerns from the international community with regards to its labor laws and health and safety standards. The main purpose behind this collaboration is to ensure that Afghanistan continues to benefit from its status under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, which eliminates duties on thousands of Afghan products that are imported into the U.S. Prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, CLDP had planned to conduct its trade and labor assessment in person in Kabul. However, since travel has been postponed under the current conditions, these assessments have been taking place virtually. This transition has increased CLDP’s capacity to communicate and engage with its counterparts overseas. (Tavaf 240-690-1130, Mallett 202-482-9018.

June 9, 2020

Afghanistan: SPS Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting & Program Launch Teleconference

CLDP, in cooperation with the USDA and USAID, hosted a teleconference focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.

June 6, 2020

Sri Lanka: Launch of the 2020-21 Vis Moot Program

CLDP held an event to launch the 2020-21 Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot (the Vis Moot). 

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April 21, 2020

Bangladesh: Privacy and Data Workshop

On April 21, 2020, CLDP held a virtual consultation via video with participants from the Bangladesh government and private sector on current regulatory issues including data regulation and privacy. Representatives of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and the Federal Trade Commission led the discussions. This program is part of CLDP’s work in South Asia under the Department of State’s Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), which supports increased access to communications, an open, interoperable, and secure Internet, transparent regulatory policies for open competitive markets, and trade opportunities for U.S. firms.  DCCP also builds partners nations’ capacity to address shared security threats, along with capacity building and commercial engagement activities.