Asia & South Asia

In recent years, CLDP has received an increasing amount of funds to develop wide-ranging technical assistance programs in Afghanistan, ASEAN, Burma (Myanmar)India, and Pakistan making the region one of CLDP's largest portfolios. CLDP's work in the region includes providing assistance on developing an arbitration system in Afghanistan, a public procurement law in Burma (Myanmar), and continuing legal education in Pakistan.

CLDP's work in Asia began on an ad hoc basis. Initial programs included assisting Vietnam with drafting its first commercial code and supporting the country with World Trade Organization (WTO) and trade policy-making concepts and working with the Government of the Philippines to foster a legal environment conducive to better enforcement of Intellectual Property rights both in the public and the private sector.

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Goal: CLDP has been working with the Government of Afghanistan and the Afghan private sector on increasing the trade and investment capacity of the country.

Program Areas:

  • Commercial Law Implementation
  • Commercial Law Education Development
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Development
  • Investment Promotion Capacity-Building
  • Judicial Education in Commercial Law


Goal: In 2012, the Department of State and Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement third country training for the other ASEAN member states. Under a recently signed interagency agreement with State, CLDP implements trainings in partnership with Singapore on areas of commercial law including trade facilitation, public procurement, and IPR/tech transfer.

Program Areas

  • Trade Facilitation, Investment Promotion, and Customs Harmonization
  • Public Procurement
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Intellectual Property Rights/Technology Transfer


Goal: ​CLDP, in partnership with USAID under the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) initiative, is working with the Government of Burma (GoB) to build capacity on public procurement, consumer protection, arbitration and investment. CLDP initially provided technical assistance to the GoB at the request of the US Embassy in Rangoon for the updated Foreign Investment law (FIL). In addition to coordinating interagency comments on the initial draft FIL, CLDP has also provided comments on the implementation of the SME law, the telecommunications law, the harmonized Investment law and the draft arbitration law. CLDP also participated in USAID's AgClir assessment as lead on the investment climate and intellectual property rights chapters.

As part of the State Department’s Energy Governance Capacity Initiative (EGCI), CLDP conducted an energy assessment in Burma (Myanmar) in March, 2013. Following the assessment, CLDP conducted competitive bidding/production sharing contracts (PSC) workshop that resulted in the Ministry of Energy announcing liberalization of its PSC fiscal terms one month after the workshop.  CLDP conducted a financial modeling workshop in Naypyitaw in January, 2014 as the next phase of programming.

Program Areas:

  • Public Procurement
  • Consumer Protection
  • Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Judicial Capacity Building
  • Energy Legal and Regulatory Framework


Goal: Pursuant to a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of India (GoI) and the United States on shale gas resources, the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) has been helping the GoI build its capacity in developing a legal and regulatory framework conducive to foreign investment in shale gas exploration and production.

Program Areas:

  • Energy Legal and Regulatory Framework


Goal: CLDP has been working with the Government of Pakistan on its goals of diversifying Pakistan’s exports and creating a legal environment to promote foreign investment in Pakistan. CLDP will also start an energy program that will contribute to regional energy security and a commercial law education program that will strengthen rule of law in Pakistan.

Program Areas:

  • Energy Law Capacity Building
  • Commercial Law Education
  • Judicial Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
  • Judicial Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Academia-to-Business Technology Transfer
  • Trade policy/research and building of e-Learning trade modules

Upcoming Programs

CLDP in Action

March 23, 2020 - March 28, 2020

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