Southeast Asia and the Pacific

CLDP is engaged in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands in support of two government-wide initiatives to help meet the region’s critically important need for high quality infrastructure.

  • Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN); which aims to streamline and strategically deploy US government tools that promote private sector investment in infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific in a comprehensive and cohesive manner.
  • Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (AsiaEDGE); which aims to strengthen energy security and promote energy access across the Indo-Pacific.

CLDP works with governments in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands to develop transparent legal and procedural frameworks to oversee complex infrastructure projects. CLDP's efforts help build the lndo-Pacific region's capacity to attract high quality investors and developers, procure sustainable, high-standard infrastructure, and reach financial close on projects.

Countries within CLDP’s Southeast Asia portfolio include Thailand, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands.


Goal: CLDP has been working with law schools in Burma (Myanmar) since 2018 to improve understanding of commercial arbitration. Developing commercial arbitration is an important indicator that a country is ready for foreign direct investment.

Program Areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


Goal: With a focus on Public-Private Partnerships and procurement, CLDP has been working with the government of Timor-Leste to enhance the legal and regulatory frameworks for public-private partnerships as part of the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN).

Program Areas:

  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Energy
  • Judicial Reform

Upcoming Programs

July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020

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. These teleconferences built on the information gained during the SPS kickoff meeting in early June. The purpose of these breakout sessions was to connect agricultural stakeholders within Afghan Government ministries and the private sector, in order to build dialogue around reducing barriers to trade and identifying opportunities to help Afghanistan meet World Trade Organization SPS Agreement obligations, improve SPS and food safety procedures, and expand agricultural market access in existing and new markets. These breakout sessions also served as an opportunity to examine in detail the issues affecting Afghanistan’s SPS legal and regulatory framework.  CLDP is working with the Afghan government and private sector to improve Afghanistan’s food safety legal and regulatory regimes and to enhance its agricultural trade and commercial activity, increase its employment, and ultimately to contribute to peace in the region.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

August 13, 2020

CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, hosted a teleconference specifically for representatives from the Afghan Private-Sector, focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.