CLDP Celebrates 20 years!

February 23, 2012
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.

The Commercial Law Development Program was created in February, 1992 and on February 23, 2012, CLDP organized an event to thank the institutions and the individuals who created CLDP and/or helped it grow, and to reflect on lessons learned. Commerce Secretary Bryson emphasized the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas; he highlighted the contribution made by CLDP in fostering such environments in many countries. Ambassador Taylor echoed the Secretary’s words and praised the model cooperation between the Departments of State and the Department of Commerce, which has made it possible for CLDP to respond promptly to State’s priorities for technical assistance in commercial law, whether the beneficiary countries were former Soviet Bloc countries as in February 1992, or are Arab Spring countries as in February 2012.

In a discussion moderated by Commerce General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry, Judge Bernice B. Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Delissa Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP programs in many countries over the years. Both judges concluded that the judicial capacity building programs conducted by CLDP have resulted in two significant changes: foreign judges now realize that they can play a significant role in the economic development of their countries; they have now the expertise and the confidence to help bring about the judicial environment, adapted to their country’s specific context, that are conducive to foreign investment and trade. Awards were presented by CLDP staff to several USG officials, diplomats and private sector experts, who have made important contributions to CLDP programs and to the strengthening of the rule of law worldwide.
 

Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.

Upcoming Programs

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on effective interagency coordination to facilitate comprehensive publication of trade-related and centrally-published information. Participants included technical representatives from the Honduran and Guatemalan Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, and Honduran private sector representatives. During the workshop the Honduran participants met with their U.S. counterparts from the Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to learn best practices for coordinating across trade ministries and publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. With support from the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, the participants shared respective efforts to encourage trade through greater transparency and improve publication practices. This workshop was part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

Read More about Tunisia: CLDP Holds Cross-Border eCommerce Workshop