Egypt: CLDP and the Egyptian Customs Authority Roll Out Comprehensive Integrity Program

January 9, 2013 - January 17, 2013

In cooperation with the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), CLDP and the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration organized workshops devoted to combatting corruption for over 150 mid-level ECA staff in Alexandria, Port Said, and Cairo on January 9-16. The workshops support the ECA’s implementation of a comprehensive integrity program, to include the adoption of Ethics rules and guidelines, as well as a plan to engage key stakeholders.
Workshops were led by Assistant General Counsel for Administration Barbara Fredericks, Chief of the General Law Division in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration Elise Packard, Employment and Labor Law Division Deputy Chief John Guenther, and Senior Counsel for Ethics Arthur Warren.
Through consultations and trainings, Commerce is assisting the Egyptian Customs Authority in:

  • Program implementation, including 1) mechanisms to evaluate whether rules are followed, 2) a procedure for whistle-blowers to report wrong doing, and 3) transparency of operations
  • Roll out of the new implementation policy to stakeholders and appeal for continuing stakeholder support
  • Designing a training plan for all employees, where trainers train employees and managers together at the sites of their work.

On January 17, CLDP co-sponsored a large conference for the ECA Integrity Plan Roll-out and for stakeholder engagement.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop