Afghanistan Regional Competition and Consumer Protection Law Consultations

June 5, 2013 - June 7, 2013
Afghanistan Regional Competition and Consumer Protection Law Consultations

In close coordination with the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) and the Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP), CLDP conducted a competition and consumer protection law program for the Afghan Competition Promotion and Consumer Protection Directorate (CPCPD) in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Building on previous CLDP competition and consumer protection programs in the United States and Turkey, the CPCPD specifically requested this program to learn about Pakistan’s experience in developing a competition and consumer protection law regime. Established respectively five and fifteen years ago, the CCP and CRCP went through many of the same challenges that CPCPD is facing today, such as political and public awareness challenges. With respect to competition law, the CCPprepared two days of consultations with CCP officials on the following topics: Organizational and Management Structures, Administrative Efficiencies and Challenges, Mechanisms for Preventing Corruption, Developing Legal, Economic and Accounting Expertise, Investigations to Enforcement, Establishing Credible Resource Materials and Public Awareness.  On the consumer protection side, the CRCP arranged for a day of consultations on Existing Legal Framework of Consumer Protection Laws, Right to Information Laws and Consumer Education and Consumer Complaints and Redress Forum.  The Afghan delegates noted many CCP practices they wanted to incorporate into the Afghan competition and consumer protection regime, including incorporating a “forcible entry” provision into the law to allow CPCPD staff to conduct unannounced searches, setting up an online complaint system, establishing a whistleblower program that rewards employees who expose anti-competitive behavior and establishing a legal research team. This program was a continuation of CLDP efforts to build the CPCPD’s internal capacity to develop a sustainable competition and consumer protection regime that will help create a transparent and level playing field for businesses in Afghanistan.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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