Launch of the Georgian International Economic Diplomacy Manual and Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade

July 9, 2014 - July 11, 2014
US Ambassador to Georgia Norland and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Panjikidze launch the manual
US Ambassador to Georgia Norland and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Panjikidze launch the manual

In the final phase of a multi-year technical assistance program, CLDP partnered with Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (MOESD) to develop commercial and trade curricula for the MFA’s Diplomatic Training Center (DTC) through a workshop held in Tbilisi, Georgia from July 9-11, 2014. In an effort to institutionalize “economic diplomacy” curricula at DTC, CLDP has been providing training for DTC trainers as well as for current and future Georgian diplomats on promoting Georgian exports, engaging potential foreign investors, and effectively taking part in trade negotiations since 2012. In 2013, DTC led the effort to develop a Georgian International Economic Diplomacy Manual to be used during trainings and as a reference guide for current diplomats engaged in commercial matters abroad.

US Ambassador to Georgia Norland and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Panjikidze opened the workshop on July 9th by launching the Georgian International Economic Diplomacy Manual, which will serve as a guide on commercial diplomacy and world trade designed for Georgian diplomats working on economic issues as well as for those who will deliver lectures in this field at the Diplomatic Training Centre.

The workshop, co-sponsored by MFA, included Georgian diplomats from 14 key market countries and key officials from MFA and MOESD. DTC Trainers covered the basics of the commercial diplomacy curriculum and were joined by the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs of the US Embassy in Moscow and an economic officer from the US Embassy in Tbilisi. Workshop topics focused on the Georgian economy, WTO trade law, negotiating free trade agreements, dispute resolution in international contracts, investment and export promotion, structuring international business partnerships, commercial attaché tradecraft, presentation and networking skills, developing a market entry checklist, and included Georgia-specific business cases.

The knowledge and skills gained from these programs will help Georgia’s diplomatic corps to: (1) promote trade and investment opportunities in Georgia; (2) act as an interface between Georgian firms interested in joint ventures and potential foreign joint-venture partners; (3) identify potential foreign direct investors; and (4) effectively take part in international trade negotiations.

Georgian diplomats from 14 key market countries and key officials from MFA and MOESD at the Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy
Georgian diplomats from 14 key market countries and key officials from MFA and MOESD at the Workshop on Commercial Diplomacy

Upcoming Programs

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. 

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.

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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