CLDP Facilitates the Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

June 13, 2017 - June 15, 2017

CLDP’s Michael Cofield and Yulia Melara organized the fifth meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, June 13-15, in Tbilisi, Georgia. CLDP brought together advisors from USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories, and USAID Central Asia to discuss the effect of the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement on SPS measures, to further inform the Working Group’s efforts to establish a regional network of diagnostic and reference laboratories, and to plan collaboration with and participation in the SPS and customs-related initiatives of USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs (CTJ) in Central Asia Project.  After lively and informative presentations from Georgia's Ministry of Agriculture and Revenue Service, delegates from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan provided updates on their countries' recently enacted SPS and trade facilitation measures. On the last day of the program, participants toured the main laboratory of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture, which recently received ISO 17025 accreditation. In addition to furthering the Group’s goal of working toward establishing a regional laboratory network, the Program provided Central Asian delegates an opportunity to learn from Georgia’s exemplary reforms, to establish contacts with the FAO/IAEA VetLab network, and to establish and strengthen working relationships in the region.

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.

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