CLDP Participates in International Trade and Transport Week in Odessa, Ukraine

May 30, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Photo credit: Sergei Trusov, Customs Broker Magazine

On May 30-June 2, 2017, as a follow-on to CLDP’s Trans-Caspian Workshop on Trade Facilitation and Cross-Border Issues, Michael Cofield was invited to participate in the 16th Annual International Trade and Transport Week (ITTW) in Odessa, Ukraine and to present as part of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Seminar on Trade and Transport Facilitation. Representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine, as well as advisors from the European Commission, the UN, and the World Trade Organization also participated in the Seminar. Michael Cofield’s presentation focused on the Challenges and Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation in Ukraine. Participants from the UNECE, the EU, and the Government and private sector in Ukraine requested that CLDP organize an entire workshop on Public-Private Partnerships as an instrument for facilitating trade in Ukraine. In addition to the facilitation of cross-border trade and transport, the ITTW week-long series of events covered the effect of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement on agricultural trade, infrastructure projects throughout the Silk Road region, and technological solutions to trade facilitation challenges.

Photo credit: Sergei Trusov, Customs Broker Magazine
Photo credit: Sergie Trusov, Customs Broker Magazine

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. 

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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