CLDP Hosts Consultations for Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Washington D.C.

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017
Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from ASTM

On September 14-19, 2017, CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations. Expert advisors from NIST, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM international, and the Department of Energy led discussions on good regulatory practice, including public-private cooperation in developing voluntary standards and increasing energy efficiency, and U.S. practices for guaranteeing transparency and public participation in developing regulations. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. and international business community assisted the Group in its work developing regional standards for reducing or eliminating lead levels in paint. ITA’s Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia provided the group with an overview of U.S. business’ perspectives on market access and regulatory burdens in the region and of the benefits to trade from regional harmonization. Site visits took the Group to NIST’s Engineering Laboratory as well as to the ENERGY STAR certified Lehigh Cement Company’s Union Bridge Plant in Maryland. Developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia benefits domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from the EPA
Members of the Working Group on a site visit to the Lehigh Cement Company's Union Bridge, MD, plant

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