CLDP Facilitates Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues

October 16, 2017 - October 19, 2017
Participants of the Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues

CLDP’s Michael Cofield and Yulia Melara organized the fifth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Customs for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan on October 16-19. The first part of the meeting focused on risk management and post-clearance audit, with each delegation sharing its country's recent developments in these areas. Advisors from U.S. Customs and Border Protection further developed the topics through presentations and case studies. An advisor from Latvian Customs, on loan to GiZ, added to the Group's interactive discussions by providing perspective on Latvian and EU policy and practice. The Group also heard from the private sector, with an American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan speaker addressing the experience of international businesses in crossing borders in the region and through participating in USAID's 7th Annual Central Asia Trade Forum. The program ended with an opportunity for the Group to participate in a C5+1 (Central Asia 5 + US) discussion of customs issues. The four-day meeting advanced the Group's goals of further developing Group into a platform for regional cooperation and integration, further developing the capacity of Central Asian officials to implement international best practices, incorporating private sector experience to allow for more open markets, and leveraging opportunities to collaborate with other USG and international projects in the region.

Upcoming Programs

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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