CLDP Sponsors Launch of Counterfeit-Combating Project in Mali

July 11, 2017 - July 12, 2017

From July 11-12, CLDP co-led a workshop on combatting counterfeiting in Mali using technology to verify the authenticity of products. The event was an official launch of a public-private partnership, formed through CLDP’s work, amongst the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S.-based company Sproxil. The project uses mobile product authentication (using Sproxil’s software) to combat counterfeit products affecting public health, including pharmaceuticals and agro-inputs such as seeds and fertilizers. The technology allows consumers to verify a product in a matter of seconds.

 

The event assembled private-sector executives, government officials, and consumer and farmer groups to formally introduce the partnership and facilitate discussions on a cohesive approach to combat counterfeit goods.  CLDP will continue to work with Mali’s enforcement agencies such as customs, police, and the judiciary to raise awareness of the project.

 

The project addresses a major problem in Mali and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, where under-resourced regulatory bodies struggle to adequately address the numerous counterfeits in the market, which pose a public health risk and can negatively affect agricultural production. The project also protects the intellectual property of producers, including U.S. companies. CLDP's work in Mali is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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