Honduras: CLDP Conducts Trade Facilitation Assessment

October 16, 2017 - October 20, 2017
CLDP meets with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tegucigalpa

From October 16-20, CLDP conducted a trade facilitation assessment in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in coordination with the International Trade Administration (ITA). The assessment kicked off a joint project between CLDP and ITA which aims to increase regional integration in Central America by providing technical assistance to the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  The project will build off of a previous ITA initiative, called Pathways to Prosperity, and will focus on implementation of the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement and supply chain competitiveness.

 

While in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, CLDP and ITA met with key stakeholders from both the public and private sector, including the Presidential Commission on Customs Reform (COPRISAO), the Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, a private company recently granted a 30-year concession to operate the largest port in Honduras, and chambers of commerce and other business associations. During these meetings, CLDP and ITA examined the gap between the requirements of Articles 1 and 2 of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and what Honduras currently implements. Articles 1 and 2 cover information availability, opportunities to comment, advance rulings, and appeals.

 

Robust implementation of both articles is critical to both regional integration and to the success of U.S. businesses accessing the Honduran market. Funding from this project comes from the Department of State as part of the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, a bipartisan, multi-year U.S. government plan promoting institutional reforms and addressing developmental challenges in the region. This project is one of three that CLDP will begin implementing in the region in support of the Strategy’s aim to protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, while increasing opportunities for U.S. and other businesses.

Secretary of Agriculture Jacobo Paz Bodden speaks to CLDP Attorney Advisor Lindsey Scannell

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