CLDP Facilitates Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

March 14, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Delegations from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, CLDP, and advisors from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and USDA/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), met on March 14-16, 2018, in Almaty, Kazakhstan to further regional cooperation in support of fair and safe trade in the region. The meeting focused on implementing recommendations from the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting which took place in December 2017. Accordingly, as a step toward establishing a regional network of veterinary laboratories, participants undertook preparation of a concept note requesting an FAO audit of laboratories in the region using FAO’s Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT). Specialist subgroups undertook work on a series of projects recommended by the TIFA Council, focused on information exchange and comparative analyses in the areas of animal and plant health and safety and food safety. Participants also toured the DTRO-funded Central Reference Laboratory of the Kazakhstan Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases in Almaty, which furthered the Group’s understanding of international best practices regarding laboratories and highly-infectious animal diseases. Safely and effectively reducing border formalities, enhancing the transparency, consistency, and predictability of SPS-related rules and procedures, and bringing SPS measures and practices into compliance with international best practices can significantly add to regional economic growth, improve the health and safety of its citizens, and lay the groundwork for sustainable development, increased investment, and open markets. 

Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

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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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