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

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.

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