CLDP Facilitates the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Tbilisi, Georgia

June 6, 2018 - June 8, 2018
Participants of the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Tbilisi, Georgia

On June 6-8, 2018, in Tbilisi, CLDP facilitated the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards. As part of the U.S. government’s objective to promote economic expansion and stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia, CLDP has been facilitating regional working groups on customs, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and standards.

The meeting in Tbilisi aimed to further the Group’s objective of promoting a coordinated and collaborative approach to solving trade-related standards/technical regulation issues in the region, including by fostering increased knowledge of regional and international principles and practices, to facilitate fair and safe trade. During the workshop, the Group also reviewed and took up the results of the December 2017 meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council, including furthering the Group’s previous work toward investigating and recommending opportunities for facilitating trade through the harmonization or mutual recognition of standards setting, technical regulation development, conformity assessment, certification, and accreditation rules and procedures in the region.

Meeting in Tbilisi provided the Group an opportunity to learn from Georgia’s post-Soviet standards/technical regulations reforms, including the recent introduction by the Georgian Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission of a new regulation on net metering, which makes it possible for households with solar panels to receive compensation in cases where they supply excess energy to the power system. Site visits in Tbilisi allowed the group to observe efforts to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable energy at the city level and among small and medium enterprises. 

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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