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

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