Odesa, Ukraine: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018
Participants of the Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues

On November 6-8, 2018, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP facilitated the seventh meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Measures (the Group) for officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, special guest Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each participating country presented on innovations and amendments in animal, plant, and/or food safety law and practices in their country, which led to active discussions between all participants. The Group also heard and discussed presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, regarding electronic and export certification and the U.S. Phytosanitary Export Database. Advisors from Georgia shared about recent reforms there, including Georgia’s National Animal Health Plan and ways in which Georgia involves the private sector in setting SPS policy. Lastly, the Group heard from CLDP Ukraine personnel and Ukrainian advisors regarding Ukraine’s participation in WTO SPS Committee meetings. The Group noted the various ways each presentation underscored the myriad benefits derived from timely notification of SPS laws and regulations, including for attracting foreign trade. Accordingly, the Group’s further work will focus on notifications to the WTO and IPPC, publishing pertinent import and export requirements, as well continuing its ongoing work with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization to develop a regional veterinary laboratory network. 

Experts and CLDP: Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues
Working Group in Action

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.  

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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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