Pakistan Financial Inclusion Workshop

October 16, 2018 - October 18, 2018

On October 16 and 18, CLDP conducted two one-day programs in Islamabad and Karachi, respectively, on legal and technical issues that affect small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their inclusion in financial systems. These were organized in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and the U.S. Consulate in Karachi Pakistan.  Islamabad, participants included representatives of the private sector, including Facebook and Uber; USAID’s Small and Medium Enterprises Activity; and government. In discussing whether regulatory reforms and interoperable platforms led to more cross-border e-commerce, panelists agreed that reform of trade rules affecting e-commerce could increase Pakistan's GDP by 2 percent or more. Two additional panels discussed how Pakistan’s simplifying and reducing taxes, and increasing trust and privacy in business transactions, will lead to more online activities by SMEs. The Karachi program consisted of two roundtable sessions on the same suite of issues, where a similar assemblage of stakeholders identified issues and priorities on topics including the role of financial technology services and barriers to cross-border trade.

It is estimated that 100 million Pakistanis do not participate in the formal banking sector, through banks or other means, depriving them of much-needed capital to grow their businesses. These events built on CLDP’s initial workshop in Islamabad in Mary, 2018, and form a foundation for further CLDP assistance to Pakistan in the area of financial inclusion for SMEs.

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