El Salvador: Workshop on Best Practices in Public Consultation

October 23, 2018 - October 24, 2018

On October 23-24, 2018, CLDP and ITA conducted a two-day workshop on public consultation best practices for approximately 65 representatives of Salvadoran trade ministries responsible for citizen participation in addition to representatives from academia and the private sector. Additionally, representatives from several Honduran ministries participated as Honduras works to develop a framework for notice and comment procedures. The workshop served as a foundation to uniformly instruct the ministries on the intricacies of various public consultation mechanisms and institutionalize good regulatory practices as the ministries prepare to comply with the mandatory 15-day notice and comment process required by the Salvadoran Administrative Procedures Law in February 2019. Compared to other countries in the region, El Salvador has the greatest momentum toward reforming its public consultation procedures. As such, strengthening the Salvadoran government’s understanding of international best practices for public consultation will benefit the region by building momentum and serving as an example of what the remaining countries can work toward. CLDP and ITA called upon the expertise of several interagency experts with extensive experience with public consultation, particularly the notice and comment rulemaking process. The experts provided an overview of the legal underpinning of public consultation, assessed duration determinations for consultation processes, shared methodologies for reviewing and responding to comments received, and discussed whole-of-government approaches to improving transparency and governance mechanisms. Additionally, the experts walked through illustrative examples that showcased the consultation process from start to finish. The workshop increased El Salvador and Honduras’ understanding of notice and comment processes within an international trading scheme. Capacitating El Salvador and Honduras on public consultation mechanisms is part of CLDP and ITA’s workplan in Central America to help the region meet its WTO commitments.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

CLDP in Action

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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