CLDP Hosted TBT Case Study Event in Kyiv

September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018
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In cooperation with MEDT, CLDP hosted several activities on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), which focused on standards, technical barriers and conformity assessment. Two very well-attended primary Workshops enabled experts to discuss similarities and differences one day, and then share these bilateral comparisons with commercial stakeholders the second day. Side meetings prior to and after the Workshops provided a better policy understanding to the visiting U.S. experts and enabled consideration of future work. Betsy Hafner and Christine Brown from USTR, Erik Puskar from NIST as well as Dmitriy Bodik and Steven Galan from UL skillfully distinguished key differences between the U.S. and Ukrainian regulatory regimes in very active exchanges with Ukraine participants.

The workshops’ format allowed Ukrainian ministries, standards bodies, and private businesses to extensively question the five U.S. specialists and vice versa. A number of similarities exist between the U.S. and Ukrainian regulatory systems, however, clarifications regarding differences proved insightful. A unique format for the workshops excluded formal presentations in favor of participatory dialogue. Detailed questions compared practical implementation and maximized the exchange of views, a workshop tactic that proved highly successful. Occasional “spot” on-line or document visuals supplemented the dialogue when necessary. The success of this Workshop format was in large part due to the quality of the experts provided by CLDP, and attendance by Ukrainian industry representatives and specialist participants. 

CLDP held follow-up meetings with Ukraine’s ElektroKable Association and MEDT after the workshops and will be reaching out to its talented U.S. TBT experts to identify additional distinctions noted during the week that can serve as a basis for discussing continued cooperation with Ukraine with a view to capacity-building and improved bilateral trade.

As a follow-up to these activities and, on October 9-10, CLDP will present at an International TBT Forum sponsored by MEDT. Substantive highlights elaborated in the intensive discussions this past week will form part of the messaging in the upcoming International Forum, which will be held in Kyiv.


Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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