CLDP Hosted TBT Case Study Event in Kyiv

September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018
CLDP Engaged on Fire-Resistant Electrical Cable

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

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