First Regional Balkans Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management

July 24, 2018 - July 26, 2018
Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries
Customs officials from Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

From July 24-26, 2018, CLDP, in collaboration with Customs Committees of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro organized the first regional Balkans Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries in Podgorica, Montenegro. The workshop aimed at harmonizing customs procedures in the Balkans through WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Framework.  The workshop included presenters and experts from the World Customs Organization (WCO), US Customs and Border Protection, and the National Revenue Administration.  Topics covered include: Trade Facilitation: Role in Integrated Border Management, Developing Optimal Supply Chains, Single Window Mechanics and Cross Border Trade Facilitation, Free Trade Agreements, Advance Rulings, and Paperwork Required at the Border, and Known Trader Systems-How to Expedite Trade Facilitation at the Border, in addition to several other related topics. This workshop is the first in a series of programs on coordinated border management, which will harmonize customs procedures in the Balkans.  


Workshop on Regional Coordinated Border Management for Balkans Countries
Group Activity

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