Tashkent, Uzbekistan: CLDP Joins TIFA Council to Launch Two New Working Groups

October 15, 2018 - October 16, 2018

CLDP Attorney Michael Cofield participated in the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement annual meetings on October 15-16, 2018 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On Monday, October 15, CLDP briefed the TIFA-level Working Groups on the work and results of the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups on customs issues, standards, and sanitary/phytosanitary measures. The briefing focused on the Groups' ongoing implementation of the recommendations received at the 2017 annual meetings. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, CLDP joined the TIFA Council, consisting of officials from the United States, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, with Afghanistan and Pakistan as observers, in formally launching a Regional Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and an Entrepreneurial Level Working Group on Women's Economic Empowerment. Strengthening intellectual property protections in Central Asia will significantly improve the business climate in the region decreasing risks for foreign investors and trading partners and encouraging and safeguarding domestic innovation. As it has in other regions of the world, CLDP's experience in facilitating women's economic empowerment will lead to greater prosperity, broader market access, and economic diversification. 

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

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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