Northern Triangle: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Public Consultation

March 18, 2019 - March 19, 2019
CLDP and FCS greet Honduran Vice President Maria Antonia Rivera and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Heide B. Fulton before the workshop

On March 18-19, in collaboration with ITA, CBP, and USDA, CLDP conducted a trade facilitation workshop on best practices in public consultation for more than 60 government officials and private sector representatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduran government participants included representatives from Customs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the National Agri-Food Health and Safety Service, and the Health Regulation Agency. They were joined by their counterparts from Guatemalan and Salvadoran Customs as well as El Salvador’s Ministry of Economy, Office of Regulatory Improvement, and Institute of Access to Public Information. From the Honduran private sector, the Honduran Council on Private Enterprise, American Chamber of Commerce in Honduras, and the National Federation of Customs Agents participated. After opening remarks from Honduran Vice President Maria Antonia Rivera and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Heide B. Fulton, CLDP experts presented on topics including promoting competitiveness through good regulatory practice, providing adequate notice of and meaningful opportunity to comment on proposed regulations, and rulemaking from a government agency’s perspective. Representatives from the governments of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala as well as the Honduran private sector each had an opportunity to present their perspective and share their experience, and the workshop concluded with an interactive discussion of upcoming regulations and plans to incorporate the private sector’s perspective by conducting transparent public consultation. Enhanced public consultation in Central America will increase the quality of regulation and ultimately facilitate domestic commerce, attract foreign direct investment, and promote foreign trade, which are all key objectives of CLDP and ITA’s Customs, Border Management, and Supply Chain program in the region.

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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