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

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on effective interagency coordination to facilitate comprehensive publication of trade-related and centrally-published information. Participants included technical representatives from the Honduran and Guatemalan Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, and Honduran private sector representatives. During the workshop the Honduran participants met with their U.S. counterparts from the Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to learn best practices for coordinating across trade ministries and publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. With support from the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, the participants shared respective efforts to encourage trade through greater transparency and improve publication practices. This workshop was part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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