Uzbekistan: CLDP Assists UzStandart to Formalize Relationship with ASTM International

April 11, 2019

In October 2018, UzStandart, the Uzbek Agency for Standardization, Metrology, and Certification, requested CLDP’s assistance in reaching out to ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials), with the goal of concluding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). On April 11, 2019, CLDP received news that its efforts resulted in the parties’ executing an agreement. ASTM is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services, with over 12,500 standards operating globally. MOUs constitute the centerpiece of ASTM’s global outreach. The MOU with ASTM will provide UzStandart with access to ASTM standards and with input into developing new standards, among other benefits. The MOU also promotes sustainable development by furthering a development model based on private sector activity and increases market access. CLDP’s work in Central Asia seeks to facilitate increased trade based on international best practices including through regional and bi-lateral collaboration with standard-setting multilateral organizations such as ASTM. Please see more information about the MOU on ASTM’s website:

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