Egypt: CLDP Initiates Technical Assistance on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

July 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019

On July 17-18, 2019, in Cairo, CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Trade Administration, and the World Bank Group, held a conference on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) for officials from the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), members of the Egyptian National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), and representatives from the Federation of Egyptian Industries. 

In June, Egypt deposited its instrument of ratification and notified its B and C categories under the Agreement.  At the conference, the Undersecretary of Egypt’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the Head of the ECA Customs Reform Unit presented on Egypt’s submissions, priorities for reform, and the progress the country has made in forming its NTFC and advancing Customs draft legislation incorporating many TFA reforms.

Industry previewed the trade and investment opportunities associated with WTO TFA reforms, and expressed encouragement to the Government of Egypt on its plans for reform.  

Expert panels featured a line-by-line review of the TFA provisions, and experts engaged multiple Egyptian agencies in a discussion of the Agreement’s principles and best practices for its implementation. 

This conference marks the beginning of a multi-year cooperation program with USAID and the Government of Egypt on implementation of WTO TFA reforms. Coordinating with the World Bank and other donors, CLDP has agreed to provide assistance on WTO TFA Article I, Publication and Availability of Information; Article III, Advance Rulings; and Coordinated Border Management.

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