Tbilisi, Georgia: CLDP Organizes Sub-regional Workshop to Further Work on Lead Paint Initiative

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

On September 10-11, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP led a sub-regional workshop highlighting best practices in developing laws to restrict lead in paint. The workshop brought together officials from the CLDP-facilitated Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Standards with their counterparts in Central Asian and Georgian Ministries of Health and Ministries of the Environment, as well as with advisors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. The workshop featured each participating country’s update regarding progress in implementing the “Country Approaches” outlined and submitted after the previous sub-regional workshop in March 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Participating NGOs provided perspectives on awareness-raising activities among government officials, industry, and the public. Presentations from advisors covered the UNEP’s “Model Law and Guidance” on lead paint regulation, which advocates the U.S.-established and increasingly globally-accepted lead level of 90 parts per million; “Laboratory Capacity, Compliant Paint, and Market Forces;” and existing laboratory networks for testing lead levels in paint. Through its work with the Standards Working Group, CLDP aimed to ensure that standards agencies in the region were represented, as appropriate, and to bolster intra-agency collaboration within the governments of participating countries. Lead exposure is a major contributor to children’s intellectual disability in low- and middle-income countries, translating into costs of $977 billion in such countries (roughly 1.20% of world GDP), significantly affecting health, safety and economic development. CLDP’s work in this area has helped to continue the United States’ leadership in preventing the spread of disease and disability while facilitating and emphasizing intergovernmental, interagency, and public-private cooperation in Central Asia. 

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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