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

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.

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