Almaty, Kazakhstan: CLDP Facilitates Inaugural Meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights

September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019

On September 17-19, 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, CLDP brought together government officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan with advisors from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), USPTO, and ITA for the first meeting of the Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. The program began with presentations from each country’s delegation regarding recent developments in laws and regulations promoting intellectual property rights protection in their respective countries. The program thereafter focused on the “Special 301 Report,” highlighting the process by which USTR prepares the report, and underscoring weaknesses in intellectual property rights protections in Central Asia, according to input form U.S. and international businesses. The areas underscored at the meeting were lack of enforcement, gaps in copyright law, damages from counterfeit trade, and the risks posed by government use of unlicensed software. Outcomes from the meeting included recommendations CLDP will raise at the October 2019 meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council regarding (1) ways in which Central Asian governments can participate in the Special 301 Report process going forward; and (2) the need to focus, at the Group’s next meeting, on interagency and public-private cooperation in furthering intellectual property rights protections. 

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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