CLDP Conducted the First Central Asia Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group

February 26, 2020 - February 27, 2020

From February 26-27, CLDP organized the first Central Asia Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group in Istanbul, Turkey.  CLDP invited private sector women entrepreneurs to participate in the working group.  Guest speakers from Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Coca-Cola and Retailer Vertical presented on various topics and promoted audience participation through the use of interactive case studies.  The WEE Working Group focused on promoting interconnectivity of women owned businesses in the Central Asia region through strategic partnerships between local and national chambers commerce and trade associations. The first program for WEE addressed two key topics (1) drafting a regional business agenda for women-owned business in Central Asia, and (2) how to utilize digital commerce to promote inter-connectivity in the Central Asia region and trade to Western markets. This workshop is the first in a series of workshops that will be held on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The workshop concluded with the creation of a document of recommendations for future workshops and engagements. 

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