Azerbaijan: CLDP Provides Comments to Customs Code

June 3, 2020

On June 3, CLDP submitted comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the new draft of the Azerbaijan Customs Code to reflect changes necessary to bring the code closer to standards reflected in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.  Additionally, CLDP experts further reviewed and responded to sections of the customs code relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) and discussed ways to make the code reflective of TFA principles of transparency and due process. The Azerbaijan Customs Committee made a specific request to the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan for CLDP comments to the draft law as a result of CLDP’s past programming  related to trade facilitation technical assistance in Azerbaijan. U.S. Embassy Baku and CLDP will organize a webinar meeting with Azerbaijan customs officials and CBP experts to discuss comments to the law in the coming month.  

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. 

February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

CLDP in Action

November 9, 2020

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, a series of Live Forum broadcasts, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues whilst facilitating knowledge sharing. 

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