El Salvador: CLDP Organizes Virtual Business Fundamentals Courses for Textile Representatives

March 15, 2021 - March 19, 2021

On March 15-19, 2021, CLDP, in coordination with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), conducted a multi-track virtual training for 19 Salvadoran and 1 Honduran representative from the public, private, and academic sectors within the textile and apparel industry.

In preparation for the multi-track training, CLDP, USTR, and the University of Missouri, identified 20 textile representatives to participate as Capstone Finalists for the week-long professional development opportunity to build capacity in 4 critical areas: marketing, innovation, supply chain management, and the CAFTA-DR. Based on submitted proposals and identified areas of expertise, finalists were apportioned between the areas of focus for a total of 5 participants in each of the four tracks: CAFTA-DR, Innovation, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.

U.S. academic and industry specialists in each area of focus developed tailored presentations, case studies, and illustrative resources such as decision trees, flow charts, and summaries. The experts lead discussions and interactive working sessions to address specific issues faced by the Salvadoran and Honduran representatives. Across the four workstreams, U.S. experts shared best practices on practical methods to improve marketing strategies, strengthen communication, enhance innovation, develop business opportunities, improve supply chain efficiencies, and address sourcing issues within the CAFTA region. Informal networking sessions – CAFTA Coffee, Innovation Conversation, Marketing Meetup, and Supply Chain Sit-Down – were also included each day to enable participants to have casual conversations with colleagues in their respective fields and expand their professional networks.

The objective of this targeted professional development training is to develop resident experts in the four areas of focus to serve as local resources for textile representatives in El Salvador and the broader Northern Triangle region. To foster sustainable information sharing networks, the participants met throughout the week to develop plans to share their knowledge and skills acquired during the program with industry colleagues in the region. The multi-track training concluded with a joint session with all 20 participants discussing business fundamentals, providing final reflections, and presenting their work-stream specific knowledge sharing plans.

As a result of this multi-track training, industry representatives from the Northern will be better able to utilize the CAFTA-DR to source yarn and textiles, strengthen the regional supply chains, enhance innovations, and expand their marketing strategies thereby increasing economic growth and development for the industry in the region. The multi-track training contributes to the CLDP/USTR Program’s sustainability efforts through educational exchange opportunities between the participants, U.S. experts, and U.S. Universities.

This training forms part of the CLDP/USTR capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

Dr. Charles Freeman presented in the Innovation track on Chemical Engineering in Textile & Apparel Industry.

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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