CLDP organizes a Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) webinar for Egyptian Commercial Attachés

September 29, 2020

At the behest of the U.S. embassy in Egypt, CLDP is conducting a capacity building program for Egyptian commercial attachés. The objective of this program is to increase the attachés' capacity to boost Egypt's exports, attract foreign investment into Egypt, and help form joint-ventures between Egyptian firms and foreign firms.

The core of this program was supposed to be two weeks of consultations in the USA. Because of the pandemic, and until international travel resumes, CLDP has organized a series of webinars on topics or particular importance for the Egyptian commercial attachés. One such topic is the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) under which certain Egyptian goods can enter the US duty free. The U.S. GSP system is administered by USTR. On  September 29, 2020, CLDP organized for the Egyptian commercial attachés a GSP webinar focused on “Egypt’s Exports to the USA and the GSP Program”.

Ms. Laura Buffo, USTR's Deputy Assistant Trade Representative for GSP and Ms. Claudia Chlebek, Director GSP, USTR, gave a presentation and answered questions. Because of the importance of this topic, CLDP, with USTR's assistance created GSP exercises that the Egyptian commercial attachés will prepare for a second GSP session that will take place on October 21,2020.

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. 

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