CLDP Draws upon Interagency Relationships to Assist Uzbekistan in Implementing its New Agricultural Strategy

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. The discussion revealed that Uzbekistan’s implementation of the Strategy would benefit from developing contacts with officials from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, where CLDP has conducted past meetings of its Central Asia Regional Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures. Calling upon experts in Georgia who assisted with those meetings, and eventually working together with colleagues from ORUE, the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and USAID, CLDP was able to compile, recently provided contact information and pertinent materials regarding Georgia’s relevant experience in privatizing aspects of its formerly state-run veterinary service to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States and Ministry of Agriculture officials in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan’s agricultural sector, which accounts for 30% of its GDP and employs 27% of its workforce, will benefit from forward-looking and balanced adjustments away from government control to market-based approaches in all spheres of agriculture. CLDP will continue to complement ORUE’s work in Uzbekistan by maximizing opportunities to provide assistance to the Government of Uzbekistan as it implements the new Agriculture Strategy.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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