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

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