Moldova: Virtual Workshop on Good Regulatory Practice and Transparency in the Development of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

December 8, 2020 - December 9, 2020

On December 8 and 9, CLDP will hosted a virtual workshop for officials from a variety of Moldova’s ministries involved in the creation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulations. Moldova is interested in increasing transparency in the development of SPS measures, particularly so that interested parties such as Moldovan farmers and agrobusinesses can provide input as Moldova develops those SPS rules and regulations. The workshop will focused on Moldova’s request for assistance in increasing its notification of SPS measures to the World Trade Organization. CLDP along with experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs discussed the U.S. approach to transparent and evidence-based rulemaking. Participants also heard from representatives from Moldova’s Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development, National Food Safety Agency, and Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure regarding existing transparency procedures. The workshop provided an initial opportunity to develop recommendations for increasing transparency and stakeholder input in Moldova’s SPS rulemaking process.

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