CLDP Hosts Donor Coordination Meeting for Afghanistan Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues

November 18, 2020

On November 18th, 2020, CLDP hosted a virtual Donor Coordination Meeting with donor and partner organizations working on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and food safety issues in Afghanistan. The meeting served to gather information from donor and other organizations operating in the SPS space in Afghanistan, including current project goals and objectives, geographic and technical areas of focus, and points of contact. The meeting included representatives from ten organizations, including: the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (DCA), the European Union, the World Bank, the International Trade Center (ITC), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). CLDP now plans to leverage the results of this Donor Coordination Meeting to conduct a gap analysis, thus reducing redundancy and allowing for synergy among the donor and partner community. As a result, CLDP may more efficiently help Afghanistan meet its World Trade Organization SPS Agreement obligations, improve its SPS and food safety legal and regulatory regimes and procedures, and improve Afghan market access for agricultural exports.

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