Afghanistan: Ministry of Agriculture (MAIL) High-Level Seminar

March 30, 2021

On March 30, 2021, CLDP supported USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in facilitating a virtual seminar for senior level Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL) and other Afghan Government (GoA) representatives.  The seminar provided a venue for awareness raising, and fostered dialogue between the MAIL and USG senior officials on Afghanistan’s present and future SPS measures for WTO compliance. The event covered the importance of the SPS agreement, as well as challenges for Afghanistan in the implementation of SPS standards, guidelines and recommendations, as determined by MAIL’s Plant Protection Quarantine Division (PPQD) staff and SWOTs learned in the FY20 Baseline Study. As a result of this seminar USDA FAS and CLDP expect to find increased understanding on behalf of senior GoA officials on the importance of SPS measures, and an increased inter-ministerial commitment to provide coordination, training and support in strengthening the country's SPS system. This seminar contributed to CLDPs objective of supporting Afghanistan’s SPS and food safety legal and regulatory regimes and procedures, thus improving 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