Afghanistan: Introductory Meeting with DG Ahmady of Afghanistan Customs Department

March 17, 2021

On March 17, CLDP hosted an introductory meeting with the recently appointed Director General (DG) of Afghanistan’s Customs Department and her main advisors. During the meeting, CLDP provided an overview of its work in Afghanistan, shared upcoming and ongoing programs that relate to the Customs Department, and discussed areas in need of technical assistance. These include Afghanistan’s customs valuation procedures and newly established electronic valuation system, the implementation of the International Road Transports (TIR/eTIR) systems, a potential transport and transit agreement with Uzbekistan, the importance of submitting integrated database notifications to the World Trade Organization, and the need for a point of contact within customs to serve as the liaison between the department and the various ministries. CLDP will coordinate closely with the DG and her team on these issues to ensure their success in establishing fair and reliable customs practices in the country. 

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