Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking

April 6, 2021
Introduction to the Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking event
Introduction to the Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking event

On April 6th, 2021, CLDP, with support from USAID, partnered with the Afghanistan Consulate General in Mumbai to hold a virtual Afghan Saffron Business to Business (B2B) matchmaking event for Indian traders. The Afghan Saffron B2B capitalized on increasing demand for high-quality saffron in India by connecting Afghan producers to approximately 50 traders, importers, manufacturers, and wholesalers in the Indian market. The Afghan Consul General to Mumbai, Ms. Zakia Wardak, delivered remarks on promoting Afghan saffron to India, and several other high-level officials delivered comments on the importance of trade between Afghanistan and India. At the conclusion of the remarks, Afghan traders showcased their products virtually. The program’s aim was to increase the Indian market’s awareness of the high quality of Afghan saffron, and increase Afghan traders awareness of the Indian market’s needs and requirements. The Afghan Saffron B2B contributes to CLDP’s larger goals of increasing the commercial viability of Afghan businesses and promoting Afghan exports in international markets.

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