Workshops on U.S. Import Standards for GSP-Eligible Products

July 21, 2010 - July 26, 2010
Participants discuss the U.S. GSP Program.
Participants discuss the U.S. GSP Program.

CLDP held workshops and site visits on US Import Standards for GSP-Eligible Agricultural Products in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi, Georgia for 125 government officials, trade association representatives, and private sector agricultural producers. The goal of the program was to increase and diversify Georgia's exports by developing the capacity of Georgian agricultural producers to take advantage of the U.S. GSP program, and to help producers understand U.S. standards and regulatory requirements for agricultural imports. The program included a comprehensive set of materials for participants that included not only information about US departments and agencies involved in food and beverage imports but also specially written information about products of particular importance to potential Georgian exporters. Advisors for the program included a representative from the Department of Agriculture/APHIS, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Commerce/ITA, the Office of the United States Trade Representative/GSP, Customs and Border Protection, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Also speaking to participants was a representative from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Georgian National Investment Agency as well as the Ministry of Agriculture's Office of Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection. The workshops received widespread press coverage in print, radio and television. In a television interview, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili praised the workshops and encouraged Georgian businesses to attend.

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