FAQ

What is CLDP?

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel. CLDP consists of a dedicated team of attorneys, program specialists and management analysts with fluent language abilities and a wealth of international knowledge and experience.

What is CLDP's mission?

Click here to find out more About CLDP.

What are CLDP’s areas of expertise?

Please read about our Areas of Expertise.

From whom does CLDP receive its funding?

CLDP receives funding via interagency agreements from U.S. Government entities such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

With whom does CLDP partner to implement its programs?

CLDP engages experienced attorneys and economists from the public and private sectors as well as university professors and judges to serve as advisors. All CLDP advisors have substantial expertise in the subject of their assignment. Most private sector advisors offer their services on a pro bono basis.

What languages do CLDP staff speak?

CLDP currently employs staff who are fluent in English, Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian (BSC), Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Javanese, Lingala, Mandarin, Nandi, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Taiwanese and Vietnamese.

Is CLDP working in my region?

Please click on the map to get country-specific results and an update on current work.

How do I contact CLDP?

Please see Contact Us.

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.