Who We Serve

Both the United States and foreign countries benefit from CLDP’s technical assistance which helps create legal reforms that promote international trade.

The United States benefits in three main ways:

1. U.S. Businesses: U.S. firms exporting or investing overseas often encounter trade barriers that CLDP’s programs can help lower or remove. In critical areas affecting the competitiveness of U.S. firms overseas, such as the enforcement of intellectual property rights, CLDP’s programs help level the playing field.

For more information, click on: ​U.S. Businesses

2. U.S. Embassies & Federal Agencies: CLDP coordinates with several U.S. federal agencies, primarily the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the funding and implementation of programs. U.S. embassies and federal agencies have found CLDP programs to be effective levers of economic diplomacy, trade diplomacy, and energy diplomacy.

For more information, click on: Federal Agencies

3. U.S. National Security: U.S. national security is enhanced by CLDP’s contribution to economic development in fragile countries of strategic importance, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

CLDP programs also benefit foreign countries:

  • International Trade and Investment: Trade and foreign investment is enhanced as a result of legislative, regulatory, and judicial reforms.
  • Job Creation: Legal reforms can spur the development of the private sector through entrepreneurship, resulting in job creation.
  • Regional Integration: The expansion of trade can increase regional integration, which can contribute to a decrease in regional conflicts.

For more information, click on: Countries & Regions

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.