Federal Agencies

CLDP coordinates with many other U.S. federal agencies to improve the climate for business around the world. Agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide funding for CLDP to conduct training programs and consultative visits that impart government-to-government expertise on how to harmonize laws, expand trade, increase governance transparency, integrate regional economies, and achieve compliance with international obligations, among other things.

Providing technical expertise

CLDP supports the work of many U.S. federal agencies by applying specific technical expertise that can be drawn from CLDP staff, other federal agencies, and the private sector to the relevant needs of the host country. For example, CLDP's efforts in the Middle East play a significant role in advancing the U.S. Government's objectives under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI), administered by the State Department.

Increasing Enforcement Capabilities

Also, CLDP coordinates many judicial capacity building training programs in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. This furthers the IPR enforcement capabilities of the impacted countries and increases their compliance with international standards in the field. As a result, it strengthens the enforcement mechanisms of countries in which many U.S. businesses operate or seek to operate. Thus CLDP's work in this area supports the goals of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), which is aimed at shutting down the piracy and illegal trafficking of counterfeited goods on an international level.

Enabling Efficient Partnerships

Moreover, CLDP has worked closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on product standards; coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and their international counterparts; and facilitated numerous government-to-government dialogues and exchange of expertise between other U.S. federal agencies and their foreign counterparts. As a result of being able to directly identify and assess the legal reform and developmental issues that exist in a particular country, CLDP is often able to provide many federal agencies greater access to the critical decision-makers in their areas of concern and thereby create more efficient working partnerships.

If you represent a federal agency, please contact us for more information on how CLDP can work with you to help fulfill your agency's mission and objectives.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030.