Foreign Governments

Since its inception, CLDP has worked with more than 50 foreign governments providing thousands of seminars, workshops and consultative services. Typically, CLDP's involvement begins with a request for technical assistance made by a foreign government to the U.S. Embassy. Once the request is received by CLDP, our teams contact the relevant officials in the host government to accurately assess the particular need and then begin the process of customizing a unique program of assistance to meet the expressed need.

Exporting U.S. Expertise to Developing Nations

In some instances, the technical assistance needed requires consultation on legal reform, i.e., the revision of commercial laws to support WTO or FTA obligations. In other instances, there is a need for practical expertise on implementing those obligations to ensure compliance. At times, the U.S. experts travel to the host country and consult with and/or train the local participants in the host country. Not only does this provide a familiar learning environment for the participants, but it also allows the experts to observe, analyze and give advice based on actual practices in the country.

As just one of many examples, CLDP has coordinated several consultative visits where experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) trained Egyptian officials on food safety standards. During the consultations and seminars, the Egyptian officials learned the essential principles of creating and implementing a successful Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point food safety system.

Showcasing U.S. Talent at Home

On other occasions, CLDP brings delegations from the host country to meet with the selected experts here in the U.S. In these cases, the participants not only learn about U.S. laws and practices, but they also often meet with their U.S. government counterparts and observe their operations firsthand. CLDP brought several officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Industry of Technological Development and the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control along with a Nigerian delegation to Washington, D.C. on a consultative trip. The delegations met with several USG agencies such as DOC, USTR, USDA, the FDA, and private sector standards organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM International, and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation to discuss issues concerning food safety standards. This type of consultative trip provides a great opportunity for other key players in foreign governments to learn about and see the U.S. system in action. Because of this approach, the delegates are often more likely to choose to use the observed U.S. system as a model in creating or revising their own legal framework.

CLDP Serves as Link to Stronger Trade Relationships

Overall, CLDP's assistance has been instrumental in a wide range of legislative and regulatory initiatives in many of its host countries. CLDP has assisted with the creation or strengthening of trade policy agencies in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa; anti-monopoly offices in Northern Africa and Eastern Europe; and intellectual property regulation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Algeria, and Eastern Europe among many other projects. Furthermore, CLDP also has served as a catalyst for regional economic integration in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Africa by facilitating the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements and the creation or strengthening of regional organizations working to promote harmonization of laws, regulatory procedures, and dispute resolution mechanisms. All of these efforts are just a small sampling of the major work that CLDP does to directly respond to the needs expressed by foreign governments. Such specialized and coordinated efforts foster an atmosphere of cooperation and build stronger trade and economic partnerships among our countries.

Upcoming Programs

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on effective interagency coordination to facilitate comprehensive publication of trade-related and centrally-published information. Participants included technical representatives from the Honduran and Guatemalan Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, and Honduran private sector representatives. During the workshop the Honduran participants met with their U.S. counterparts from the Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to learn best practices for coordinating across trade ministries and publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. With support from the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, the participants shared respective efforts to encourage trade through greater transparency and improve publication practices. This workshop was part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.