Robert Keith

International Program Specialist

Robert Keith is an International Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP).  Mr. Keith focuses primarily on programs in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Keith was a Persian Linguist and Researcher for a multi-billion dollar organization and served as the English-language representative on the Persian Team.  Before working as a linguist, he was a Boren Fellow in the Persian Language Flagship Program at the University of Maryland where he earned a Master of Professional Studies in Persian Language that included a year studying abroad in Ankara, Turkey.  Prior to his language studies, he worked for six years as an Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Producer Price Index Division where he received two Eminent Achievement Awards.  He also worked as a Branch Manager for Chevy Chase Bank and interned on Capitol Hill.  Mr. Keith also has an MA in Applied Economics and a BA in Public Relations from the University of Alabama.

Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting on October 16-20, 2017, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials. They attended the GPA Committee meeting and participated in bilateral negotiations with the U.S. and other delegations.

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

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