CLDP Leads Course on Technology Transfer, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

April 3, 2017 - April 8, 2017

CLDP and the Division for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (CRIA) of the University of Algarve organized a Program on Developing Entrepreneurship and Supporting Innovation Ecosystems in Algeria and Morocco in Faro, Portugal from April 3-8, 2017. Program participants included 20 technology transfer and innovation stakeholders from universities, research centers, and other institutions from Algeria and Morocco, and led by experts from the Center for Technology Tranfer and Entreprise Creation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and from Spain and throughout Portgual.

The course aimed to provide practical tools, resources, and connections for business-development models for universities and research centers as they build innovation ecosystems that support market commercialization of university-generated research. This technology transfer process, in turn, contributes to the creation of new companies, jobs, and international partnerships. 

The program is co-funded by CRIA and the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Upcoming Programs

June 17, 2019 - June 20, 2019

On June 17-20, 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP will partner with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Georgia Revenue Service (GRS) to deliver a customs and trade facilitation workshop with the Afghanistan Customs Department.  The workshop will continue CLDP’s support of Afghanistan Customs’ modernization initiatives, which have helped increase the transparency and predictability of Customs operations in Afghanistan—a key component of fostering a better business environment in Afghanistan for trade and investment.

The June 2019 workshop will build on previous CLDP and WCO-facilitated Customs exchanges between Afghanistan and Georgia; and the program will focus on Afghanistan’s continued implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA), as well as Afghanistan’s overlapping efforts to accede to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) for the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures.  In addition to transparency and Customs integrity topics, program participants will work during the 4-day exchange to identify regulatory frameworks for risk-based customs targeting, audit, and trusted trades programs. 

For information about CLDP and the WCO’s previous Customs exchanges between the Afghanistan Customs Department and the Georgia Revenue Service, please see “Afghanistan: CLDP Conducts Customs Project Management Training with the Afghanistan Customs Department, Georgia Revenue Service, and WCO.”

CLDP in Action

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia. 

Read More about Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures