CLDP Begins Program with Palestinian Authority

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017
CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Minister of National Economy H.E. Abeer Odeh
CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Minister of National Economy H.E. Abeer Odeh

CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy travelled to Jerusalem and Ramallah on April 24-27 to begin implementation of CLDP’s new program with the Palestinian Authority. The initial areas identified under the interagency agreement with the State Department call for work on competition and intellectual property. CLDP also expects to sign another agreement soon that will cover franchising. With excellent support from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem, CLDP met with senior government officials and private sector leaders to begin designing programs that will improve economic conditions and support a better business environment in the West Bank. Minister of National Economy Odeh and Attorney General Barak both showed enthusiasm about working with CLDP, and said they would welcome CLDP experts to build capacity, help refine legislative drafts and enhance the regulations to implement various laws.

CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Attorney General Dr. Ahmad Barak

Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 10, 2018 - March 17, 2018

On March 10-15, CLDP hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, headed the Afghan delegation in the U.S.  CLDP facilitated meetings for the Afghan delegation with U.S. Government agencies and the private sector.  During the meetings, MoMP’s representatives provided a comprehensive update on the current state of the Afghan extractive sector, while reinforcing the commitment of the Afghan government to reforms required to transition the extractive sector to a competitive and efficient market.  The MoMP’s representatives also provided an overview of potential mining projects and sought the private sector’s input on how to make the Afghan extractive industry more attractive to foreign private investment, as well as explained the ministry’s commitment to capacity building. In response, CLDP formally launched a 15 months-long extractive training course, designed for key technical and legal employees within the ministry.  

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

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