CLDP Hosts Consultations for Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Washington D.C.

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017
Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from ASTM

On September 14-19, 2017, CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations. Expert advisors from NIST, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM international, and the Department of Energy led discussions on good regulatory practice, including public-private cooperation in developing voluntary standards and increasing energy efficiency, and U.S. practices for guaranteeing transparency and public participation in developing regulations. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. and international business community assisted the Group in its work developing regional standards for reducing or eliminating lead levels in paint. ITA’s Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia provided the group with an overview of U.S. business’ perspectives on market access and regulatory burdens in the region and of the benefits to trade from regional harmonization. Site visits took the Group to NIST’s Engineering Laboratory as well as to the ENERGY STAR certified Lehigh Cement Company’s Union Bridge Plant in Maryland. Developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia benefits domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

Members of the Working Group with expert advisors from the EPA
Members of the Working Group on a site visit to the Lehigh Cement Company's Union Bridge, MD, plant

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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