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

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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