CLDP Hosts Third Annual "Georgia Against Counterfeiting" Conference

July 20, 2017
Department of Commerce's Anush Avetisyan and James Uthmeier, along with speakers from ICC Georgia, Sakpatenti, and MOESD

On July 20-21, CLDP hosted the Third Annual "Georgia Against Counterfeiting" Conference in Batumi, Georgia. The program was organized in close partnership with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia "Sakpatenti" and was widely attended by over 130 participants, representing Georgia's both private and public sectors, international patent organizations, Georgian small and medium enterprises, and educational organizations.  

The Deputy Minister of Georgia's Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Deputy Commissioner of State IP Office of China, and ICC Georgia presented the recent legal frameworks and legislations adapted by each respective country and spoke of the challenges they face in the areas of IPR enforcement. CLDP and Sakpatenti were also able to identify a wide range of speakers from the governments and public sectors of  Georgia, U.S., U.K., China, Lithuania, France, and Germany, who presented on the recent development in the government’s response to seizing counterfeit goods in their respective organizations and countries.

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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