FAQ

What is CLDP?

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel. CLDP consists of a dedicated team of attorneys, program specialists and management analysts with fluent language abilities and a wealth of international knowledge and experience.

What is CLDP's mission?

Click here to find out more About CLDP.

What are CLDP’s areas of expertise?

Please read about our Areas of Expertise.

From whom does CLDP receive its funding?

CLDP receives funding via interagency agreements from U.S. Government entities such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

With whom does CLDP partner to implement its programs?

CLDP engages experienced attorneys and economists from the public and private sectors as well as university professors and judges to serve as advisors. All CLDP advisors have substantial expertise in the subject of their assignment. Most private sector advisors offer their services on a pro bono basis.

What languages do CLDP staff speak?

CLDP currently employs staff who are fluent in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, Igbo, Lingala, Nandi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Taiwanese and Vietnamese.

Is CLDP working in my region?

Please click on the map to get country-specific results and an update on current work.

How do I contact CLDP?

Please see Contact Us.

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.