Federal Agencies

CLDP coordinates with many other U.S. federal agencies to improve the climate for business around the world. Agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide funding for CLDP to conduct training programs and consultative visits that impart government-to-government expertise on how to harmonize laws, expand trade, increase governance transparency, integrate regional economies, and achieve compliance with international obligations, among other things.

Providing technical expertise

CLDP supports the work of many U.S. federal agencies by applying specific technical expertise that can be drawn from CLDP staff, other federal agencies, and the private sector to the relevant needs of the host country. For example, CLDP's efforts in the Middle East play a significant role in advancing the U.S. Government's objectives under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI), administered by the State Department.

Increasing Enforcement Capabilities

Also, CLDP coordinates many judicial capacity building training programs in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. This furthers the IPR enforcement capabilities of the impacted countries and increases their compliance with international standards in the field. As a result, it strengthens the enforcement mechanisms of countries in which many U.S. businesses operate or seek to operate. Thus CLDP's work in this area supports the goals of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), which is aimed at shutting down the piracy and illegal trafficking of counterfeited goods on an international level.

Enabling Efficient Partnerships

Moreover, CLDP has worked closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on product standards; coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and their international counterparts; and facilitated numerous government-to-government dialogues and exchange of expertise between other U.S. federal agencies and their foreign counterparts. As a result of being able to directly identify and assess the legal reform and developmental issues that exist in a particular country, CLDP is often able to provide many federal agencies greater access to the critical decision-makers in their areas of concern and thereby create more efficient working partnerships.

If you represent a federal agency, please contact us for more information on how CLDP can work with you to help fulfill your agency's mission and objectives.

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.