CLDP, in cooperation with the Department of Commerce Research Library, organized the second annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Over 20 children attended the event, which took place on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The young and enthusiastic “employees” started their day with a welcome and swearing-in ceremony led by OGC General Counsel Kelly Welsh.
Since 2004, CLDP has been collaborating with governments in the Arabian Peninsula to support bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and to modernize the commercial legal system in the region.
On February 9-13, 2016 in Manama, CLDP hosted the 6th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot, in coordination with Bahrain Center of Disputes and Resolutions (BCDR), the Royal University for Women, Mena Chambers, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE).
On May 17, CLDP and FCS Kuwait met with Dr. Anas Al-Tourah of the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Centre (KCAC) and representatives of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Kuwait City to discuss future cooperation to improve the legal environment in Kuwait for arbitration. The consultations were organized in coordination with Mr. Faris Al-Obaid of the Kuwait Supreme Council for Planning and Development and Mr. Khalifa Al-Yaqout of the Al-Yaqout Legal Group, which will both play a significant role in the future workshops with the KCAC.
Secretary Pritzker highlighted CLDP’s work in Tunisia in her keynote address at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis on March 6. CLDP’s recent work on franchising, franchise finance, and public procurement were given as examples of Commerce programs “aimed at deepening the partnership between our nations.”
In February 2016, CLDP organized a workshop in London, UK on exploration and production (E&P) contracting for senior officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources (MPNR) and the Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd. (OGDCL).
CLDP staff received the Commerce Gold Medal for multi-phase programs with Iraq’s key judicial and legislative institutions on the importance of international arbitration for attracting investment and trade. CLDP’s joint programming with the Iraqi government ultimately led to Iraq’s intention to join the ICSID convention and its courts adoption of international principles to recognize international arbitration agreements under Iraqi law.
In the context of the President's Power Africa Initiative, “Understanding Power Purchase Agreements” brings together insights from government, financial and private sector experts to identify best practices for structuring and balancing power project contracts.
Legal experts from the US Department of Commerce and US Customs and Border Protection collaborated with 20 senior officials from Sri Lanka Customs in Colombo on reforming customs procedures to enhance trade.
The effort seeks to improve efficiency and transparency for businesses, allowing Sri Lanka to develop more fully its export potential and advance investment opportunities.
“The United States is working at all levels in Sri Lanka – government, private sector, and development groups – to help strengthen the economy for the benefit of all Sri Lankans,” said US Ambassador Atul Keshap. “These reforms will send important signals to the trade community that Sri Lanka is open for business.”
The three-day workshop, provided in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America, will also better position Sri Lanka to meet its commitment under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
The sessions addressed issues key to Sri Lanka realising its export-led development plan, including advance rulings, valuation and classification, and customs appeals. In addition, the US experts held a one-day training for 30 District Court and Magistrate Judges who commonly hear customs appeals.
“Improving the legal environment for doing business in Sri Lanka fosters economic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and US companies alike,” said Megan McMillan, Attorney-Advisor for the US Commerce Department Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP). She added, “These ambitious reforms will strengthen Sri Lanka’s connections to global supply chains while saving Customs resources.”
The workshops are the first in a series the CLDP has proposed conducting in Sri Lanka in partnership with other US government agencies.
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CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and in coordination with Kosovo Customs, held the Second Workshop on Customs Valuation, Classification, and Post Clearance Audit in Pristina, Kosovo on June 15-17, 2016.
CLDP will organize a five-day workshop on negotiating contracts in the E&P sector for officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources (MPNR) and the Oil and Gas...
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CLDP's mission is to improve the legal environment for doing business in developing and transitional countries around the globe and thereby foster greater political stability and economic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and U.S. companies alike.