Since 2006, CLDP, in coordination with the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh, along with other international resource partners, have worked to increase the capacity of litigation lawyers and arbitrators in the Middle East, through participation in the International Commercial Arbitration Moot, called the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
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.
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.”
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.
CLDP began implementation of its joint-commercial law training with Singapore for ASEAN participants. The Third Country Training Program falls under the auspices of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of State and Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CLDP's first course focused on trade facilitation.
On April 20-29, CLDP sponsored a delegation of 11 Afghan officials to consult with Colombian and Chilean government and private sector mining stakeholders on attracting foreign investment to the Afghan mining industry. The delegation which included the Legal Director and Chief of Staff, met a number of international mining experts and learned first-hand how South American countries have developed their mining industries for economic growth.
CLDP in Action
CLDP helped organize a third Meeting of the Afghanistan-Central Asia Working Group on Standards in Washington, D.C. on November 12-13, 2015 and November 16-17, 2015. The program focused on energy efficiency and included presentations on the national priorities of each respective country, a discussion with U.S. companies and Standards Developers interested in investment within the region, and site visits to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Energy.
CLDP will conduct its third joint Third Country Training Program (TCTP) course with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) on Investment,...
As part of its continued cooperation with the Tunis Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Tunisia, CLDP will sponsor expert-advisors to participate in the TunisMed Franchise Expo...
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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.