Commerce

May 16, 2017 - May 17, 2017

CLDP Leads Workshop on Customs Procedures for Handicraft Exports

CLDP co-hosted a Workshop on Customs Procedures for Facilitating the Export of Handicrafts in Rabat, Morocco from May 16-17, 2017 in coordination with Morocco's Maison de l'Artisan and Ministry for Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts, and Social Economy. 

May 14, 2017 - May 16, 2017

CLDP Conducts Arbitration Clause Drafting Seminar in Kuwait

On May 16, 2017, CLDP conducted a one-day seminar at the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC) in Kuwait City on best practices in contract drafting, focusing on arbitration clauses. Enlisting the expertise of international business transactions contracting experts, CLDP and KCAC conducted a seminar on methods to limit transaction confusion and increase certainty in contract dispute resolution, which has been long sought after by US and Kuwaiti business alike. Participants in the May 16 program were representative stakeholders from government, the private sector, and legal community professionals interested in enhancing their legal drafting skills, including determining the correct terms in English and Arabic to increase requisite clarity and certainty as well as expedite the resolution of commercial conflicts quickly when they arise. This program will increase the quality and understanding of contracts clauses before business is conducted in the Arabian Peninsula, ensuring greater reliability of contract compliance and enforcement.

May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

MENA Regional Program on SME Development and Technology Transfer

From May 10-12, 2017, CLDP held a regional program with participants from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco to share best practices in promoting SME development. 

April 30, 2017 - May 5, 2017

Iraq OTC Consultations

Details coming soon.

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April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

CLDP Sponsors Moroccan Delegation at Tunis Handicraft Expo

CLDP sponsored a three-member Moroccan delegation to attend the Tunis Handicraft Expo from April 28-30, 2017 in Tunis, Tunisia.

April 25, 2017 - April 26, 2017

Pakistan: Marginal Gas Workshop

Details coming soon.

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017

CLDP Begins Program with Palestinian Authority

CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy travelled to Jerusalem and Ramallah on April 24-27 to begin implementation of CLDP’s new program with the Palestinian Authority. The initial areas identified under the interagency agreement with the State Department call for work on competition and intellectual property. CLDP also expects to sign another agreement soon that will cover franchising. With excellent support from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem, CLDP met with senior government officials and private sector leaders to begin designing programs that will improve economic conditions and support a better business environment in the West Bank. Minister of National Economy Odeh and Attorney General Barak both showed enthusiasm about working with CLDP, and said they would welcome CLDP experts to build capacity, help refine legislative drafts and enhance the regulations to implement various laws. In the first week of May, CLDP will join a Commerce briefing for Ambassador Friedman to tell him about last week’s assessment trip, the planned activities and other possible areas for cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts II

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Conference on Effective Business Courts

From April 24-27 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP conducted a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional workshop, co-sponsored by the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, on best practices in improving the competence, efficiency, and transparency of specialized business courts. The event focused on the procedural and substantive elements of contract enforcement, including case management, admissibility of electronic evidence, application of international treaties, and publication of court decisions. The workshop also highlighted the importance of ensuring efficient service of process and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

The program featured Judge Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York, as well as expert-advisors from the UAE and Tunisia. Participants included judges and court administrators from Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia, who shared best practices and solutions for the problems faced by judges in the commercial litigation field. The workshop also included a panel of attorneys who provided the private sector’s perspective and offered practical solutions. At the conclusion of the program, each delegation identified several procedural and substantive reforms that will be proposed to their respective judicial administrators, governments, and/or legislatures. This workshop is part of CLDP’s multiphase contract enforcement program to assist MENA countries in improving efficiency, predictability, and transparency in the adjudication of commercial disputes