Commerce

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

MENA: CLDP Holds Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

On October 30-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), organized a regional workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on the commercialization of technology for the Middle East and North Africa region. The workshop promoted technology-based entrepreneurship and strengthened local capacity by bringing together government officials and technology transfer stakeholders to discuss technology management. More than 60 participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Bahrain attended. Subject-matter experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Technology Transfer, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University focused on practical case studies and management skills such as commercialization metrics, valuation of technology, licensing and assignments, negotiation, and marketing strategies. At the end of the workshop, participants made concrete recommendations that included the development of intellectual property policies for universities and a more advanced train-the-trainer program for experienced technology transfer managers. By strengthening intellectual property rights in the MENA region through technology transfer programs, CLDP helps level the playing field for U.S. companies. CLDP’s ongoing assistance is focused on bolstering innovation and research and development commercialization in all four countries by helping to create a critical mass of in-country specialists equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully commercialize discoveries made by the academic community and act as an effective interface with the business community. 

October 23, 2018 - October 24, 2018

El Salvador: Workshop on Best Practices in Public Consultation

On October 23-24, 2018, CLDP and ITA conducted a two-day workshop on public consultation best practices for approximately 65 representatives of Salvadoran trade ministries responsible for citizen participation in addition to representatives from academia and the private sector.

October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Afghanistan: Extractives Training Workshop

On October 22-27, in New Delhi, India, CLDP, in coordination with the USGS, began the implementation of its two-year training course designed for a select group of 17 officials from the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum who will become a Training Committee for the ministry's other staff members. 

October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Capacity Building

On October 21-25, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and the Board of Grievances (BOG), conducted a judicial capacity building programming in Riyadh. Program content focused on court specialization and case management as tools to increase the efficiency and transparency of both commercial and administrative courts in Saudi Arabia. Experts spoke about the importance of predictable and transparent adjudication mechanisms in attracting investment and facilitating business activity, particularly with respect to commercial, insolvency and procurement related cases.  Participating judges came from the BOG, which resolves procurement and other disputes with the government, and from the newly established commercial courts within the MOJ.  These judicial training programs are part of CLDP's effort, led in coordination with the World Bank, to encourage legal reform in Saudi Arabia in line with the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the country’s economy beyond fossil fuels.  These reforms will also create more opportunities and improve fair legal representation for U.S. companies working with Saudi Arabia. 

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Starts ADR Course for Saudi Women Mediators and Arbitrators

On October 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

October 15, 2018 - October 16, 2018

CLDP Leads Judicial Training on Enforcement of International Sales Contracts

On October 15-16, CLDP, in coordination with the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of Republika Srpska and the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of FBiH, conducted the second two-day workshop on the Enforcement of International Sales Contracts for Bosnian judges.  

October 15, 2018 - October 17, 2018

CLDP Supports Moldovan Delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting in Geneva

CLDP, in collaboration with  the Public Procurement Agency of Moldova, supported the travel of a delegation of an official from the Government of Moldova to attend a meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement (GPA Committee) on October 15-17, 2018, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva.

October 14, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Egypt: CLDP Conducts Trade Assessment

From October 14-18, CLDP, in close coordination with the US Embassy in Cairo, conducted a weeklong assessment of technical assistance needs for trade-related issues in the US-Egypt relationship.  CLDP met with NGOs, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Food Safety Agency, the Egyptian Customs Authority, the Egyptian Competition Authority, the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and private sector stakeholders such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.  CLDP will provide technical assistance linked closely with the recent US-Egypt Trade and Investment Framework Agreement discussions led by USTR. By early 2019, CLDP plans to begin trade programming on risk-based food safety inspections and better systems for customs valuation.

October 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018

CLDP Conducts Vis Moot Training for BiH Law Students

On October 12-14, CLDP, in coordination with the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, held a workshop to prepare law students from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the annual Willem C. Vis Moot (Vis Moot) that will take place in Vienna in April 2019.