Commerce

November 15, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP and the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration Host Conference

On November 15-16, the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) hosed its inaugural conference on "The Role of Institutional Arbitration in Economic Reforms and Investment Promotion," under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Justice Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, and H.E. Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, with the cooperation of the International Center for Disputes Resolution. The two-day conference offered participants a unique opportunity to review arbitration best practices within several international arbitration institutions, the different alternative disputes resolution (ADR) practices in the region, associated challenges, and the role of other entities in relation to supporting the development of the institutional arbitration industry in the Kingdom and abroad. The conference brought together 46 experts from 14 countries to address more than 600 attendees. CLDP is an integral partner to SCCA, consistently contributing to the strategic development of ADR practice in the Kingdom through joint workshops and conferences. 

November 14, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Sri Lanka: Workshop on Independent Power Producers (IPP) Procurement Strategy

On November 14-15, CLDP hosted a workshop on Independent Power Producers (IPP) Procurement Strategy.

November 13, 2018 - November 14, 2018

Ukraine: Workshop III on the Adjudication of Commercial Disputes

CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Trade Center and in cooperation with the High Council of Justice, the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine held the Workshop on the Adjudication of Commercial Disputes. The workshop took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 13-14, 2018, and gathered Ukrainian judges, government officials, lawyers, as well as representatives of the U.S. judiciary and legal community.

November 12, 2018 - November 18, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Contributes to Global Entrepreneurship Week in the West Bank

On November 12-18, CLDP, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, supported the 6th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), in the West Bank. The GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, driving economic growth and expanding human welfare. GEW is hosted with over 20,000 global partners, across 170 countries, reaching over 10 million people worldwide. In the West Bank, the GEW was hosted by GROWTH Training and Development, a GEW partner, and a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation. GROWTH, in coordination with the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and CLDP, worked with over 70 local partners to host a series of workshops, forums, and conferences throughout the West Bank. CLDP sponsored the travel of renowned world entrepreneurship experts, Ms. Erin Keeley of Hitachi GST and Mr. Ewan Gaffney of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN UK), to provide keynote remarks and presentations throughout the week. GEW West Bank activities attracted over 70,000 innovators and entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders committed to fostering a prosperous innovation ecosystem.

November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports the Ministry of Oil’s First International Exhibit

On November 12-15, 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil exhibited for the first time at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition (ADIPEC). The exhibition came as a result of prior CLDP-sponsored programs and consultations provided to the Ministry on the margins of ADIPEC. Exhibiting at ADIPEC provided U.S. companies and Iraqi officials a prime opportunity to partner on projects and investments that are essential to the development of Iraq’s economy. The Ministry of Oil requested CLDP’s support in exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference to be held in May 2019 in Houston, Texas.

November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports U.S. Companies Working in Southern Iraq’s Oil and Gas Industry

On November 12-15, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP supported U.S. Consul General to the Southern Governorates Timothy Davis in reassuring U.S. oil and gas industry representatives of the U.S. government’s commitment to support the development of economic and legal environment in southern Iraq. Recently, the U.S. Department of State made an unprecedented move to close diplomatic and military operations in southern Iraq, due to rising costs and security concerns. The closure severely impacted U.S.-Iraq relations, specifically southern provincial diplomatic engagement.  U.S. companies were concerned that the lack of U.S. presence in Basrah would hamper their operations and future works. In an effort to ease concerns and provide a new economic and diplomatic strategy for U.S. engagement in southern Iraq, CLDP organized a series of meetings for Consul General Davis on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition, the world’s leading conference on oil and gas. Meetings, organized in coordination with the bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service in the United Arab Emirates, included Exxon, Chevron, Honeywell UOP, Halliburton, Excelerate Energy, Siemens USA, and other notable engineering, procurement, and construction service providers. In addition to the meetings, CLDP and Consul General Davis are coordinating closely to develop creative ways to sustain engagements with local stakeholders (government and private sector) for the coming year to continue to provide the needed support for U.S. companies working and seeking work in Iraq’s southern governorates.

November 8, 2018 - November 13, 2018

Iraq: ITA and CLDP Support Iraq Franchise Market

On November 10-13, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, the Department of Commerce Global Franchise Team, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), sponsored a delegation of Iraqi investors and franchisees to the Global Restaurant Leaders Conference (GRLC) in Dubai. The GRLC is an annual event for franchise market executives of food operators and suppliers, providing an exclusive opportunity to network and connect with key industry leaders. CLDP and ITA jointly provided consultations to Iraqi participants and made presentations during the event, highlighting Iraq’s potential markets. The delegation met with IFA leadership as well as executives of major U.S. brand operators. The meetings and consultations have yielded a heightened interest to expand in Iraq, identification of potential partnerships, and initiated preliminary negotiations for key brands. Meetings included Steak ‘n Shake, Domino’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, Wingstop, Arby’s, Hardee’s, Krispy Kreme, other Yum Brands, and the Al Shaya Group (master franchisees of several U.S. brands for the Middle East). In an effort to sustain further development of the franchise market, the Iraq delegation plans to establish a local franchise association, in coordination and with support from IFA.

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.