Commerce

August 8, 2017

West Bank: CLDP conducts Franchise Assessment for U.S. Companies

CLDP, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) and International Trade Administration, conducted a series of consultations with current franchise owners, operators, and managers, for the purposes of assessing the legal and commercial franchise environment. In the past several years, the West Bank has focused on supporting prospective Palestinian investors to bring U.S. franchises. Through their efforts, the West Bank has seen a flood of U.S. franchises developing, such as KFC, Hardees, Dominos, and Popeye’s. Such franchises have positively impacted the social and economic welfare of the West Bank, bringing jobs and improved skills to workers as well as quality products and services to consumers.  As consumer demand for U.S. franchises continues to rise, CLDP, in cooperation with FCS, will be working to expand U.S. Franchises to the West Bank. The consultations provided essential insight on the current challenges that franchisors face during operations, specifically on the supply-chain side.  However, despite the obstacles, current Palestinian Franchisees have found creative ways to meet their development plan requirements and have proven that they are reliant entrepreneurs that are hungry to invest in more US franchises. Given that each U.S. franchise operating in the West Bank can provide anywhere from 100 – 3500 jobs, Palestinians are eager to foster consumer demand of U.S. franchises.

August 7, 2017

West Bank: CLDP supports the drafting of a Competition Law

On August 7, CLDP, met with the Palestinian Competition Law Steering Committee to discuss the current draft competition law and identify key areas of technical support that is needed. The Palestinian Authority, through the leadership of the Ministry of National Economy, has spearheaded economic legal reforms that aim to improve the West Bank’s Doing Business ranking. In the past few years, the West Bank, through Presidential Decree, has passed various laws and regulations, included a secured transaction law. The Ministry, through Presidential support, aims to pass a new competition law in order to spur the local economy, develop much needed enterprises, and increase foreign investment. The US General Consulate in Jerusalem requested CLDP to provide direct support to the Ministry and the Steering Committee, so that the draft law can be passed. The meeting was led by the Director General for Competition, alongside members of the Steering Committee, which consists of key stakeholders and representative from the public and private sector. The consultations led to a consensus between the Committee and the Ministry on the goals, objectives, and legal framework of the competition law. The Ministry agreed to send the final draft of the competition law and has requested CLDP to review the draft. In the coming weeks, CLDP will be working with a committee of U.S. and international experts to provide commentary and recommendations on the draft to the Ministry and the Steering Committee.

August 7, 2017 - September 29, 2017

Pakistan: FTC Fellowship Program Part 2

CLDP will sponsor one fellowship recipient from the Competition Commission of Pakistan staff to spend two months working as an integral member of the Bureau of Consumer Protection team at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from August 7 – September 29, 2017.

July 26, 2017 - July 27, 2017

CLDP Organizes Power Africa Regional Contract Negotiation Workshop

On July 26 and 27, CLDP led a regional capacity-building workshop for francophone West African countries on Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Negotiation and Power Project Tenders in Cotonou, Benin.

July 25, 2017 - July 26, 2017

Nepal Workshop on Power Procurement

On July 25-26, CLDP held a workshop in Kathmandu for officials from the Ministry of Energy, Nepal Investment Board, Office of the Millennium Challenge, Nepal Electricity Authority and the Ministry of Finance and other energy-related agencies on Power Procurement. The workshop is part of the Department of State's Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor Initiative aimed at increasing cross-border investment in energy and power trading in South Asia.

July 24, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Pakistan: Reforming Gas Pricing to Increase Power Generation

On July 24-27, 2017, CLDP organized a four-day workshop on reforming gas pricing to increase power generation for officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and the Oil and Gas Development Company, Ltd. 

July 24, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Sri Lanka Origin Determinations and Advance Rulings Program

CLDP provides technical assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka as it strives to create an environment conducive to increased trade and investment.  

July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017

Preparing and Carrying Out Competitive, Transparent Offshore Tenders in Argentina

The­­ U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) hosted a 2-day workshop on July 18 and 19 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to provide guidance to the Argentinian Ministry of Mines and Energy with the offshore leasing process.

July 18, 2017 - July 25, 2017

Myanmar LNG Import Legislative Drafting

On July 18-25, 2017, CLDP will held a week-long workshop in Washington, DC for officials from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) tasked with drafting the LNG (liquefied natural gas) import regulations. CLDP together with experts from other US Government agencies, academia and private sector advised the Burmese officials on LNG import regulations.

July 11, 2017 - July 12, 2017

CLDP Sponsors Launch of Counterfeit-Combating Project in Mali

From July 11-12, CLDP co-led a workshop on combatting counterfeiting in Mali using technology to verify the authenticity of products, in coordination with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Sproxil.