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March 10, 2019 - March 11, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Trains Saudi Bankruptcy Commission

On March 11-12, CLDP conducted training in international best practices of bankruptcy for policy-makers and trustees in the newly-established Saudi Bankruptcy Commission (SBC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The acting U.S. Trustee for Region 3 (which includes Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) and the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 4 (which includes Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) presented on the trustee's role and U.S. best practices in bankruptcy. SBC leaders also presented on the role of the trustee in Saudi Arabia's nascent bankruptcy regime. In addition to the role of the trustee, topics included managing the relationship between judges and trustees, restructuring, and liquidation. Points of discussion also included selection and training of trustees and professional responsibility. An effective bankruptcy legal regime in Saudi Arabia will provide protections for U.S. companies operating in the region and increase the security of investments in Saudi Arabia.

March 10, 2019 - March 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts PPP Assessment

On March 10-14, in Riyadh, CLDP met with stakeholders in the new public private partnership (PPP) legal regime in Saudi Arabia. CLDP met with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnerships (NCP), local attorneys representing U.S. companies bidding for PPP projects, and sector-specific government committees for the establishment of PPPs. This year the NCP published a draft privatization and PPP law for Saudi Arabia emphasizing international commercial law principles of PPP for which CLDP provided initial guidance. Once the law is finalized, CLDP has agreed to assist SAGIA and the NCP in the development of PPP regulations. During the assessment, CLDP identified the need for regulatory development and capacity building for fair opportunity and treatment of private sector companies bidding for PPPs in Saudi Arabia. CLDP plans to provide PPP capacity building programs for NCP, SAGIA and other ministry committees regarding the efficient and effective implementation of the new PPP law. With an effective PPP legal regime in Saudi Arabia, U.S. companies will have many large-scale opportunities to provide services to ministries as the country privatizes and partners with the private sector to develop government services that will reach the goals set forth in the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.

March 6, 2019

CLDP Sponsors the 5th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot Arbitrators’ Roundtable

On March 7, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, sponsored the 5th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot Arbitrators’ Roundtable at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. More than 50 arbitrators, primarily from the Middle East region, participated in sessions focused on addressing issues presented in this year’s Vis Moot problem. The program also covered new developments in international arbitration and international trade. This event takes places annually on the margins of the CLDP’s Vis Pre-Moot. It prepares the arbitrators for the pre-moot competition and provides an opportunity for regional arbitrators to come together and network with future lawyers from the Middle East. Promoting alternative means of resolving disputes helps increase efficiency of contract enforcement and promotes commercial activities.

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

MENA Region: CLDP Hosts the 9th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, hosted the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. The competition brought together 17 teams consisting of more than 100 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Colombo from Sri Lanka won the competition and the Royal Institute of Colombo, also from Sri Lanka, took second place. Before the competition, CLDP’s Vis Moot mentors and coaches conducted a three-day training. This five-day program was designed to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (“the Vis Moot”) that takes place annually in April in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.

March 4, 2019 - March 6, 2019

Azerbaijan: CLDP Holds Workshops on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

On March 4-6, 2019, in cooperation with U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the U.S. Embassy in Baku, CLDP organized workshops for officials from the Azerbaijan State Customs Committee and the Food Safety Agency on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures.

February 24, 2019 - February 27, 2019

CLDP Visits IFA Convention

CLDP, in cooperation with the Department's Global Franchise Team (ITA and USEAC) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), participated in the International Franchise Association's Annual Convention on February 24 - 27, 2019 to promote US Franchise expansion into Iraq.  Since 2014, CLDP, alongside ITA, USEAC and IFA, have been working the with US Mission to Iraq to develop a cadre of qualified prospective franchisees, improve the business legal environment, and attract US franchisor interest in Iraq's ripe market.  Franchising provides a proven global model for Iraq to create new jobs, increase investment, and diversify its oil dependent economy.  To date, over 10 mega shopping malls have been built, and a multiple of known brands have begun expansion, including, Hardee's, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Tootie Frutti. CLDP Attorney-Adviser Mais Abousy participated as a speaker at the 2019 International Franchise Association Convention, and met with U.S. franchise companies to provide insight to the commercial and legal franchise environment in Iraq's Southern Governorates.

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February 19, 2019

Uzbekistan: CLDP Hears from Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. on Development Potential in Uzbekistan

On February 19, CLDP participated in a networking luncheon, hosted by the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, to hear from Uzbekistan’s ambassador to the U.S. about Uzbekistan’s commitment to reform and openness. 

December 11, 2018 - December 12, 2018

Guatemala: U.S. Consultations on Trade Facilitation

On December 11-12, 2018, in Washington, DC, CLDP & ITA hosted a Guatemalan delegation from the Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, for a two-day technical exchange on optimizing operations through intergovernmental cooperation and centrally-published information.