Commerce

September 26, 2018 - September 27, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Releases First Draft of Legislative Drafting Guide to Parliament

On September 26, in Manama, CLDP met with the head legal advisors and legal researchers of the Bahrain Parliament to release a draft guide on commercial legislative research. The guide is intended to act as a resource tool for the legal advisors, researchers, and parliament training center staff to promote better institutional understanding and best practices on researching and writing legal memos for Bahrain’s parliament. For the past two years, CLDP has provided technical assistance to the Parliament of Bahrain on a variety of economic and trade-related topics. The guide represents a compilation of those topics, including how to study the economic impact of legislation, trade and value-add tax legislation, and best practices in drafting legislative memos.  The guide also serves as a resource tool and links users with online tools such as the model laws available from the World Trade Organization and UN Commission on International Trade Law. The Parliament of Bahrain greeted the release of the guide with enthusiastic support, with final publication anticipated by December 2018.

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop to Implement Procurement Reforms to Promote SMEs

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Tunisia: Evaluation of the Suspension and Debarment Regime

From September 24-28, CLDP conducted an evaluation of the Tunisian suspension and debarment regime in collaboration with HAICOP, Tunisia’s government procurement body. For the past four years, CLDP has been working with HAICOP to promote transparent and efficient government procurement processes. The evaluation was an opportunity to assess the implementation of the suspension and debarment regime, two years after passage of the exclusion decree. During the week of the evaluation, CLDP met with HAICOP leadership and interviewed members of the commission that rule on exclusion cases, reviewed all current exclusion and declination case files, and presented a preliminary report with key findings and recommendations focused on promoting transparency, efficiency, and fairness in the exclusion process. For example, CLDP recommended that exclusion decisions should include detailed information on the commission’s decision-making process, allowing economic operators to better understand why they are being excluded and respond accordingly. Based on its assessment, CLDP will prepare a final report with recommendations to be shared with HAICOP before the end of the year. CLDP expects to continue to work closely with HAICOP to implement the recommendations as the exclusion commission takes shapes and more capacity building needs are identified.

September 20, 2018 - September 23, 2018

CLDP Leads Trainings on International Sales Contracts for Judges and Attorneys

On September 20-21, CLDP collaborated with the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) to lead a workshop that trains attorneys on handling matters that involve international sales contracts. On September 22-23, CLDP coordinated with the High School of Justice of Georgia (HSOJ) to facilitate a workshop for judges on adjudication of cases involving international sales contracts.  

September 10, 2018 - September 11, 2018

CLDP Leads IP Adjudication Training

From September 10-11, 2018, in coordination with Azerbaijan’s Intellectual Property Agency and Ministry of Justice, CLDP held a two-day workshop on the adjudication of intellectual property infringement cases in Baku, Azerbaijan.

September 10, 2018 - September 12, 2018

CLDP to Hold a Competition Law Workshop on Bid Rigging in Public Procurement

On September 10-12, 2018, CLDP partnered with the Competition Agency of Georgia to conduct a Workshop on Preventing Bid-Rigging in Public Procurement.  The workshop brought together public procurement officials from the State Procurement Agency of Georgia, and other agencies at the national and regional levels, to discuss methods of identifying, investigating and preventing instances of bid rigging in public procurement. 

July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: ADR Workshop and Launch Event and Judicial Exchange

On July 16-19, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and ICLP, conduct two events related to the unveiling of the new CCC-ICLP Alternative Dispute Resolution Center.

July 16, 2018 - July 19, 2018

Sri Lanka: Vis Moot Training July 2018

CLDP held a 4-day Vis Moot training workshop for 6 Sri Lankan universities on July 16-19, 2018.

July 8, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Afghanistan: ITU Telecom Symposium and WTO Food Safety Commitee

From July 8-13, 2018, CLDP sponsored two delegations of Afghan officials to attend the International Telecommunications Union's Global Symposium for Regulators and the WTO Food Safety Committee. 

June 21, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Hosts Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration

On June 21 and 22, in Washington DC, CLDP hosted representatives from the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), a recently created international alternative dispute resolution center affiliated with the Saudi Chambers of Commerce to resolve commercial disputes in Riyadh.  CLDP has worked with SCCA since its inception to ensure that there are alternative dispute resolution options in Riyadh to help resolve international commercial dispute for US and Saudi companies alike.  SCCA provides a reliable option for dispute resolution that is attractive to Saudi litigants who prefer to manage their commercial disputes in Riyadh rather than in other places in the Gulf Cooperation Council.  As a center based on international commercial dispute resolution standards, SCCA also provides an attractive option for U.S. and international companies that would normally try to resolve disputes in New York, Dubai, London, or Paris.  SCCA’s development coincides with significant commercial dispute resolution reform in Saudi Arabia, such as the recent Ministry of Justice decision to honor $3.4 billion in foreign court rulings, demonstrating Saudi’s commitment to upholding high standards for contract enforcement in the Kingdom.