The Middle East & North Africa

June 16, 2014 - June 21, 2014

US Consultations on Franchising for Iraq

CLDP is organizing US Consultations on Franchising in New York from June 16-21, 2014, to assist prospective Iraqi franchisees and representatives from the Iraqi Ministry of Trade, to develop the skills necessary to negotiate franchise agreements as well as improve the business environment conducive to attracting more franchises to Iraq.

May 19, 2014 - May 23, 2014

GCC Commercial Law Drafting Program

On May 19-23 2014, CLDP in coordination with the University of Washington School of Law Sustainable Legal Development Faculty, will be conducting a Commercial Law Drafting Program for a group of lawyers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Seattle, Washington. The program will focus on commercial law topics such as insolvency, company, arbitration, competition/consumer protection, lending, and secured transactions.

May 18, 2014 - May 22, 2014

Workshop for Iraqi Officials on Drafting Arbitration Clauses

CLDP, in cooperation with the Iraqi State Shura Council, will conduct a five-day workshop for Iraqi officials on drafting binding and effective arbitration clauses in contracts. The workshop will be attended by legal advisors from several Iraqi ministries who are tasked with drafting and negotiating contracts with foreign companies for goods and services in addition to the transfer of technology and the construction of infrastructure projects. The workshop, which will take place in Istanbul, will feature presentations by international experts with practical experience in drafting arbitration clauses and serving as counsel and arbitrators in international arbitrations.

May 11, 2014 - May 16, 2014

Department of Commerce's Deputy General Counsel to Visit the Gulf

Deputy General Counsel (DGC) Justin Antonipillai will lead a mission to the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait in May to support CLDP’s technical assistance to those countries.

March 24, 2014 - March 27, 2014

Commercial Legal Drafting Workshop for Iraqi Provincial Investment Commissions

CLDP in cooperation with the Iraq National Investment Commission (NIC) held the third phase of the capacity building program aimed at improving the legal drafting acumen, negotiation skills, and finance knowledge of Iraqi Provincial Investment Commissions (PICs). The four-day workshop was held in Istanbul, Turkey and attended by approximately 20 lawyers representing the legal departments of Iraqi PICs, representatives of the legal directorates from the NIC, Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Council of Ministers Secretariat (COMSEC). 

The workshop included presentations on material terms in project finance contracts, negotiation exercises, contract-drafting discussions, and case studies on the legal aspects of financing and arbitration. The workshop also featured presentations by the IFC, bankers, investors, and developers based in Istanbul and doing business in Iraq in order to provide more ‘real-world’ investment and legal financing perspectives to the Iraqi participants.


March 21, 2014 - March 24, 2014

CLDP Leads Tunisian Franchising Program and Franchise Expo Visit

CLDP hosted a delegation of 15 Tunisian franchising stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and private sector executives in Paris, France from March 21-24, 2014.

March 20, 2014

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Second Bahraini Parliamentarian Consultations on the Role of Modernized Commercial Laws in Promoting Economic Growth

On March 20 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) conducted the second Consultation Session for Bahraini Parliamentarians and Shura Council officials, as well as members of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and representatives of the private sector.

March 17, 2014 - March 20, 2014

Developing Franchise Opportunities in Iraq

CLDP, in partnership with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, and hosted by the Iraqi National Investment Commission (NIC), held a franchise trade mission, the first of its kind in recent years to Iraq.

March 17, 2014 - March 21, 2014

CLDP Works in Cooperation with the WTO to Reinvigorate Iraq’s Accession Process

March 17-21, 2014, CLDP worked in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (Accessions Division ; Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation) to hold an intensive workshop for the Iraq WTO Accession Task Force. The focus of the workshop, held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was on WTO basic principles and accession processes

March 17, 2014 - March 19, 2014

UAE: CLDP holds Roundtable for Moroccan, Bahraini, and Yemeni Officials on Insolvency Reform

On March 17, CLDP held a one-day workshop in Dubai for delegations from Yemen, Morocco, and Bahrain made up of judges, government officials, private sector representatives, and legal advisors on the implementation of insolvency legislation using international best practices.