The Middle East & North Africa

December 7, 2016 - December 8, 2016

TunisMed Franchise

As part of its continued cooperation with the Tunis Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Tunisia, CLDP will organized workshops on franchising during the TunisMed Franchise Expo to be held in Tunis from December 7-8, 2016. F

December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016

Bahrain Insolvency Workshop

CLDP will host a workshop focusing on the role of the courts in adjudicating insolvency proceedings and the importance of a restructuring mechanism in domestic legislation that will both revive companies and maximize recovery for lenders. The workshop will be led by a US Bankruptcy Judge and will include legal advisors and judges from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

December 4, 2016 - December 6, 2016

Iraq: Erbil Customs Seminar

CLDP provides technical assistance to the Government of Iraq as it strives to create an environment conducive to increased trade and investment.  In this vein, On December 4-6, 2016, CLDP, in close coordination with the U.S. Consulate in Erbil and the World Bank, will conduct a customs seminar in Erbil, Iraq for 47 participants.

November 13, 2016

Parliament Roundtable for Bahrain Parliament Members and Businesses Community

On November 13, CLDP will organize a roundtable with Members of Bahrain National Assembly, Council of Representatives and members of the Bahrain’s business community. The Roundtable will include experts from the U.S. Senate and will be held in coordination with American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahrain’s Businesswomen’s Society, and other prominent members of the Bahraini business community.  The Roundtable will engage MPs and business community members to discuss key commercial challenges and business interests requiring legislative reform, including business registration and other key areas of commercial legislation that could affect Bahrain’s budding start-up environment.  This roundtable is part of CLDP’s Legislative Drafting Program in Bahrain to build capacity of the National Assembly.

November 10, 2016 - November 14, 2016

Consultations on Start-Up Accelerator Development and Business Registration in the Gulf

On November 10 and November 14, CLDP will hold consultations with Kuwait’s Supreme Council for Planning and Development and Bahrain’s Tamkeen on SME development in Kuwait and Bahrain, respectively, on the creation of accelerator program with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Consultations will include interview panel with candidates for such programs. The accelerator program will be launched at Kuwait’s Gulf Knowledge Transfer expo to be held in Kuwait City on February 22.   

October 20, 2016

Legal Guide to Investing in Power Generation in Iraq

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), along with other key partners, has been developing material to guide potential investors. The present Legal Guide to Investment in Power Generation in Iraq (“Legal Guide”) follows those efforts by focusing on a sector that is in particular demand by the people of Iraq and accordingly can benefit from private sector involvement.  Specifically, Iraq has suffered, in the past decade, from a chronic power shortage, which has not been alleviated from traditional public sector development and operations. Given the significant gap between supply and demand for power, as well as the Iraqi government’s commitment to this sector, investment in power generation offers considerable opportunities for investors willing to assume associated risks.

The Legal Guidebook is available here in both PDF and EPUB format.


October 17, 2016 - October 20, 2016

Regional Court Automation Workshop

CLDP held a three-day judicial training workshop on the creation and implementation of effective court automation systems in Manama, Bahrain from November 17-20. Program participants included judges, court administrators and practitioners hailing from Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. CLDP experts included two U.S. District Court judges, a North Carolina Business Court judge, and a Dubai Courts judge. The program was sponsored by The Ministy of Justice and Islamic Affairs of Bahrain and Supreme Judicial Council, and was graciously hosted by the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute.