Bahrain

December 3, 2018 - December 4, 2018

Insolvency Trustee Workshop

December 3, 2018 - December 4, 2018
October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Building

On October 30 – November 1, CLDP will organize a North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Building in Tunis, Tunisia. 

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Building

On October 30 – November 1, CLDP will organize a North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Building Tunis, Tunisia.  

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Insolvency Conference

On September 27-28, in Casablanca, Morocco, CLDP organized a regional conference on insolvency for 75 participants from the MENA region. In recent years, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have passed new insolvency laws that are in line with international best practices, and Kuwait is in the process of drafting a similar law. These laws allow for civil protection from creditors and for the restructuring of companies in financial peril, but success in transforming the insolvency practices in these countries will depend upon proper implementation of the new laws. For that reason, CLDP organized a regional conference for judges, lawyers, trustees, and other stakeholders from each of these 5 countries to come together to hear best practices and practical examples from the U.S. and to share experiences. CLDP expert advisors, including two U.S. federal bankruptcy judges and an insolvency expert from the UN Commission on International Trade Law spoke about the role of the judiciary in restructuring cases, cross-border insolvencies, methods of valuation, and the role of alternative dispute resolution in restructuring cases, all key considerations in the successful implementation of an effective insolvency system. This regional workshop complements CLDP’s bilateral insolvency assistance in the region, which aims to prepare the judiciaries in these countries to preside over insolvency proceedings. The new laws and their effective implementation will help these countries attract foreign investment, including U.S. investors who seek fair and predictable mechanisms for credit recovery.

September 26, 2018 - September 27, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Judicial Training on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From September 26-27, in Manama, CLDP, in coordination with the Supreme Judicial Council of Bahrain, conducted a judicial training on the development of a bankruptcy system in Bahrain for 16 local judges. Bahrain recently adopted a new bankruptcy law in accordance with international best practices, which allows for restructuring proceedings. CLDP experts included the Hon. Michael Williamson, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida, who focused on reorganization case studies, while also sharing practical experience on bankruptcy case management in the U.S. system. Participants learned about the process by which bankruptcy cases are adjudicated in the U.S. Topics included how a transparent and predictable bankruptcy system can help attract foreign investment, the role of court automation and case management technology in ensuring efficient and transparent adjudication of disputes, and valuation methods and the enforcement of cross border bankruptcy judgments, which is becoming increasingly important with the global nature of commercial lending. CLDP will be actively promoting the new bankruptcy law in Bahrain to help train a new cadre of bankruptcy trustees as well as to train the judges that will preside over insolvency proceedings, alongside the government stakeholders that will regulate the bankruptcy system. 

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.

April 30, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Roundtable on New Draft SME Law

On April 30, CLDP led a roundtable and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), AmCham Bahrain and several government contracting agencies to discuss the government’s draft procurement amendments to promote set-aside programs for small-and medium size enterprises (SME).