December 7, 2017 - December 13, 2017

CLDP to Organize Workshops on ADR

CLDP will host two programs on alternative dispute resolution in Tunis, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco from December 7-13, 2017.

November 14, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Bahrain Public Procurement Workshop Phase I

CLDP will conduct a Public Procurement Assessment in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

On October 12-14 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), the University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), and MENA Chambers Bahrain held a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

October 11, 2017 - October 17, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Program for Parliamentary Delegation in Washington

On October 11-17, 2017, CLDP organized a 5-day study tour in Washington, DC for members of Bahrain’s parliament and their legal advisors and professional staff.  OGC General Counsel, Peter Davidson, welcomed the delegation at the Department of Commerce (DOC) headquarters, where they met with offices of the International Trade Administration to discuss the importance of intra agency coordination. The delegation accompanied Peter Krug, DOC's Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, to a hearing at Congress’s House Science Committee.  The delegation also met with US State officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary Lenderking, to discuss the importance of US-Bahrain bilateral relationships. Throughout the program, CLDP Attorney-Advisor Arezo Yazd facilitated meetings for the delegation with Members of Congress and staffers (Senate and House), local legislative bodies in Maryland, as well as a number of bipartisan organization such as the Congressional Research Services and the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

The workshop successfully facilitated the exchange of practice and experience on the legislative drafting process between Bahraini delegates and their American counterparts by focusing on U.S. institution building and resource development available to members of Congress and professional staff.  Lastly, building on past CLDP programs, experts from DC-based think-tanks, incubators and Google discussed commercial legislative reform as a means to help promote small-and-medium-size enterprise (SME) growth and how commercial legislation serves as a tool to economic development and growth. 

As a result of CLDP programming with the Bahrain parliament, the participants are implementing commercial legislation that will promote economic reform and foreign investment in Bahrain. 

September 13, 2017 - September 14, 2017

CLDP Leads Workshop on Value Added Tax for Bahrain Parliament

 On September 13-14, CLDP led a workshop for the Council of Representatives on Value Added Tax (VAT).  Bahrain plans to draft legislation and implement a VAT in 2018 in accordance with the GCC framework agreement on VAT. 

September 11, 2017

CLDP Leads Workshop on Technology Led Economic Development in Bahrain

On September 11, CLDP led a workshop on Technology Led Economic Development in coordination with Tamkeen Enterprises, Bahrain SME Society, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), American Chamber of Commerce, and Bahrain's Economic Development Board.

May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

MENA Regional Program on SME Development and Technology Transfer

From May 10-12, 2017, CLDP held a regional program with participants from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco to share best practices in promoting SME development. 

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts II

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Conference on Effective Business Courts

From April 24-27 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP conducted a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional workshop, co-sponsored by the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, on best practices in improving the competence, efficiency, and transparency of specialized business courts. The event focused on the procedural and substantive elements of contract enforcement, including case management, admissibility of electronic evidence, application of international treaties, and publication of court decisions. The workshop also highlighted the importance of ensuring efficient service of process and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

The program featured Judge Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York, as well as expert-advisors from the UAE and Tunisia. Participants included judges and court administrators from Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia, who shared best practices and solutions for the problems faced by judges in the commercial litigation field. The workshop also included a panel of attorneys who provided the private sector’s perspective and offered practical solutions. At the conclusion of the program, each delegation identified several procedural and substantive reforms that will be proposed to their respective judicial administrators, governments, and/or legislatures. This workshop is part of CLDP’s multiphase contract enforcement program to assist MENA countries in improving efficiency, predictability, and transparency in the adjudication of commercial disputes

March 29, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Organizes High-Level Roundtable on Insolvency Legislation

On March 29, in Manama, CLDP led a Roundtable in close coordination with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the National Assembly, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), AmCham Bahrain, and other key private sector stakeholders to discuss proposed insolvency legislation and its effect on small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bahrain. US Ambassador William Roebuck provided opening remarks and noted CLDP's accomplishments in Bahrain over the past 10 years, including significant improvements to Bahrain's World Bank Doing Business rankings as a direct result of CLDPs work. The Ambassador noted that from 2016-2017, Bahrain improved by 70 positions on the "starting a business" indicator rankings, i.e. business registration laws, a main area of focus for CLDP’s technical assistance.  

Most importantly, the Roundtable offered an interactive forum for stakeholders to discuss key areas of concern as they related to the draft law, including benefits to SMEs in Bahrain, directly with civil service and elected government officials. By the conclusion of the Roundtable, all parties agreed that they were interested in seeing implementation of a new insolvency law reflecting international best practice and provided a list of recommendations to be considered during the drafting process. Furthermore, following the conclusion of the Roundtable, US Embassy Manama and BCCI put out a joint press release in support of the draft law, which was extensively covered by news media.

March 26, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop on Drafting Insolvency Law

On March 26-28, in Manama, CLDP organized a workshop on insolvency and best practices on drafting insolvency laws for the legal advisors and legal researchers of the Council of Representatives (COR), the lower house of Bahrain's National Assembly. CLDP experts led discussions with the participants on the policy considerations and economic growth impact of robust insolvency mechanisms, in particular with respect to small-and medium-sized enterprises. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) presented a draft insolvency law that was developed through direct consultation with CLDP. CLDP experts and MOIC staff discussed with participants the cost-benefit of implementing laws and adjudication processes necessary to enforce insolvency proceedings. The projected timeline for the draft insolvency to be considered by the National Assembly is late 2017, making the workshop particularly timely as the COR legal advisors and researchers will have to provide significant support to Members of the COR over the next several months. This workshop is part of a multi-phase program on legislative drafting and capacity building for the COR legal advisors, focusing on commercial legislation.