Iraq

May 2, 2017 - May 4, 2017

CLDP to assist the Government of Iraq with Accession to the TIR Convention

The Government of Iraq (GoI) Council of Ministers Secretariat has advised the Iraqi Parliament to ratify the Convention on the International Transport of Good under Cover of TIR Carnets (the TIR Convention).  The TIR Convention, as described by the UNECE, “facilitates the movement of goods across as many borders as necessary with limited intervention by Customs authorities at intermediate borders. To this end, operators use a commonly accepted Customs transit document – the TIR Carnet – which also serves as a guarantee for the Customs duties and taxes.”  The United States is a party to the Convention, and has recently promulgated regulations to implement it.  If the GoI is to accede, the Convention will open up new opportunities in regional trade as well as U.S.-Iraq bilateral trade through international, intermodal transport routes. 

On May 2-4, in cooperation with the International Road Union (IRU)--the organization that administers the operation of the Convention—and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, CLDP will hold a National Conference in Erbil, Iraq, for public and private sector stakeholders.  The conference will assist the GoI in raising awareness as to the benefits of Iraq’s accession to the TIR Convention, and developing a National Action Plan for implementation of the Convention. 

April 30, 2017 - May 5, 2017

Iraq OTC Consultations

CLDP has a mandate to provide technical assistance to foster US-Iraq commercial ties, in that vein, CLDP in collaboration with the City of Houston and the US Department of State, will conduct a 6-day program, on April 30 - May 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas, for 10 government officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil who will attend the “Offshore Technology Conference”, in Houston, May 1-4, 2017.

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April 6, 2017 - April 13, 2017

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 24th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On April 6-13,2017, CLDP sponsored three Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law of Iraq, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and University of Jordan to participate in the 24th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

February 9, 2017

3rd Annual Arbitrator Roundtable

On February 9, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center co-hosted the third annual regional arbitration roundtable. The program included more than 60 arbitrators from around the MENA region and focused on the review and legal analysis of the Vis-Moot simulated case study as well as the role of arbitrators, particularly in addressing substantive and procedural issues. Participants went on to arbitrate in one or more Vis Pre-Moot competition round. 

February 7, 2017 - February 11, 2017

7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 7-11 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in coordination with the Kuwait International Law School (KILAW), UNCITRAL, International Court of Arbitration (ICC), MENA Chambers, the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), CLDP hosted the 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot was a 5-day regional event that brought together 15 teams from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to compete. The program developed the oral advocacy skills of the law students and allowed them to practice their argumentation in front of over 60 international and regional arbitrators and practitioners.

January 24, 2017 - January 26, 2017

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop to Support Specialized Business Courts

On January 24-26, CLDP conducted a workshop in Kuwait, in coordination with the Supreme Council on Planning and Development, on best practices in making specialized business courts more competent, efficient and transparent. The workshop focused primarily on the procedural elements that are needed for a successful business court including the development of local procedural rules, mechanisms to fast track cases and obtain injunctive relief, clear and efficient jurisdictional boundaries, and judicial education programs to prepare judges for complex domestic and cross-border disputes.

December 4, 2016 - December 6, 2016

Iraq: Erbil Customs Seminar

Details coming soon.

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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 5, 2016 - October 11, 2016

CLDP Builds Capacity at the Ministry of Trade's Trade Policy Office (Phase III:US Consultations)

On October 5-11, 2016, representatives from the Trade Policy Office (TPO) of Iraq's Ministry of Trade visited Washington, D.C. for consultations on trade policy analysis and trade facilitation.  The visit constituted the third stage of a cooperation program designed and led by CLDP,  conducted with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. 

As Iraq is opening its economy and wants to enter into trade agreements, the purpose of the program is to build capacity at Iraq's Trade Policy Office (TPO). 

In Washington, D. C., the TPO delegates met with experts from different Commerce bureaus (International Trade Administration, Census bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis) as well as with experts from the Office of the US Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission, US Customs Border Protection, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During these meetings, the focus was on  trade policy theory and analysis, on data collection, as well as on methods to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade and to facilitate trade through customs reforms.

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have a better understanding of liberalized economic trade theory and of the connection between trade and investment, regional integration, and economic diversification.  

They also acquired access to new web-based tools and international databases, and will be adopting new trade policy analysis methods.  

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have committed to streamlining legalization processes for certificates of origin required by Iraq, a persistent trade barrier, and to identifying, categorizing, and reporting all of Iraq’s non-tariff measures to the ITC.