Iraq

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 12, 2016 - October 14, 2016

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

CLDP, in cooperation with Kuwait International Law School (KILAW) conducted a preparatory training in Kuwait City, Kuwait aimed to prepare Afghan, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March 2017. 

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.

June 14, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Iraq: CLDP Leads Workshop on Franchising

On June 14-18 in New York, CLDP, in cooperation with FCS, conducted a comprehensive franchise program for a 20-member delegation of prospective franchise investors from Georgia and Iraq.  The delegation engaged in interactive sessions lead by franchise experts and met with U.S. franchisors during a two-day workshop.

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March 17, 2016 - March 24, 2016

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 23rd Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On March 17-24, 2016, CLDP sponsored three Middle East law schools: University of Baghdad, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and University of Jordan to participate in the 23rd Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria.

February 28, 2016 - March 3, 2016

Iraq Technology Incubator Managers Training (Phase I)

CLDP has been working with an inter-agency group comprised of Iraq’s ministries that conduct scientific research to help train managers of technology incubators. A key objective of this group is to promote technology-based entrepreneurship, in particular, through the development of technology incubators. As the first phase of a two-phase program, CLDP conducted a five-day workshop in Jordan.

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February 9, 2016 - February 13, 2016

CLDP 6th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 9-13, 2016 in Manama, CLDP hosted the 6th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot, in coordination with Bahrain Center of Disputes and Resolutions (BCDR), the Royal University for Women, Mena Chambers, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE).

January 25, 2016 - January 28, 2016

Iraq: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Preventing and Managing Investment Disputes

On January 25-28, CLDP conducted a workshop for high-level Iraqi officials from the Iraqi State Shura Council, the Council of Ministers Secretariat, the Council of Representatives (Parliament), and heads of legal departments for the Iraqi Ministries of Oil, Trade, Transportation, Justice and Planning.  The workshop featured international experts in investor-state arbitration who have represented both sovereign parties and investors in past arbitrations in addition to providing advice to governments on handling investor disputes.

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