Morocco

June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

MENA: Regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

On June 25-27, 2019, CLDP organized a regional conference on mediation in Tunis, Tunisia, bringing together more than 110 participants from the justice sectors of Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria. The conference focused on the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes with sessions facilitated by subject-matter experts from the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services, and current and former U.S. judges. Topics included the role of courts in encouraging mediation, the legal framework supporting mediation, enforcement of mediated settlements, mediation rules and practices, and standards for the conduct of mediators. Additionally, each delegation presented on recent developments in mediation in their countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are considering adopting new mediation statutes. CLDP hopes that this program will lead to increased recourse to mediation as a tool to resolve contractual disputes and ultimately contribute to a more attractive legal environment for cross-border business in the region.

June 17, 2019 - June 18, 2019

Morocco: Workshop on Developing an Effective Bankruptcy Ecosystem

On June 17-18, 2019, CLDP will conduct a workshop in Marrakech, Morocco on the implementation of Morocco’s new bankruptcy law, which was passed last year. Prior to the passing of the new law, bankruptcy had presented a significant legal risk for U.S. companies and investors doing business in Morocco as the prior legal framework lacked sufficient protections and predictability. The workshop will include judges, trustees, lawyers and public prosecutors from across the country who each play a vital role in the success of Morocco’s new bankruptcy procedures. CLDP has been working in Morocco for the last several years to incorporate U.S. and international best practices into the new Moroccan bankruptcy law and to train government and private sector stakeholders on the new procedures that will help protect creditor rights. Next week’s workshop faculty will include a U.S. federal bankruptcy judge from Puerto Rico and a bankruptcy partner from Mayer Brown Houston, in addition to several Moroccan experts.

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April 23, 2019 - April 25, 2019

Morocco: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

From April 23-25, 2019, CLDP organized a workshop on technology transfer and intellectual property in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for over 30 government officials, academics, and researchers in Fès, Morocco. By strengthening the capacity of technology transfer stakeholders to manage intellectual property rights, CLDP is helping achieve U.S. foreign policy goals to promote a more conducive business and investment environment in Morocco.

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

MENA: CLDP Holds Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

On October 30-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), organized a regional workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on the commercialization of technology for the Middle East and North Africa region. The workshop promoted technology-based entrepreneurship and strengthened local capacity by bringing together government officials and technology transfer stakeholders to discuss technology management. More than 60 participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Bahrain attended. Subject-matter experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Technology Transfer, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University focused on practical case studies and management skills such as commercialization metrics, valuation of technology, licensing and assignments, negotiation, and marketing strategies. At the end of the workshop, participants made concrete recommendations that included the development of intellectual property policies for universities and a more advanced train-the-trainer program for experienced technology transfer managers. By strengthening intellectual property rights in the MENA region through technology transfer programs, CLDP helps level the playing field for U.S. companies. CLDP’s ongoing assistance is focused on bolstering innovation and research and development commercialization in all four countries by helping to create a critical mass of in-country specialists equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully commercialize discoveries made by the academic community and act as an effective interface with the business community. 

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.

March 29, 2018 - April 4, 2018

Morocco-Tunisia: CLDP Leads Conferences on Best Practices in Court Automation

In an effort to encourage investment and economic growth by introducing best practices in contract enforcement, CLDP is providing technical assistance to the Governments of Morocco and Tunisia.

February 23, 2018

Morocco: CLDP Supports High Level Conference on the Role of Bankruptcy in Attracting Investment

On February 23, CLDP co-sponsored an event in Marrakech with the Moroccan Association of CPA’s and the Moroccan Judicial Authority on the role of bankruptcy reform in improving Morocco’s investment climate. For the last 20 years, Morocco has been in the process of amending the bankruptcy provisions of its Commercial Code. Recently, Morocco’s cabinet approved a law that would revise these bankruptcy provisions, however the law has not yet been approved by Parliament. The goal of the Marrakech conference was to develop a roadmap for implementing the new provisions and to identify the tasks needed to successfully implement the new mechanisms, including a reorganization provision. Accountants, trustees, judges and senior officials from throughout Morocco attended the conference and engaged in collaborative discussions on how to ensure that the new law would serve the private sector and attract investment. CLDP has been working with Morocco for several years on the revision and has conducted workshops and conferences on preparing trustees and judges for complex reorganization cases. During the conference, CLDP announced its plans to continue and expand its assistance as the law gets closer to enactment. CLDP experts, including a US Federal Bankruptcy Judge and a bankruptcy practitioner, discussed lessons learned from the US model and the evolution of bankruptcy law in the US.

February 15, 2018 - February 21, 2018

Sponsorship of International Technology Transfer Specialists to AUTM

CLDP sponsored the participation of technology transfer specialists from Algeria, Morocco, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia to attend the 2018 Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ from February 18-21, 2018.

February 7, 2018 - February 9, 2018

CLDP Organizes North Africa Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

CLDP organized a North Africa Regional Workshop on University-Industry Relations in Encouraging Technology Transfer from February 7-9, 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. 

December 7, 2017 - December 13, 2017

CLDP Organizes 2 MENA Workshops on International Arbitration

CLDP hosted two programs on international arbitration in Tunis, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco from December 7-13, 2017.