Tunisia

April 11, 2019 - April 18, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On April 11-18, 2018, CLDP will sponpsor two Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law and Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunisto participate in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

March 17, 2019 - March 20, 2019

CLDP to Sponsor Algerian and Tunisian Delegations to Franchise Expo Paris

On March 17-20, 2019, CLDP will sponsor delegations of franchising stakeholders from Algeria and Tunisia, including government officials and private-sector executives, to attend a workshop and visit an expo focused on international franchising in Paris, France.

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

9th Middle East Vis Pre-Moot March 2019

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, UNCITRAL, and ICC, will host the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain

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.

September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Tunisia: Evaluation of the Suspension and Debarment Regime

From September 24-28, CLDP conducted an evaluation of the Tunisian suspension and debarment regime in collaboration with HAICOP, Tunisia’s government procurement body. For the past four years, CLDP has been working with HAICOP to promote transparent and efficient government procurement processes. The evaluation was an opportunity to assess the implementation of the suspension and debarment regime, two years after passage of the exclusion decree. During the week of the evaluation, CLDP met with HAICOP leadership and interviewed members of the commission that rule on exclusion cases, reviewed all current exclusion and declination case files, and presented a preliminary report with key findings and recommendations focused on promoting transparency, efficiency, and fairness in the exclusion process. For example, CLDP recommended that exclusion decisions should include detailed information on the commission’s decision-making process, allowing economic operators to better understand why they are being excluded and respond accordingly. Based on its assessment, CLDP will prepare a final report with recommendations to be shared with HAICOP before the end of the year. CLDP expects to continue to work closely with HAICOP to implement the recommendations as the exclusion commission takes shapes and more capacity building needs are identified.