Tunisia

February 7, 2019 - February 14, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Sri Lanka to AUTM 2019

CLDP will sponsor the participation of technology transfer specialists from Algeria, Morocco, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia to attend the 2019 Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas from February 7-14, 2019.  Participants will attend a pre-conference program focusing on contract negotiation, training and networking on how to manage a technology transfer office. The conference will provide insights as to further research, incentivize innovation, and protect and commercialize the resulting technology and intellectual property.  CLDP’s ongoing assistance is focused on bolstering innovation and R&D 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.

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.

April 26, 2018 - May 2, 2018

Tunisia: CLDP Sponsors Activities to Promote the Export of Tunisian Handicrafts

On April 27, CLDP participated in the launch of its recently produced Handicraft Export Guide whose aim is to facilitate the export of Tunisian handicrafts to the U.S. The same week, CLDP also led a group of three U.S. private sector experts to Tunisia’s annual handicraft expo, which included 1200 artisans, to provide constructive feedback on improving the export readiness of Tunisia’s artisan population.

April 19, 2018 - April 24, 2018

Tunisia: CLDP Leads Series of Franchising Workshops

From April 19-24, CLDP led a series of franchising workshops in Tunis, Tunisia.

April 1, 2018

Tunisia: Handicraft Export Guide

In late April 2018, produced Handicraft Export Guide which aims to facilitate the export of Tunisian handicrafts to the U.S. The guide focuses on the technical aspects of handicraft export, including meeting the expectations of the U.S. market, contractual agreements, export standards, shipping, and payment techniques. A copy of the French-language guidebook is available on this site in PDF.

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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.