The Middle East & North Africa

November 12, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq ADIPEC Consultations

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October 24, 2017 - October 30, 2017

Morocco Workshops on Handicraft Exports

CLDP held workshops on the marketing of Moroccan handicrafts in the United States in Rabat from October 24-25, Fez on October 27, and Marrakech on October 30, 2017.

October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017

West Bank: CLDP Conducts Conference on Palestinian Innovation Ecosystem and the Role of Universities

On October 24-25, 2017, CLDP hosted a conference in Ramallah, West Bank, that brought together local stakeholders to identify policy and regulatory reforms that would support the growth of Palestinian technology startups. Representatives from Stanford University, Louisiana State University, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shared best practices in technology incubation and commercialization to help Palestinian universities protect their intellectual property, while ensuring research breakthroughs can fuel innovation and job growth in the private sector. At the conclusion of the conference, participants compiled a list of key recommendations, including the need to conduct network mapping to identify relevant partners within the local ecosystem, to increase engagement among Palestinian stakeholders in order to foster the development of an entrepreneurial culture and community, and to expand intellectual property and business development curriculum at the university level, including practical job training opportunities for young Palestinians. Conference participants included Palestinian entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and government stakeholders. The conference sought to identify policy and regulatory reforms that will help propel growth of Palestinian businesses, as part of the broader U.S. Government effort tosupport a thriving economy and create real opportunities for Palestinians.

October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

On October 12-14 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), the University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), and MENA Chambers Bahrain held a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

October 11, 2017 - October 12, 2017

CLDP Co-Organizes Seminar on Insolvency Reform in Morocco

CLDP, in coordination with Morocco's Ministry of Justice and Liberties, Morocco's Committee National de l’Environnement des Affaires (CNEA), and Germany's Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), co-organized a Seminar Introducing Proposed Reforms to Morocco's Insolvency Code in El Jadida, Morocco from October 11-12, 2017

October 11, 2017 - October 17, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Program for Parliamentary Delegation in Washington

On October 11-17, 2017, CLDP organized a 5-day study tour in Washington, DC for members of Bahrain’s parliament and their legal advisors and professional staff.  OGC General Counsel, Peter Davidson, welcomed the delegation at the Department of Commerce (DOC) headquarters, where they met with offices of the International Trade Administration to discuss the importance of intra agency coordination. The delegation accompanied Peter Krug, DOC's Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, to a hearing at Congress’s House Science Committee.  The delegation also met with US State officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary Lenderking, to discuss the importance of US-Bahrain bilateral relationships. Throughout the program, CLDP Attorney-Advisor Arezo Yazd facilitated meetings for the delegation with Members of Congress and staffers (Senate and House), local legislative bodies in Maryland, as well as a number of bipartisan organization such as the Congressional Research Services and the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

The workshop successfully facilitated the exchange of practice and experience on the legislative drafting process between Bahraini delegates and their American counterparts by focusing on U.S. institution building and resource development available to members of Congress and professional staff.  Lastly, building on past CLDP programs, experts from DC-based think-tanks, incubators and Google discussed commercial legislative reform as a means to help promote small-and-medium-size enterprise (SME) growth and how commercial legislation serves as a tool to economic development and growth. 

As a result of CLDP programming with the Bahrain parliament, the participants are implementing commercial legislation that will promote economic reform and foreign investment in Bahrain. 

September 18, 2017 - September 26, 2017

CLDP Leads Franchising Workshops in Algeria and Tunisia

CLDP led franchising workshops in Algeria and Tunisia from September 18-26, 2017.

September 13, 2017

Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

On September 13, 2017, CLDP, in cooperation with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center (KCAC), hosted a workshop on best practices in alternative dispute resolution clause drafting. The workshop focused on a case study that was used to identify and build consensus on best practices in alternative dispute resolution clauses to be used in contracts between Kuwaiti and international parties. Program participants wrote draft clauses as part of a group exercise led by an alternative dispute resolution legal expert. Participants also discussed how to strategically review clauses on behalf of business clients with their peers and counterparts.

September 13, 2017 - September 14, 2017

CLDP Leads Workshop on Value Added Tax for Bahrain Parliament

 On September 13-14, CLDP led a workshop for the Council of Representatives on Value Added Tax (VAT).  Bahrain plans to draft legislation and implement a VAT in 2018 in accordance with the GCC framework agreement on VAT.