The Middle East & North Africa

November 12, 2018 - November 18, 2018

West Bank: Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 12, 2018 - November 18, 2018
November 11, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq ADIPEC Consultations

CLDP will be organizing a five-day program, consisting of training sessions, consultations, and site visits for up to 12 government officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. These consultations will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from November 11-15, 2018.

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. 

October 24, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Co-Organizes Annual Conference for Chief Judges of Administrative Tribunals

On October 24-25, CLDP conducted a conference with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Board of Grievances (BoG) on the importance of transparent and efficient court administration to build trust in the Kingdom’s public procurement system and attract foreign investment. For the first time in its nearly 40-year existence, the BoG invited a non-Saudi entity to organize and lead its annual meeting of chief judges. CLDP developed the agenda for the program and invited several international experts including a U.S. federal judge, a litigator, and a CLDP intermittent expert to deliver presentations. CLDP delivered the initial presentation of the conference on the importance of evaluating tribunals’ performance using tools such as the International Framework for Court Excellence and the World Bank’s Benchmarking Public Procurement methodology, which focus on core principles of integrity, efficiency, transparency and predictability in the adjudicative process. The BoG has exclusive jurisdiction over administrative disputes including procurement decisions made by all government offices. However, the BoG’s decisions are often slow and unpredictable, which greatly reduces competition and confidence in the Kingdom’s procurement process. CLDP’s participation in the conference is part of a multi-phase engagement to improve the Kingdom’s public procurement system.

October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Capacity Building

On October 21-25, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and the Board of Grievances (BOG), conducted a judicial capacity building programming in Riyadh. Program content focused on court specialization and case management as tools to increase the efficiency and transparency of both commercial and administrative courts in Saudi Arabia. Experts spoke about the importance of predictable and transparent adjudication mechanisms in attracting investment and facilitating business activity, particularly with respect to commercial, insolvency and procurement related cases.  Participating judges came from the BOG, which resolves procurement and other disputes with the government, and from the newly established commercial courts within the MOJ.  These judicial training programs are part of CLDP's effort, led in coordination with the World Bank, to encourage legal reform in Saudi Arabia in line with the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the country’s economy beyond fossil fuels.  These reforms will also create more opportunities and improve fair legal representation for U.S. companies working with Saudi Arabia. 

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Starts ADR Course for Saudi Women Mediators and Arbitrators

On October 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

October 14, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Egypt: CLDP Conducts Trade Assessment

From October 14-18, CLDP, in close coordination with the US Embassy in Cairo, conducted a weeklong assessment of technical assistance needs for trade-related issues in the US-Egypt relationship.  CLDP met with NGOs, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Food Safety Agency, the Egyptian Customs Authority, the Egyptian Competition Authority, the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and private sector stakeholders such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.  CLDP will provide technical assistance linked closely with the recent US-Egypt Trade and Investment Framework Agreement discussions led by USTR. By early 2019, CLDP plans to begin trade programming on risk-based food safety inspections and better systems for customs valuation.