The Middle East & North Africa

October 9, 2016 - October 10, 2016

MENA: Regional Conference on International Arbitration in Kuwait

 

On October 9 and 10, CLDP held a conference, in cooperation with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center, on recent developments and best practices in international arbitration. The conference is part of a multi-phase program to strengthen contract enforcement mechanisms and practices in the Middle East and North Africa.

October 5, 2016 - October 11, 2016

CLDP Builds Capacity at the Ministry of Trade's Trade Policy Office (Phase III:US Consultations)

On October 5-11, 2016, representatives from the Trade Policy Office (TPO) of Iraq's Ministry of Trade visited Washington, D.C. for consultations on trade policy analysis and trade facilitation.  The visit constituted the third stage of a cooperation program designed and led by CLDP,  conducted with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. 

As Iraq is opening its economy and wants to enter into trade agreements, the purpose of the program is to build capacity at Iraq's Trade Policy Office (TPO). 

In Washington, D. C., the TPO delegates met with experts from different Commerce bureaus (International Trade Administration, Census bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis) as well as with experts from the Office of the US Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission, US Customs Border Protection, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During these meetings, the focus was on  trade policy theory and analysis, on data collection, as well as on methods to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade and to facilitate trade through customs reforms.

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have a better understanding of liberalized economic trade theory and of the connection between trade and investment, regional integration, and economic diversification.  

They also acquired access to new web-based tools and international databases, and will be adopting new trade policy analysis methods.  

As a result of the consultations, the TPO officials have committed to streamlining legalization processes for certificates of origin required by Iraq, a persistent trade barrier, and to identifying, categorizing, and reporting all of Iraq’s non-tariff measures to the ITC.

September 26, 2016 - September 27, 2016

Workshops on Franchising in Tunisia

CLDP and AC Franchise organized two franchising workshops in Tunis, Tunisia on September 26 and 27, 2016. 

August 1, 2016 - August 3, 2016

Bahrain Legislative Drafting Workshop

On August 1-3 in Singapore, CLDP led a training on legislative drafting and legal research for the legal advisors of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain. U.S. experts from the Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Research Service, and Senate Commerce Committee led training on assessing the budgetary and economic impact of legislation, drafting legislative memoranda and conference reports, and reconciling legislative differences between lower and upper house legislation.

June 14, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Iraq: CLDP Leads Workshop on Franchising

On June 14-18 in New York, CLDP, in cooperation with FCS, conducted a comprehensive franchise program for a 20-member delegation of prospective franchise investors from Georgia and Iraq.  The delegation engaged in interactive sessions lead by franchise experts and met with U.S. franchisors during a two-day workshop.

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May 31, 2016 - June 2, 2016

MENA Regional Program on Contract Enforcement

On May 31-June 2, CLDP led a six-country Middle East and North Africa regional workshop on contract enforcement best practices.

May 17, 2016

CLDP and FCS Conduct Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultations with Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center

On May 17, CLDP and FCS Kuwait met with Dr. Anas Al-Tourah of the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Centre (KCAC) and representatives of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Kuwait City to discuss future cooperation to improve the legal environment in Kuwait for arbitration.