The Middle East & North Africa

April 30, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Roundtable on New Draft SME Law

On April 30, CLDP led a roundtable and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), AmCham Bahrain and several government contracting agencies to discuss the government’s draft procurement amendments to promote set-aside programs for small-and medium size enterprises (SME).  

April 30, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Develops Models of Complex Investment Contracts for U.S. Goods

During the first week of May 2018, CLDP brought a delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil (MoO) to Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The purpose was to facilitate and support the creation of Public Private Partnership (PPPs) between MoO and the U.S. private sector for the development of Iraq’s oil industry.

April 29, 2018 - April 30, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Case Management for Bahrain Judiciary

From April 29-30, CLDP conducted a workshop in Manama, Bahrain in coordination with Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice, Supreme Judicial Council on case management and electronic court filing with the objective to share best practices from the United States and UAE that are competent, efficient, and transparent. The workshop focused primarily on case management techniques for judges, and also included sessions on how to train clerks and professional civil servants within the judiciary on how to effectively manage cases.

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 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia Consultations on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From April 16 – 20, CLDP hosted a delegation of 16 judges and government officials from Saudi Arabia, headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, for consultations on developing a successful bankruptcy system in Saudi Arabia and improving the transparency and efficiency of its commercial courts.

April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Organizes Consultations on Implementing New Bankruptcy Law

From April 16-20, a delegation of 16 judges and government officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, participated in consultations on developing a bankruptcy system in KSA and improving the transparency and efficiency of its commercial courts. Participants attended a bankruptcy trial in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, as well as commercial cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the New York State Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. The participants learned about the process by which bankruptcy cases are adjudicated in the U.S.; how a transparent and predictable bankruptcy system can help attract foreign investment; the role of court automation and case management technology in ensuring efficient and transparent adjudication of disputes; and valuation methods and the enforcement of cross border bankruptcy judgments, which is becoming increasingly important with the global nature of commercial lending. Earlier this year, KSA promulgated a new bankruptcy law that provides debtors and creditors with court supervised solutions for failing companies, including business restructuring. CLDP was instrumental in the development of the new law and is now collaborating with the Government of Saudi Arabia to train the judges that will preside over insolvency proceedings and the government stakeholders that will regulate the bankruptcy system.

April 16, 2018 - April 19, 2018

Algeria: CLDP Strengthens the Innovation Ecosystem

On April 16-19, CLDP held a workshop in Algiers on technology startups and intellectual property. This workshop represents the first phase of a CLDP program focusing on the creation of an Algerian center of excellence in technology transfer through the partnership of the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) of the University of New Hampshire's law school and Algeria top institute of technology (ENP). Since 2013, CLDP has been supporting an ambitious Algerian initiative to create an innovation ecosystem that generates viable technology startups, and decrease its dependency on oil and gas.  The second phase of the program will be "internships" in the fall, at ITTI, for professors who manage ENP's technology incubator.

April 8, 2018 - April 9, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Hosts Franchise Workshop with Current and Prospective Investors

On April 10, CLDP, in cooperation with U.S. Commercial Service and the Ministry of National Economy, hosted a consultation with current franchisees of local and foreign brands, as well as prospective franchise investors. The workshop provided a primer on how to attract foreign franchises, the franchise business model, and current trends and investment outlooks of major US and foreign brands in the Middle East. Participants also learned about how to benefit from participating in key franchise expos, specifically the International Franchise Expo in New York this May 2018. For their part, investors shared information on commercial and legal factors impacting the development of the franchise industry in the West Bank.

April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Conducts Trademark Workshop for Palestinian Judges and Prosecutors

On April 6-7, CLDP, in cooperation with the Higher Judicial Council and the Office of the Attorney General, hosted a two-day workshop on the calculation of damages in trademark cases. CLDP, along with Judge Denise Cote from the Southern District of New York and Dorian Mazurkevich from USPTO, guided 25 Judges and Prosecutors in understanding different models of calculating damages under civil and common law, specifically in the use of statutory damages. The participants engaged in a simulated case study that enabled them to apply the current IP law to the calculation of damage of a civil trademark. The exercise was key in facilitating dialogue among judges and prosecutors on application of the current law, which led them to appreciate the need to review the current draft IP law and address gaps to providing civil right to damages in trademark cases. As a new IP law is being drafted, the workshop was timely in providing guidance on the calculation of damages of civil cases that may arise from criminal cases brought by the Office of the Attorney General. Currently, the IP law is a hybrid of British, Ottoman, Jordanian, and Egyptian law.