The Middle East & North Africa

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. 

September 13, 2017

Iraq: Consultations with Basrah Port Officials

On September 13, CLDP, in coordination with the US Consulate in Basrah, Iraq, conducted consultations in Basrah for the Director General of the Basrah Airport and other key officials from the Port of Basrah, to determine potential CLDP technical assistance that may be provided in order to improve port security, customs, and services. 

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September 12, 2017

CLDP Conducts Roundtable for American Business Group of Riyadh

On September 12, CLDP conducted a commercial law roundtable for the American Business Group of Riyadh (ABGR) legal staff in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. CLDP staff presented to over 20 participants a history of commercial law developments in Saudi Arabia and the region that have improved the environment for doing business for us companies, such as a new arbitration law pasted in 2012. CLDP has worked for over a decade to provide legislative drafting assistance and commercial law implementation programming to reform commercial laws in Saudi Arabia, affecting many commercial sectors such as corporate governance, contract enforcement, intellectual property rights, and insolvency. ABGR members noted improvements in legal practice in Saudi Arabia since CLDP started working in the Kingdom over 10 years ago. For example, members reported that contract enforcement efforts of today are much more hopeful for fair resolution than they were 10 years ago. Participants also said that intellectual property rights enforcement is much more robust now that in the past.

September 12, 2017

Iraq: Attracting Foreign Investors

On September 12, CLDP, in coordination with the US Consulate in Basrah, Iraq, moderated a roundtable with representatives from local universities and the oil/gas industry to kick start a University – Industry project aimed at developing the local workforce through public and private partnerships in the oil and gas sector. 

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September 11, 2017

Iraq: Promoting Franchise Opportunities in Basrah

On September 11, CLDP, in coordination with the US Consulate in Basrah, Iraq, conducted a meeting in Basrah with the owners and managers of Basrah’s first shopping mall, Basrah Times Square, along with current operators of franchises in Basrah (both U.S. and non-U.S. franchises). 

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September 11, 2017

Iraq: Attracting Foreign Investors

On September 11, CLDP, in coordination with the US Consulate in Basrah, Iraq, conducted a meeting in Basrah with the Contractor’s Association to discuss ways to attract American partners for commercial projects in Iraq. 

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