The Middle East & North Africa

April 4, 2018 - April 5, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Provides Technical Consultations on the Palestinian Draft Competition Law

On April 4-5, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy and the National Steering Committee on Competition, hosted a two-day workshop to review the current draft Competition Law. Tim Hughes, an international competition expert from the Federal Trade Commission joined public sector and private sector stakeholders in reviewing the draft law and provided a comparative analysis based on international best practices. Specifically, the participants applied the current draft provisions to simulated competition cases in order to identify potential gaps in the draft legal framework. A list of recommended revisions for further review and consideration were drafted at the conclusion of the workshop. In the coming weeks, CLDP will provide further written commentary to supplement the list of recommendations.

April 4, 2018

West Bank: CLDP hosts a dialogue between Entrepreneurship Working Group and Government on Fostering Innovation

The Palestinian Authority is in the process of reforming laws and regulations in order to improve its World Bank Doing Business Ranking.  Currently, the IP and Company’s Law are being re-drafted.  On April 4, 2018, CLDP, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Working Group, hosted an exclusive meeting with officials from the Ministry of National Economy to discuss the impact of the current and draft laws proposed.  The meeting was instrumental in creating a dialogue between key stakeholders so as to improve the legal framework for IP.

April 4, 2018

Iraq Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), created jointly with Iraqi officials, an Arbitration Guidebook to help Iraqi lawyers in the government and in the private sector draft effective and enforceable arbitration clauses.


في محاولة لتشجيع الاستثمار الأجنبي في العراق، تم وضع برنامج تطوير القانون التجاري (CLDP)، بالاشتراك مع مسؤولين عراقيين، وهو دليل تحكيم لمساعدة المحامين العراقيين في الحكومة وفي القطاع الخاص على صياغة فقرات تحكيم فعالة وقابلة للتنفيذ

April 1, 2018

Tunisia: Handicraft Export Guide

In late April 2018, produced Handicraft Export Guide which aims to facilitate the export of Tunisian handicrafts to the U.S. The guide focuses on the technical aspects of handicraft export, including meeting the expectations of the U.S. market, contractual agreements, export standards, shipping, and payment techniques. A copy of the French-language guidebook is available on this site in PDF.

March 29, 2018 - April 4, 2018

Morocco-Tunisia: CLDP Leads Conferences on Best Practices in Court Automation

In an effort to encourage investment and economic growth by introducing best practices in contract enforcement, CLDP is providing technical assistance to the Governments of Morocco and Tunisia.

March 26, 2018 - March 28, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Conducts Parliamentary Administration and Ethics Training

On March 26-28, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP conducted two one-day legislative drafting programs for members of the Bahrain Council of Representatives and their professional staff.  Experts from CLDP and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration discussed administrative regulation and ethics in parliamentary bodies, emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability as legislative offices utilize official funds for administrative matters.  Participants were particularly interested in discerning the types of expenditures that are allowed and prohibited in the U.S. House of Representatives and drew parallels to the Bahraini legislative body.  MPs also discussed regulations prohibiting nepotism, which can be a challenge to regulate in Bahrain.  The Bahraini parliament started a project to draft ethics guidelines in 2015 and believes the draft is ready for parliamentary vote.

March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Algeria and Tunisia: CLDP Organizes Franchise Training at Paris Franchise Expo

CLDP hosted a delegation of franchising stakeholders from Algeria and Tunisia, including government officials and private-sector executives, in Paris, France from March 23-25, 2018, for a workshop and expo visit focused on international franchising.

March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018

West Bank: CLDP Discusses E-Prosecution at the 8th Annual Palestine Public Prosecution Conference

On March 22-24, CLDP was represented by Mr. Brian Pearce and Professor Michael Landau at the 8th Annual Palestine Public Prosecutors Conference. Pearce and Landau provided key remarks on e-prosecution, focusing on cyber and IP crimes. Conference attendees consisted of over 200 participants, including Palestinian Public Prosecutors, academics, and many international experts. In addition to Pearce and Landau’s direct contribution to the conference, they had extensive discussions with the Attorney General, Dr. Ahmed Barka, about international standards for electronic case management of IP cases. . CLDP was the only US government entity represented in the conference.

March 22, 2018 - March 29, 2018

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On March 22-29, 2018, CLDP sponsored three Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and University of Jordan to participate in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

February 27, 2018 - February 28, 2018

Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop on Procurement Law Reform

On February 27-28, CLDP organized a two-day inter-agency working group meeting in coordination with Bahrain's Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT) to outline a road map to draft a new small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) procurement law in Manama, Bahrain.  The MOICT and US Embassy Manama, requested that CLDP review the draft law and provide comments once the draft is prepared by the working group. In drafting the law, the MOICT has considered incorporating many of the recommendations made by CLDP, including creating a small-business oversight body and technical assistance procurement center for SMEs to strengthen the government procurement system in Bahrain. While the anticipated roadmap includes a preliminary draft delivered by the MOICT and the inter-agency working group (which includes Bahrain's Parliament) by May 2018, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help establish implementation mechanisms to address small-business set aside programs.  CLDP experts included OGC's Senior Attorney, John Guinan, and experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Procurement Law.  CLDP efforts to reform public procurement laws in the Gulf will help standardized international best practices and level the playing field for US businesses overseas.