The Middle East & North Africa

November 20, 2017

West Bank: CLDP Paves Path for IP Judicial Development in the West Bank

On November 20, CLDP and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service met with high-level officials from the Palestinian Attorney General’s Office and the Higher Judicial Council to determine next steps for CLDP’s technical assistance on intellectual property (IP) in the West Bank.

November 19, 2017

West Bank: CLDP Assists Palestinian Authority in Developing Competition Law

On November 19, CLDP and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service met with the Palestinian Legislative Review Committee for Competition Law to review a recently updated draft law that was requested by the prime minister.

November 14, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Bahrain Public Procurement Workshop Phase I

On November 14-15, CLDP held a workshop to support the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support small-and medium-sized businesses in Bahrain. The workshop also supported the newly formed working group of key ministries agencies, and stakeholders that will develop the new laws. Expert-advisors for the program included the Small Business Administration’s Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, John Klein, and the general counsel for a procurement consulting firm in the United States. The advisors discussed U.S. procurement best practices in ensuring transparent and efficient standards and in promoting small-business set-asides. This workshop is the first in a series of programs on procurement best practices in Bahrain, which will help level the playing field for domestic and international companies bidding on government contracts.

November 14, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Bahrain: CLDP Attorney Speaks on Importance of IPR

On November 14 and 15, CLDP Attorney-Advisor Arezo Yazd spoke on the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) and strengthening IPR regimes to promote entrepreneurship in Bahrain. Ms. Yazd spoke at the Bahrain Businesswomen Society Annual Forum, gathering 300 participants from across the Middle East, on how women entrepreneurs can protect their IPR. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, CLDP also spoke at the Bahrain Stock Exchange on IPR and new technologies. CLDP’s IP programming in Bahrain seeks to protect the IPR of local and international companies and spur innovation. 

November 13, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq: CLDP supports Iraq in developing downstream opportunities for US investors

From November 13 - 16, CLDP provided consultations to a high-level delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil on developing investment projects that would attract US investors, companies, and technologies.  

November 12, 2017 - November 16, 2017

Iraq ADIPEC Consultations

From November 13 - 16, CLDP provided consultations to a high-level delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Oil on developing investment projects that would attract US investors, companies, and technologies.  The program was conducted at the behest of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and in coordination with the US Embassy in UAE, the Iraq AmCham, the US-Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce, as well as Commerce's FCS and energy teams.  The consultations consisted of site visits and discussions with US companies, US lenders, and the IFC on means to structure projects that would bring viable investors to build Iraq's refinery capacity.  The program was conducted on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) and was attended by the US Ambassadors to Iraq and the UAE, along with the Iraqi Minister of Oil as well as a team of refinery officials from the Ministry.  As a result of the program, US companies have renewed interest in Iraq's downstream market and the Ministry of Oil is now in negotiations with two US Companies to develop critical refinery and gas megaprojects. 

November 5, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Kuwait: CLDP Launches Public Procurement Reform Program with Technical Assessment

On November 5-7 , CLDP conducted, in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD), a three-day assessment of Kuwait's current procurement processes and its new procurement law, which was enacted in 2016.  

November 5, 2017

Kuwait: CLDP Signs Letter of Intent with Supreme Council for Planning and Development

On November 5,  CLDP and the Kuwait Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate on technical assistance programs for government agencies across the Kuwaiti government.  

October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017

West Bank: CLDP Conducts Conference on Palestinian Innovation Ecosystem and the Role of Universities

On October 24-25, 2017, CLDP hosted a conference in Ramallah, West Bank, that brought together local stakeholders to identify policy and regulatory reforms that would support the growth of Palestinian technology startups. Representatives from Stanford University, Louisiana State University, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shared best practices in technology incubation and commercialization to help Palestinian universities protect their intellectual property, while ensuring research breakthroughs can fuel innovation and job growth in the private sector. At the conclusion of the conference, participants compiled a list of key recommendations, including the need to conduct network mapping to identify relevant partners within the local ecosystem, to increase engagement among Palestinian stakeholders in order to foster the development of an entrepreneurial culture and community, and to expand intellectual property and business development curriculum at the university level, including practical job training opportunities for young Palestinians. Conference participants included Palestinian entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and government stakeholders. The conference sought to identify policy and regulatory reforms that will help propel growth of Palestinian businesses, as part of the broader U.S. Government effort tosupport a thriving economy and create real opportunities for Palestinians.

October 24, 2017 - October 30, 2017

Morocco Workshops on Handicraft Exports

CLDP held workshops on the marketing of Moroccan handicrafts in the United States in Rabat from October 24-25, Fez on October 27, and Marrakech on October 30, 2017.