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Asia & South Asia

CLDP works with the Government of Pakistan on its goal of diversifying Pakistan’s exports and creating a legal environment to promote foreign investment in Pakistan. CLDP has developed a series of consultations, exchanges, and partnerships between U.S. and Pakistani judges, entrepreneurs, academics and trade officials addressing intellectual property rights, alternative dispute resolution, technology commercialization, and trade policy research and analysis. CLDP has also commenced consultations with the Government of India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to help develop a regulatory and fiscal regime conducive to foreign investment in unconventional gas exploration and production. In Afghanistan, CLDP is engaged in a multi-pronged approach to support private sector growth and economic stability through relationships with several Afghan ministries, independent government agencies, and trade associations. Major areas of focus in Afghanistan are investment promotion, commercial law implementation, alternative dispute resolution, and commercial law education. CLDP also has an expanding program in Burma (Myanmar) focusing on public procurement, consumer protection, arbitration, and investment. CLDP has also partnered with Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under an MOU between the Department of State and Singapore, to train ASEAN government representatives on trade facilitation, public procurement, and IPR/tech transfer.

Europe & Eurasia

CLDP has assisted countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with the commercial law changes necessary to achieve economic and political integration and stability through WTO accession. CLDP provided WTO accession technical assistance to six of the first eight post-Soviet states to join the WTO (Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova) as well as Russia and Ukraine. For countries that have successfully acceded to the WTO, CLDP continues to provide technical expertise by helping those countries meet and uphold their post-accession obligations. Recent programming focuses on a wide variety of customs, trade, and intellectual property programs – both with the public and private sectors.

Global Initiatives

CLDP serves as a key partner for the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI) – a State Department-led multi-agency effort to provide a range of technical and capacity building assistance to the host governments of countries on the verge of becoming major oil and gas producers. EGCI’s core objective is to help these countries establish the capacity to manage their resource revenues wisely and to manage their resource endowments in a manner that maximizes value and transparency. As one of the U.S. agencies providing technical assistance under EGCI, CLDP leverages the expertise of its lawyers and experts to help countries establish commercial law frameworks that incorporate the best practices in contracting, accounting and taxation that ARE essential to attracting foreign investment in a country’s hydrocarbon sector.

Latin America & the Caribbean

Through an inter-agency agreement with USAID, CLDP recently began implementing a program to assist the Dominican Republic’s federal government procurement agency.  The program aims to improve procurement systems and practices among Dominican citizen security institutions like the National Police and the 911 Emergency System, and also to spur economic growth by improving access to government contracts for small and women-owned enterprises. CLDP hopes that this initial two-year program will lead to further collaboration with USAID in the Dominican Republic in high-priority areas like entrepreneurship and SME development. CLDP also operates in Latin America through its participation in the State Department’s Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI). As a part of EGCI, CLDP currently advises Colombia’s National Petroleum Agency, the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH), on its model contract for offshore energy development. This technical assistance focuses on ways in which the model contract can meet both the oil companies’ criteria for investment and ANH’s mandate to ensure sustainable investment for the benefit of Colombia.  CLDP provides similar assistance to Argentina, where the government is pursuing sustainable onshore and offshore hydrocarbon development in order to increase its energy security and attract foreign investment. In addition to Colombia, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic, CLDP has also submitted proposals to deliver technical assistance in Central America, particularly in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Programming in these countries would focus on anti-corruption, foreign direct investment laws, and entrepreneurship.

The Middle East & North Africa

Since 1998, CLDP has worked to foster greater political stability through economic development in the Middle East and North Africa.  By supporting the development of laws and practices that support trade liberalization, economic diversification and entrepreneurship, CLDP works to improve economic growth in the Middle East. Through our work with the US Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and USAID, we have connected US Government experts with their counterparts throughout the region to provide technical assistance and training on a range of commercial and legal issues.

Sub-Saharan Africa

CLDP seeks to improve the trade and investment-enabling environment in Sub-Saharan Africa through the strengthening of regional intellectual property (IP) protection in West, East, Central, and Southern Africa. Since 2007, under the African Global Competitiveness Initiative (AGCI), CLDP continues to engage both individual countries, (Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Mali, South Africa, Kenya, and others as determined) as well as Regional Economic Communities such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Southern Africa Development Community (SADC); and the East African Community (EAC) on the reform and strengthening of IP legislation, IP administration, IP enforcement, and IP outreach.

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.