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.  CLDP currently has programs in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, KuwaitMorocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Please click here to learn about CLDP's results in the Middle East and North Africa.

North Africa

Work in North Africa began in 2000 under the U.S. – North Africa Economic Partnership (USNAEP).  CLDP embarked on a program to assist the governments of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco with the formation and reinforcement of trade policies that support the development of a more market-based economy in order to promote trade and investment. This training led to more liberalized trade in the region and supported one of USAID’s major strategic objectives for the region: acceleration of private sector-led, export-oriented, economic growth. CLDP’s activities in North Africa continue today through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the US Department of State. Of recent particular importance is the assistance provided to Morocco with the implementation of the U.S. – Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as well as the efforts in Tunisia towards compliance with the U.S. – Tunisia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), judicial capacity building in the area of commercial law, and the promotion of franchising.

ALGERIA

Goal: In support of the Government of Algeria’s goal of fostering a legal environment conducive to a more knowledge-based economy, CLDP is working collaboratively with other USG experts to (1) build technical capacity to support for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through technology transfer and licensing (2) improve the overall legal environment for businesses.

Program Areas:

  • Administrative capacity to manage technology transfer and encourage innovation with Algerian research institutions.
  • Administrative capacity to manage technology incubators and creat an innovation ecosystem in Algeria.
  • Technical capacity of local SMEs to manage new technologies, both through their own licensing of domestic inventions or the acquisition of new technologies from other countries.
  • Judicial capacity to prevent and combat cybercrimes.
  • Training on best practices in public procurement, including e-procurement, acquisition planning, model procurement laws, competition and SME promotion.

MOROCCO

Goal: In support of the Government of Morocco to be fully compliant with the US-Morocco FTA requirements since the agreement went into effect, CLDP has been building the capacity of the relevant agencies.

Program Areas:

  • Assistance to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade to develop its trade defense regime in line with international and bilateral obligations.    
  • Increasing the Government of Morocco’s ability to comply with the Rules of Origin and transshipment requirements under the FTA.
  • Training on best practices in public procurement, including e-procurement, acquisition planning, model procurement laws, competition and SME promotion.

TUNISIA

Goal: In support of the Government of Tunisia’s goals, CLDP is focusing on helping Tunisia develop a knowledge-based economy.

Program Areas:

  • Training on intellectual property and licensing for both the private and the public sector to spur entrepreneurship.
  • Assistance with the creation of legal framework for franchising in Tunisia and sharing of best practices in franchising.
  • Administrative capacity to manage technology incubators and create an innovation ecosystem in Tunisia.
  • Training on best practices in public procurement, including e-procurement, acquisition planning, model procurement laws, competition and SME promotion.

The Middle East

By supporting the development of laws and practices that support trade liberalization, economic diversification and entrepreneurship, CLDP works to improve economic conditions 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 governments throughout the region to provide technical assistance and training on a range of commercial issues.

BAHRAIN

Goal:  In support of Bahrain’s interest in increasing international trade and entrepreneurship, CLDP advises the government on the development of commercial laws and practices that facilitate trade and small enterprise growth.  

Program Areas:

  • Revisions of the Bahrain Commercial Code to support entrepreneurship-friendly lending and insolvency law. 
  • Supporting the development of an Advanced Ruling Office in compliance with US-Bahrain FTA.
  • Regional international commercial arbitration moot competition for law students.
  • Supporting the international commercial arbitration moot team at Bahrain University.
  • Judicial capacity building regarding insolvency and e-commerce law.

IRAQ

Goal: In support of the Government of Iraq’s goal of fostering a legal environment conducive to economic diversification and private sector growth, CLDP has been working collaboratively with other USG experts to build legal capacity within Iraqi government ministries.

Program Areas:

  • Legislative capacity to draft modern commercial law to support the growth of small and medium enterprises.
  • Ministerial capacity to train commercial attaches and commercial officers in the core competencies required to promote trade with Iraq.
  • Legal capacity for Iraqi State Owned Enterprises to enter into strategic partnerships with foreign companies.
  • Administrative capacity to manage technology transfer and encourage innovation with Iraqi research institutions.
  • Legal capacity of provincial governments to promote private sector growth as part of Iraq’s decentralization of governing powers.

JORDAN

Goal: CLDP's programming in Jordan strives to assist the Government of Jordan in increasing international trade liberalization through criteria capacity building in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the development of product and service standards based on International best practices.  CLDP also supports the development of best practices in international trade and business practices in Jordan.  

Program Areas:

  • International product and service development standards consultations and workshops.
  • Government official and judicial capacity building to support best practices in international business transactions and commercial dispute resolution. 

KUWAIT

Goal:  In support of Kuwait raising the capacity of lawyers and judges to adjudicate complex commercial transactions, CLDP works to provide international commercial law expertise to legal education programs in Kuwait.

Program Areas:

  • Development of international commercial arbitration moot team at Kuwait University School of Law.
  • Judicial capacity building regarding insolvency and restructuring management.

SAUDI ARABIA

Goal:  In support of improving the resolution of commercial contract disputes in Saudi Arabia, CLDP organizes educational opportunities and consultative exchanges for judges from Saudi Arabia.

Program Areas: 

  • Commercial law regional conferences for judges from the Arabian Peninsula to share best practices and harmonize systems.
  • Commercial law consultations in US and Saudi Arabia for judges to exchange judicial teaching methodologies.

Upcoming Programs

CLDP in Action

March 26, 2017 - March 28, 2017

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