CLDP Celebrates 20 years!

February 23, 2012
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.

The Commercial Law Development Program was created in February, 1992 and on February 23, 2012, CLDP organized an event to thank the institutions and the individuals who created CLDP and/or helped it grow, and to reflect on lessons learned. Commerce Secretary Bryson emphasized the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas; he highlighted the contribution made by CLDP in fostering such environments in many countries. Ambassador Taylor echoed the Secretary’s words and praised the model cooperation between the Departments of State and the Department of Commerce, which has made it possible for CLDP to respond promptly to State’s priorities for technical assistance in commercial law, whether the beneficiary countries were former Soviet Bloc countries as in February 1992, or are Arab Spring countries as in February 2012.

In a discussion moderated by Commerce General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry, Judge Bernice B. Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Delissa Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP programs in many countries over the years. Both judges concluded that the judicial capacity building programs conducted by CLDP have resulted in two significant changes: foreign judges now realize that they can play a significant role in the economic development of their countries; they have now the expertise and the confidence to help bring about the judicial environment, adapted to their country’s specific context, that are conducive to foreign investment and trade. Awards were presented by CLDP staff to several USG officials, diplomats and private sector experts, who have made important contributions to CLDP programs and to the strengthening of the rule of law worldwide.
 

Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.

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.

Read More about Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop to Implement Procurement Reforms to Promote SMEs