CLDP Supports Tunis Med Franchise Expo

December 7, 2016 - December 8, 2016
CLDP's Marianne McManus speaks at the expo.

As part of its continued cooperation with the Tunis Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Tunisia, CLDP organized workshops on franchising during the 6th TunisMed Franchise Expo, held in Tunis from December 7-8, 2016. CLDP organized and sponsored training sessions on franchising in the global and Tunisian contexts as well as franchise models, contracts, negotiations, and finance, led by Tunisian and international franchise experts.  CLDP has supported the expo for several years to encourage franchising as a tool for economic development, as part of its technical assistance to Tunisia funded by the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

CLDP also sponsored a delegation of three Algerian officials to attend the expo, in order to learn more about the franchise sector and to network with their Tunisian counterparts. Their visit is part of a multiphase CLDP program to encourage franchising in Algeria. 

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