CLDP Organizes Power Africa Regional Contract Negotiation Workshop

July 26, 2017 - July 27, 2017
Workshop participants in Cotonou, Benin

On July 26 and 27, CLDP led a regional capacity-building workshop for francophone West African countries on Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Negotiation and Power Project Tenders. The program was organized in coordination with the African Legal Support Facility of the African Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The workshop was led by international legal experts and attended by government officials from Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Niger. The program provided an overview of PPAs and the obligations, risks, and remedies involved. It also highlighted incentives and tools for setting up a reliable framework for transparent and efficient competitive tenders in the power sector.

This workshop is part of the Power Africa initiative, which brings together USG and international resources, from both private sector and governments, to generate investment in power infrastructure throughout Africa. Raising host governments' ability to negotiate PPAs and improving the framework for power project tenders will provide increased opportunities for U.S. commercial interests and developers throughout Africa

CLDP Attorney-Advisor Sheryl Bennett delivers opening remarks on Day 1 of the workshop

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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.

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