Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Advanced Workshop on Procurement Procedures to Support Small and Women-Owned Businesses

November 16, 2017 - November 17, 2017
DGCP Director General Dr. Yokasta Guzman Santos delivers opening remarks

On November 16 and 17, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP led an advanced workshop on best practices in the implementation of set-asides and other programs intended to improve access to government contracts for small and women-owned businesses in Santo Domingo, using examples from both the U.S. and Chile. The workshop brought together approximately 60 government procurement and small business stakeholders, many of whom participated in CLDP's March 2017 workshop on similar topics. The workshop’s experts provided examples of small and disadvantaged business set-aside programs utilized in the US and Chile, and explained the certification process that businesses go through to be part of these programs. Experts also covered mechanisms for auditing government institutions to ensure compliance with small business programs, as well financing and international assistance that may be available to small and women-owned businesses to assist them in becoming government contractors. DGCP also offered a presentation on its online transactional portal and the opportunities it affords to small and women-owned businesses, and provided an update on the implementation of CLDP’s recommendations following the previous workshop on this topic. This workshop was part of CLDP’s ongoing technical assistance to the government of the Dominican Republic in the area of government procurement, funded by USAID. Best practices in government procurement introduced over the course of this project aim to create a level playing field in the public market in the Dominican Republic, which will increase opportunities not only for small and women-owned businesses to win government contracts, but also for American companies.

DGCP Head of ICT Jhonattan Toribio gives a demonstration of DGCP's e-procurement portal
Participants and organizers at the conclusion of the two-day workshop

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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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