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

Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 11, 2018 - March 18, 2018

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

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