Bahrain: CLDP Leads Workshop on Procurement Law Reform

February 27, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Left to right: SBA's Chris Clarke, MOICT's Shaikha Fadhel & AbdulKareem AlRashid, DCM Aimee Cutrona, and CLDP's Arezo Yazd

On February 27-28, CLDP organized a two-day inter-agency working group meeting in coordination with Bahrain's Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT) to outline a road map to draft a new small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) procurement law in Manama, Bahrain.  The MOICT and US Embassy Manama, requested that CLDP review the draft law and provide comments once the draft is prepared by the working group. In drafting the law, the MOICT has considered incorporating many of the recommendations made by CLDP, including creating a small-business oversight body and technical assistance procurement center for SMEs to strengthen the government procurement system in Bahrain. While the anticipated roadmap includes a preliminary draft delivered by the MOICT and the inter-agency working group (which includes Bahrain's Parliament) by May 2018, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help establish implementation mechanisms to address small-business set aside programs.  CLDP experts included OGC's Senior Attorney, John Guinan, and experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Procurement Law.  CLDP efforts to reform public procurement laws in the Gulf will help standardized international best practices and level the playing field for US businesses overseas.

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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