Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: ADR Workshop and Launch Event and Judicial Exchange

July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

On July 16-19, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and ICLP, conducted two events related to the unveiling of the new CCC-ICLP Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center. The two events included a three-day training for 12 newly hired CCC-ICLP arbitrators and seven arbitrators from the Afghan Center for Dispute Resolution. The training was the first part of a longer-term certified arbitration training program. CLDP expert Professor Bruce Collins QC was also asked by the Sri Lanka Attorney General's Office to address a group of approximately 100 civil attorneys at a workshop on Friday, July 20. The second event was a Launch Event which introduced the CCC-ICLP ADR Center to approximately 85 members of the legal and business community as well as Sri Lankan government officials. U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affairs Robert Hilton gave the keynote address. 

Upcoming Programs

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

On November 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

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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