Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Workshop on Contract Administration and Bid Protests

May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018

From May 16-18, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP led a government procurement workshop on contract administration, contractor accountability and bid protests for more than 60 contracting officials and attorneys from various government agencies as well as the private sector in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. To deliver the three-day workshop, CLDP called upon the expertise of a judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a GSA assistant regional counsel, a DOC contracts attorney, and a VA procurement analyst. Experts introduced the U.S. systems for contractor sanctions and bid protests, including an examination of the role of U.S. courts, and offered best practices in contract administration and practical considerations from an agency perspective. In March 2018, CLDP conducted an assessment of the Dominican Republic’s practices and procedures for protesting government contract awards and holding contractors accountable. Based on the findings of this assessment and specific requests from the DGCP, CLDP planned this week’s workshop.  More than a general overview, examples from the U.S. federal procurement system served as an informed comparison to the Dominican system. Experts shared lessons learned from the U.S. experience and recommendations based on their understanding of challenges in the Dominican system.  This workshop is part of CLDP’s two-year project to improve the efficiency of government procurement practices in the Dominican Republic and represents the beginning of the final phase of a training plan designed to cover the life of a government contract, from acquisition planning to contract closing.

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

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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