Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Judicial Procurement Training

May 22, 2018

On May 22, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP) and the National School of the Judiciary, CLDP led a workshop on contract administration and bid protests in government procurement for the 11 judges of the Superior Administrative Court of the Dominican Republic, as well as 11 legal and administrative support staff of the Supreme Court. To implement the one-day workshop, CLDP called upon the expertise of a judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a GSA assistant regional counsel, and a VA procurement analyst. Experts described the lifecycle of an effective government contract and provided an overview of the U.S. system for bid protests, including an examination of the role of U.S. courts. During CLDP’s assessment of the Dominican Republic’s systems for bid protests and contractor sanctions in March, the president of the Superior Administrative Court specifically requested procurement training for the judges of his court, which hears bid protests in the Dominican system. This workshop is part of CLDP’s two-year project to improve the efficiency of government procurement practices. It represents CLDP’s first engagement with the Dominican judiciary and coincides with the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic’s increased emphasis on transparency initiatives.

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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