Honduras: CLDP Implements Second Workshop on Microgrid Policy and Regulation

September 10, 2018 - September 11, 2018

On September 10-11, CLDP implemented its second workshop on microgrid policy and regulation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Participants included more than 30 officials from the Honduran Ministry of Energy, the national energy regulatory commission, and the government owned and operated electrical power company, among others. CLDP experts guided discussions and offered best practices on key topics for the Honduran government to consider as it contemplates microgrid policy and regulation such as financing, land use and rights of way, and the role of municipalities. Following the workshop, government regulators stated their intention to revise portions of existing regulation concerning grid interconnection. They also plan to create a model contract to be used for future microgrid projects, which will be the topic of CLDP’s next engagement for this project. This workshop represents the continuation of CLDP’s two-year project aimed at developing the legal and regulatory frameworks for microgrids to flourish in Honduras and Guatemala. Increased electrification resulting from expanded use of microgrids will spur economic development and ultimately address some of the factors that drive insecurity and migration in the region.

Upcoming Programs

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