Resources

Latest Documents

Guide Pratique d’Export de l'Aartisanat Tunisien vers les États-Unis

Tags: Trade, Tunisia

Iraq Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), created jointly with Iraqi officials, an Arbitration Guidebook to help Iraqi lawyers in the government and in the private sector draft effective and enforceable arbitration clauses.

 

في محاولة لتشجيع الاستثمار الأجنبي في العراق، تم وضع برنامج تطوير القانون التجاري (CLDP)، بالاشتراك مع مسؤولين عراقيين، وهو دليل تحكيم لمساعدة المحامين العراقيين في الحكومة وفي القطاع الخاص على صياغة فقرات تحكيم فعالة وقابلة للتنفيذ

Tags: Iraq

Understanding Power Project Procurement

Understanding Power Project Procurement

As part of the "Understanding Series" of reference handbooks published by Power Africa, in September 2017, CLDP (in partnership with the African Legal Support Facility) brought together a group of world-class legal, policy and regulatory experts to draft a guide on power project procurement. The new handbook, Understanding Power Project Procurement, is the culmination of extensive consultations with public and private sector stakeholders from Africa and the United States. The handbook is intended to serve as a practical resource for decision-makers on the policy and strategy behind the procurement of power projects.

Latest News

U.S. and Sri Lankan Experts Gather to Unleash Sri Lanka’s Trade Potential

From November 29-December 1, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce held three seminars on trade policy with more than 70 key decision makers and technical experts from various Sri Lankan ministries, agencies, research institutes, trade policy think tanks, and Chambers of Commerce.

“Sri Lanka can count on the United States as a partner to help unleash the trade potential of Sri Lankan companies,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap.

 

Read full text here: https://lk.usembassy.gov/american-sri-lankan-experts-gather-unleash-sri-lankas-trade-potential/

Launch of Understanding Power Purchase Agreements in South Africa

South African publication Engineering News highlights the launch of CLDP's handbook Understanding Power Purchase Agreements.

On March 26th, CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner led the launch of the handbook, which was drafted in early November 2014 with funding by USAID and conducted through a partnership between CLDP and the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF).  The March 26 program, hosted by DLA Cliffe Dekker Hoffmyer in Johannesburg, South Africa, introduced the handbook to the South African power sector and included a panel discussion with the handbook authors and a reception that brought together leading project developers, banks and law firms.

The publication is intended to provide an overview of PPAs and the obligations, risks and remedies that are found within them. The text was drafted by a group of international experts including contributors from governments, development banks, private banks and leading international law firms, and will prove a beneficial tool for the negotiation of PPAs as well as build capacity within African governments to understand PPAs. This project was developed as part of President Obama's Power Africa initiative and provides a common foundation for governments and the private sector to use for the negotiation of complex project agreements.

 

General Counsel Welsh Promotes Commercial Law Development in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

 

U.S. Department of Commerce General Counsel Kelly Welsh met with government officials and business leaders in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia this week to strengthen ties with regional counterparts and to assess challenges U.S. businesses face in the those countries. The General Counsel’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) organized the trip as part of ongoing efforts to improve the legal environment for American companies doing business in the Middle East.


The Crown Prince of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa welcomed General Counsel Welsh at the Riffa Palace, where they discussed the importance of strong economic ties between the United States and Bahrain. They also discussed steps taken to advance the commercial legal system in Bahrain, which will enhance the ease of doing business and attract foreign investment. His Excellency the Minister of Industry and Commerce Zayed Rashid Al Zayani commented during the meeting on the strong ties between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s CLDP and the Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
 

General Counsel Welsh focused on entrepreneurship developments in Bahrain at a roundtable with members of the business community, and offered suggestions on how to create a legal environment that is conducive to investment and growth. Welsh and the delegation also discussed ways to advance U.S. and international investments in Bahrain with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce.
 

In Saudi Arabia, General Counsel Welsh discussed the role of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in modernizing commercial law in Saudi Arabia with His Excellency Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of SAGIA, and His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
 

General Counsel Welsh also met with the senior leadership of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), including Vice Governor Mr. Abdulaziz S. Al-Furaih. SAMA officials highlighted the Saudi bankruptcy law draft being circulated for review, and they noted steps the Saudi Arabian government is taking to promote anti-corruption. The SAMA officials indicated their desire to cooperate with CLDP on insolvency laws in the Kingdom. They also discussed ways to enhance the climate for investments in the United States by Saudi Arabian entities and individuals.


General Counsel Welsh also discussed joint programming to enhance commercial law modernization in Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East with the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry (MCI) for Legal Affairs, Dr. Fahad Abu Hamed. In addition, General Counsel Welsh met with the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Chairman H.E. Mr. Mohammed Al-Jadaan, who briefed the General Counsel on the progress the CMA and MCI legal teams were making in advancing the commercial legal infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation hosted the Commerce delegation to discuss its role in leading IPR programming to increase IPR awareness and capacity in Saudi Arabia and the entire Middle East region.
 

In all of these meetings and forums, General Counsel Welsh and CLDP stressed the importance of a strong commercial rule of law to economic development and the value of CLDP in those efforts. In conversations with business leaders in the country, the General Counsel discussed ways to improve the legal and business environment in Saudi Arabia for U.S. and Saudi Arabian businesses. By promoting transparent and predictable legal systems around the world, the Department of Commerce is focused on fostering a global business climate that fosters growth and innovation.
 

http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2015/03/02/general-counsel-welsh-promotes-commercial-law-development-bahrain-saudi-arabia

 

http://1.usa.gov/1M3U14f

 

https://twitter.com/CommerceGov/status/572511405175386113

 

https://www.facebook.com/Commercegov/posts/10152974079412638

 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/4835/comments?topic=5978277540869992448&type=U&scope=4835&stype=C&a=VtRX&goback=%2Ebzo_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_u*3s*3*5department*5of*5commerce

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.