Documents

Legal Guide to Investing in Power Generation in Iraq

In an effort to promote foreign investment in Iraq, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), along with other key partners, has been developing material to guide potential investors. The present Legal Guide to Investment in Power Generation in Iraq (“Legal Guide”) follows those efforts by focusing on a sector that is in particular demand by the people of Iraq and accordingly can benefit from private sector involvement.  Specifically, Iraq has suffered, in the past decade, from a chronic power shortage, which has not been alleviated from traditional public sector development and operations. Given the significant gap between supply and demand for power, as well as the Iraqi government’s commitment to this sector, investment in power generation offers considerable opportunities for investors willing to assume associated risks.

The Legal Guidebook is available here in both PDF and EPUB format.

 

Understanding Power Project Financing

As part of the "Understanding Series" of reference handbooks published by Power Africa, in February 2016, CLDP (in partnership with the African Legal Support Facility) brought together a group of world-class legal, policy and financial experts to draft a guide on power project financing. The new handbook, Understanding Power Project Financing, is the culmination of months of consultations with public and private sector stakeholders from Africa, the United States and Europe. The handbook is intended to provide decision-makers with an overview of the structuring of private investment and financing for power projects and insight into the important supporting role that governments play.

Legal Guide to Investment in Iraq

As Iraq looks to increase economic growth and development, the need to attract local and foreign investment is ever more clear and present. From investing in infrastructure to the housing sector, energy to public services, one thing is clear: the opportunities in Iraq are abundant and the country is ready to welcome and engage investors from all over the world.

CLDP Launches PPA Handbook at Powering Africa Summit

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30 January 2015

“Understanding Power Purchase Agreements” brings together insights from government, financial and private sector experts to identify best practices for structuring and balancing power project contracts. As part of a week-long series of programs focused on expanding access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the Commercial Law Development Program officially launched the print version of the “Understanding Power Purchase Agreements” handbook. The development and drafting of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Handbook, which was funded by USAID and conducted through a partnership between CLDP and the Africa Legal Support Facility, explains the core elements of a PPA and provides the reader with an understanding of the balancing of risk between the developer, financier and host government that is necessary to reach bankability. The hope is that this open-source knowledge sharing tool can help shorted the multi-year negotiations required for PPAs by reducing misconceptions and building a consensus around best practices.

The updated version of the book, Version 1.2, was first made available on January 22 through CLDP’s website. On January 27, CLDP participated in a Twitter chat with other USG agencies to highlight the PPA Handbook and other Commerce efforts to support Power Africa. On January 28, the PPA Handbook was held out by both USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Power Africa Coordinator Andy Herscowitz as a key example of the knowledge building efforts within Power Africa at the Power Africa Private Sector Partners Meeting. On January 29 and 30, CLDP distributed print copies of the PPA Handbook as part of the Powering Africa Summit, where Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Matthew Murray, highlighted the important role the handbook will play in building trust between the private sector and Africa governments as part of his remarks to the conference delegates. The PPA Handbook was well received at all three events and has already garnered significant praise from the power community.

Additional detail on the diverse groups of authors who contributed to the book, the drafting process and the consultations that established the need for this resource can be found here: http://go.usa.gov/FBzH.

CLDP's mission is to improve the legal environment for doing business in developing and transitional countries around the globe and thereby foster greater political stability and economic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and U.S. companies alike. CLDP serves as a resource for federal agencies, US businesses, foreign governments and foreign businesses by organizing seminars, workshops, and conferences and by providing training consultations in the US and other countries for foreign delegations. CLDP attorneys, resident advisors, program specialists and administrative personnel are multicultural and have expertise in international business, commercial law, trade relations and development assistance. When designing and implementing programs, CLDP also draws on expertise from various US Government agencies, multilateral and international organizations, educational institutions and the private sector.

CLDP Publishes Georgian Copyright Association’s Quarterly COPYRIGHT Magazine

CLDP supported the publication of the 6th edition of the Georgian Copyright Association's quarterly magazine Copyright, which aims to increase public awareness on copyright issues, to identify and solve existing problems in this field, and to identify new authors and performers while promoting Georgian culture.

CLDP Publishes First Judicial Intellectual Property Benchbook for Bosnia and Herzegovina

As a culmination of its ongoing program of judicial capacity building and IP enforcement for Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), CLDP published the first Judicial Intellectual Property Benchbook for BiH.

Regional Workshop on the Practical Approaches to IP Utilization and Protection in Africa

About 170 East, West, and Southern African IP officials, IP practitioners, IP stakeholders, and private sector, from 19 Anglophone and Francophone African countries gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March 19-21, 2013 to discuss and learn about the practical approaches, successes, challenges and future strategies to the protection and utilization of IP as a facilitator of innvation, entrepreneurship, trade and investment. 

Ukraine: Workshop on Adjudication of Intellectual Property Infringement Cases

CLDP, in cooperation with the National School of Judges and the Higher Commercial Court of Ukraine, held a three-day workshop on Adjudication of Intellectual Property Infringement Cases in Yalta, Ukraine, July 20-22. In attendance were 21 judges from commercial courts and appeals courts throughout Ukraine as well as experts from the National School of Judges. The presentations and case studies for the workshop were prepared in direct response to questions and issues which had been previously sent to CLDP by the Ukrainian judges. Topics discussed during the workshop included trade dress and product packaging and design, trademark conflicts, remedies in IPR litigation, copyright infringement including collective copyright management organizations, trade secrets, and internet issues in IPR cases.

Workshop on the Improvement of Interagency Coordination of Intellectual Property Protection in Ukraine

On May 14-16, 2012, CLDP held a workshop in Lviv, Ukraine focusing on coordination of enforcement and adjudication of IP issues. Advisors from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the World Customs Organization, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement joined CLDP to work towards the creation of an IP interagency working group.

CLDP in Action

September 27, 2016 - September 29, 2016

From September 27-29, CLDP hosted a Workshop on Anti-Corruption: Government Ethics, Transparency, and Corporate Compliance in Kiev, Ukraine for 70 Ukrainian business leaders and government officials. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, General Counsel Kelly Welsh, Deputy General Counsel Josh Berman, and U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch all spoke during the workshop.