Federal Agencies

CLDP coordinates with many other U.S. federal agencies to improve the climate for business around the world. Agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide funding for CLDP to conduct training programs and consultative visits that impart government-to-government expertise on how to harmonize laws, expand trade, increase governance transparency, integrate regional economies, and achieve compliance with international obligations, among other things.

Providing technical expertise

CLDP supports the work of many U.S. federal agencies by applying specific technical expertise that can be drawn from CLDP staff, other federal agencies, and the private sector to the relevant needs of the host country. For example, CLDP's efforts in the Middle East play a significant role in advancing the U.S. Government's objectives under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI), administered by the State Department.

Increasing Enforcement Capabilities

Also, CLDP coordinates many judicial capacity building training programs in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. This furthers the IPR enforcement capabilities of the impacted countries and increases their compliance with international standards in the field. As a result, it strengthens the enforcement mechanisms of countries in which many U.S. businesses operate or seek to operate. Thus CLDP's work in this area supports the goals of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), which is aimed at shutting down the piracy and illegal trafficking of counterfeited goods on an international level.

Enabling Efficient Partnerships

Moreover, CLDP has worked closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on product standards; coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and their international counterparts; and facilitated numerous government-to-government dialogues and exchange of expertise between other U.S. federal agencies and their foreign counterparts. As a result of being able to directly identify and assess the legal reform and developmental issues that exist in a particular country, CLDP is often able to provide many federal agencies greater access to the critical decision-makers in their areas of concern and thereby create more efficient working partnerships.

If you represent a federal agency, please contact us for more information on how CLDP can work with you to help fulfill your agency's mission and objectives.

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.