Infrastructure

Economies rely on infrastructure to support supply chains and move goods domestically and internationally, power businesses and homes, and provide critical services such as healthcare and education. Infrastructure development also provides jobs from construction to implementation. Around the world, there is a large gap between needed infrastructure and bankable projects. CLDP works with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and other stakeholders in this space to assist foreign partners in developing bankable infrastructure projects. CLDP implements infrastructure projects in Peru, in Sub-Saharan Africa through Power Africa, and in South and Southeast Asia under the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN).

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

PPPs are long-term contracts between a private party and a government entity for providing a public asset or service. PPPs transfer risk on a sliding scale based on which party is best suited to handle the risk. CLDP works with governments to help them design legislation, regulations, and model contracts for PPPs. CLDP also provides technical assistance to governments in understanding PPP structures, how to run a PPP tender and evaluate bids, and how to negotiate contracts.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.