Private Sector Development

Franchising is a proven business model used to spur job creation and economic diversification. It brings about increased trade flows and viable foreign direct investment. Through franchising, countries are able to develop the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, align with international health and safety standards, expand access to global supply chain resources, and increase the skill set of the local labor force. Franchising is also a known catalyst for commercial diplomacy, enabling diverse cultures to find common ground through branded consumer goods and services.

CLDP has been supporting the development of a viable franchise market throughout the globe, including Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, and Georgia. CLDP, in cooperation with the International Trade Administration’s Franchise Industry Team, the International Franchise Association, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and local franchise associations, provides a wide range of technical assistance to foreign governments and prospective franchise investors, that aims to:

  • Foster a legal and commercial environment conducive to franchising,
  • Increase the capacity of local investors so that they can in turn acquire and sustain franchises in their market,
  • Facilitate exchanges between franchisors and prospective franchisees, and
  • Support U.S. franchisors’ expansion into new markets.

Upcoming Programs

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

 CLDP coaches will be working with the 2 Maldivian Vis Moot teams on written advocacy. The coaches will be conducting weekly webinars with the teams on helping them draft research their legal issues, formulate their arguments, and write their memoranda. First, the teams will focus on writing their claimant’s memorandum. Then, the teams will focus on writing their respondent’s memorandum. Once the teams have completed their briefs, they will focus on preparing their oral arguments. 

CLDP in Action

September 4, 2020 - October 2, 2020
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From September 4 to October 2, CLDP, in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh College of Law, hosted a Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp for the incoming 2020-2021 CLDP sponsored teams who will compete in the 28th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot).