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

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.