Transparency & Governance

CLDP provides support to governments seeking to improve the level of transparency in laws, regulations, agreements and other practices affecting business or trade.

Government Procurement

CLDP advises host governments in their efforts to develop efficient, transparent, and impartial government contracting infrastructure. Such programs address accession to and compliance with international government procurement agreements, implementation of necessary legislative and regulatory frameworks, and the training of critical contracting personnel.

Legislation

CLDP holds consultations with lawmakers, government officials and the private sector that focus on ensuring clarity and openness in legislative drafting.

Regulation

CLDP supports government efforts to develop notice and comment procedures for policy setting and rule-making in addition to developing freedom of information policies and procedures. CLDP programs also focus on developing ethics policies and financial disclosure statements for government workers and defining appeal and protest rights and procedures for courts and agencies.

Regulatory Bodies

CLDP organizes technical assistance and skills training for regulatory bodies to build their institutional capacity to conduct audits and investigations.

Judicial Opinions

CLDP works with judges to improve the efficiency and organization of judicial opinions.

Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

CLDP in Action

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

On February 13-14, in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the National Committee for Public Procurement and the Moroccan Competition Council, CLDP conducted a two-day workshop on best practices in investigating and prosecuting bid-rigging and other anti-competitive practices in public tenders. While Morocco has made significant efforts to ensure open competition in its public procurement system, significant challenges still remain, including the prevalence of bid-rigging, cartels and other anti-competitive practices by companies, which often prevents US and foreign companies from being able to receive contracts. Recent legislation has also empowered Morocco’s Competition Council, which is tasked with investigative anti-competitive practices and has been empowered to levy fines against companies. However, these developments have raised jurisdictional questions within the Moroccan legal framework, which were discussed at length during the workshop to ensure coordination and cooperation between Morocco’s relevant authorities to efficiently and transparently investigate and prosecute anti-competitive workshops. This week’s workshop was organized as part of CLDP’s broader programming effort to increase transparency and competition in Morocco’s public procurement system and included sessions led by prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.