Transparency & Governance

August 17, 2020 - August 22, 2020

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka: Transparency International School on Integrity

From August 17th - 22nd, 2020, CLDP sponsored 8 Afghan students’ and 3 Sri Lankan students’ participation in Transparency International’s annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. 

March 1, 2020 - March 5, 2020

Sri Lanka PPP Study Tour

On March 1-5, CLDP led a delegation from Sri Lanka to the P3C Conference in Dallas, which is the largest conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

Nepal: Workshop on Public-Private Partnership Procurement

On February 24-26, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

Morocco: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Combatting Anti-Competitive Practices in Procurement

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. 

January 16, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Dominican Republic: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Government Procurement for SMEs

On January 16-17, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop on best practices in government procurement directed to small and medium-sized enterprises and women-owned businesses in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

Honduras: Optimizing Operations Through Intergovernmental Cooperation and Centrally-Published Information

On November 19-20, 2019, CLDP, in collaboration with ITA, CBP, and USDA, conducted a trade facilitation workshop on optimizing operations through intergovernmental cooperation and centrally-published information for more than 70 government officials and private sector representatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Inefficient agency coordination and disjointed publication of information collectively reduce the efficacy and transparency of the regulatory process in Honduras, further engendering distrust between the private and public sectors. To address these areas of need, Commerce conducted a workshop that set forth best practices on optimizing operations through intergovernmental cooperation and centrally-published information.

Honduran government participants included representatives from the Ministries of Customs, Economic Development, Finances, Infrastructure, National Agri-Food Health and Safety Service, and the Health Regulation Agency. They were joined by their counterparts from Guatemalan and Costa Rican Ministries of Economy, Customs, and Agriculture. From the Honduran private sector, the Honduran Council on Private Enterprise, American Chamber of Commerce in Honduras, and the National Federation of Customs Agents participated.

After opening remarks from Honduran Vice President Maria Antonia Rivera and U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Fernando Cossich, experts showcased best practices for effective coordination among agencies, consolidation of information related to import and export procedures, and uniform publication of information across agency websites. Representatives from the governments of Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala as well as the Honduran private sector each presented their perspectives and plans to continue facilitating trade through enhanced transparency and coordination. The workshop concluded with an interactive case study showcasing the importance of incorporating the private sector and governmental priorities in allocating technical assistance funding.

In preparation for the workshop, the Honduran participants performed internal assessments of their respective ministry’s implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) Article 1. Specifically, participants compiled an inventory of current procedures and documents related to TFA Art. 1.1 that can only be found or completed in paper form, current procedures and documents related to Art. 1.1 that can only be found or completed online, and current plans and strategies to publish the procedures, documents, and information related to TFA Art. 1.1 online. In addition, participants examined TFA Art. 8.1, border agency cooperation, and identified the gaps in communication and cooperation between their ministries to support publication of trade information. The Article 1 assessment exercise served as the foundation for Honduras to improve its interagency coordination and create its TFA Art. 1.4 transparency notification, which outlines the official sites where trade-related information is published. The Honduran government presented the final notification at the workshop and plans to submit the notification to the WTO in the coming weeks.

As a result of this workshop, the Honduran government has improved its interagency coordination and increased its understanding of the importance of publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy to access manner. This workshop is part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination for the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

September 25, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Qatar: CLDP Leads First PPP Workshop and Provides Comments on Draft PPP Law

On September 25-26, 2019, in Doha, Qatar, CLDP led its first workshop on best practices in public-private partnerships (PPPs) with an interagency working group comprised of the Qatar Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Office of the Prime Minister, and Ministry of Public Works. The workshop focused on a specific case study on structuring PPPs for waste treatment plants and addressed key concepts such as valuation and cost-benefit analysis of PPP projects. The workshop followed a CLDP assessment and CLDP comments on a newly-proposed PPP law that is expected to become effective later this year. 

September 24, 2019 - September 25, 2019

Honduras: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Technical Aspects of Microgrids

On September 24-25, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop for the Honduran energy regulator, energy ministry and electricity utility on technical aspects of microgrid regulations. The workshop covered electricity rate design, energy efficiency, and interconnection. The workshop was a follow-up to the CLDP-led study tour in May 2019 to Puerto Rico. The Honduran regulator will be procuring a consultant in early 2020 with the financial assistance of the Interamerican Development Bank to draft the microgrid regulations. Microgrids represent an opportunity for both rural electrification and economic development in rural and industrial areas. Due to the degradation of Honduras's transmission and distribution lines, American companies, particularly textiles companies looking to take advantage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, have been more hesitant to invest in Honduras for fear of burning out expensive equipment in a power outage. By allowing companies or industrial parks to have their own microgrids, it will spur economic development and job creation.

August 8, 2019 - August 13, 2019

Dominican Republic: Workshop on Best Practices in Government Procurement and Contract Administration for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

On August 8-9 and 12-13, 2019, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP conducted two workshops on government procurement and contract administration for disaster preparedness and emergency response for more than 100 representatives of Dominican government institutions responsible for citizen security, including the National 911 Emergency and Security System and the Center for Emergency Operations.