Sri Lanka

April 21, 2020 - April 23, 2020

ITAN Project Finance Consultations

On April 21-23, 2020 in Sydney, Australia,  CLDP will hold a week-long consultation for participants from the Ministries of Finance and relevant line ministries from South Asian countries to discuss best practices in project finance

April 7, 2020 - April 10, 2020

Pakistan and Sri Lanka: CLDP Holds U.S. Consultations on Advance Rulings for Officials from Sri Lanka and Pakistan

On April 6-9, 2020 CLDP will partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to host officials from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Washington, D.C. for consultations on Advance Rulings. 

October 20, 2019 - October 22, 2019

United Arab Emirates: CLDP Completed Phase I of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On October 20-22, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP held Phase I, which is the official launch, of the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Vis Moot is one of the most prestigious commercial arbitration competition in the world, which is held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. CLDP’s Middle East program is a multi-phased program aimed to prepare student participants in the areas of written and oral advocacy in order to help them prepare for the competition. For Phase I, CLDP hosted around 16 teams from 9 countries, including, the UAE, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Students dissected and analyzed this year’s problem and created an outline of their written argument. The Vis Moot program helps promote alternative dispute resolution in the Middle East and South Asia, which in turn helps promote a better business enabling environment by creating better contract enforcement mechanisms in the region.

August 19, 2019 - August 21, 2019

Sri Lanka: CLDP Assists with Transparency Provisions of the WTO TFA

On August 19-21, 2019, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CLDP held a conference in cooperation with the World Bank and Sri Lanka Customs on Article I of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA). Experts from the International Trade Administration provided guidance to Sri Lanka on its 1.4 notification, and reviewed Sri Lanka’s methodology for setting the country’s definitive dates for “Category C” under the TFA. As a result of the conference, Sri Lanka has resolved to publish draft regulations, to receive comments, and to use transition periods in the enforcement of regulations in line with Good Regulatory Practice.

June 11, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Sri Lanka: Tech Transfer Consultations

On June 19-20, CLDP joined a twelve member USG delegation that participated in a U.S./Sri Lanka Trade Investment Framework Council Meeting. Assistant USTR for South Asia Chris Wilson led this meeting that focused on trade issues raised by both sides that included: ease of doing business, market access, digital economy, WTO issues, trade policy, trade capacity building, IPR and the Indo-Pacific Strategy. These were a combination of issues that were important to U.S. companies interested in investing in Sri Lanka and also to Sri Lanka’s overall economic development. CLDP contributed substantially to the discussions, highlighting current and upcoming assistance as a response to almost all issues raised. The two sides agreed upon a Joint Statement upon conclusion of the meeting. 

May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Indo-Pacific Public-Private Partnership Consultations

On May 13-16, CLDP conducted a workshop on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for a delegation from the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

April 25, 2019 - April 26, 2019

South Asia: CLDP to Host Regional Consultations On Developing a Competitive Cross-Border Market

On April 25 and 26, CLDP in partnership with SARI-E, hosted participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to discuss the development of governance structures for a regional market.

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

MENA Region: CLDP Hosts the 9th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, hosted the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. The competition brought together 17 teams consisting of more than 100 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Colombo from Sri Lanka won the competition and the Royal Institute of Colombo, also from Sri Lanka, took second place. Before the competition, CLDP’s Vis Moot mentors and coaches conducted a three-day training. This five-day program was designed to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (“the Vis Moot”) that takes place annually in April in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.