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

March 10, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Middle East, South Asia and Eastern Europe: CLDP Conducts 10th Annual Pre-Moot Competition

Amidst the global impact of the coronavirus, the Annual Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna and Hong Kong was cancelled. More than 400 teams from over 80 countries had anticipated to compete in the premier program this April. In response, on March 10-14, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CLDP, in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Legal Education and the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, successfully converted the 10th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot into a virtual Vis Pre-Moot. The virtual pre-moot was the first to showcase a virtual program that was able to connect participants from around the globe simultaneously, overcoming technical obstacles that could impede connections. Additionally, CLDP and its partners developed virtual tools that improved mooting practices, such as virtual moot rules, automatic scoring, and electronic grade submissions. The pre-moot program provided a series of live sessions, recorded lectures, interactive virtual breakout sessions, and practice rounds. The highlight of the 5-day virtual program was a two-day competition, consisting of general rounds and elimination rounds, along with a “virtual gala.” The winner of the event was the Royal University of Colombo. More than 100 attorneys from around the globe volunteered their time to serve as advisors and arbitrators. The Vienna organizers have now called on CLDP to assist them in converting this year’s global moot into a virtual event. CLDP will now be working closely to support the Moot organizers in Vienna next month in designing and implementing the global event so as to enable the 400+ registered teams to submit their required oral arguments for competition. For more information, please visit: http://premoot.bcdr-aaa.org/.

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.

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.