The Middle East & North Africa

December 12, 2019

Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center Capacity Building Training

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

December 12, 2019 - December 14, 2019

Egypt: Port Customs Valuation

CLDP conducted a workshop on customs valuation in Safaga, Egypt December 12-14, 2019. This complements a similar workshop that took place in the ports of Alexandria and Said in August 2019.

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December 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019

Morocco: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

On December 11-13, CLDP, in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, held a workshop on technology transfer and intellectual property in Casablanca, Morocco. The U.S. Consul General in Casablanca provided opening remarks. The workshop was attended by 40 participants representing different techno-parks across Morocco and Spain, research institutions and government agencies and included a lively discussion on how to best strengthen the capacity of technology transfer stakeholders to manage intellectual property rights. This workshop was a continuation of a follow-on to a session held this past April in Fes, as part of ongoing engagement which aims to promote technology-based entrepreneurship, strengthen intellectual property rights and improve the business environment in Morocco. 

December 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts Foreign Investment Seminar

On December 9, 2019, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, CLDP presented a seminar on commercial law reforms that would attract foreign investment and promote innovation in the Saudi Arabian economy. Representatives from the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority, the National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnerships, and the Ministry of Commerce and Investment attended. Participants heard from international and local legal experts who recommended the legal changes necessary to reach the foreign investment goals set out in the Saudi Vision 2030 economic plan. Presentations focused on laws related to trade, privatization, and public private partnerships. These recommended reforms would result in significant opportunities for U.S. companies to access the Saudi market

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Morocco: CLDP Workshop Assists Stakeholders Implement New Bankruptcy Law

On November 13-14 , CLDP conducted a workshop in Casablanca, Morocco on the implementation of Morocco’s new bankruptcy law, which was passed last year. Prior to the passing of the new law, bankruptcy had presented a significant legal risk for US companies and investors doing business in Morocco as the legal framework lacked sufficient protections and predictability for creditors investing in Moroccan companies. The workshop, which is part of CLDP’s multi-phase bankruptcy programming, focused on the restructuring mechanism and the role of each stakeholder in maximizing the chances of success for failing companies. The workshop faculty included two US Federal Bankruptcy judges from New York and Maryland, in addition to two bankruptcy practitioners from the US and the UK. Through interactive sessions, the workshop faculty presented US and UK best practices in the restructuring of failing businesses, the critical elements to a successful restructuring process and lessons learned from bankruptcy cases. Attended by Moroccan public prosecutors, judges, trustees and lawyers, the workshop also served as a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange experiences and concerns about the implementation of the new law and identify areas for improvement. CLDP has been working in Morocco for the last several years to incorporate US and international best practices in the new Moroccan bankruptcy law and to train government and private sector stakeholders on the new procedures that will help protect creditor rights.

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October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Tunisia: CLDP Holds Cross-Border eCommerce Workshop

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

October 21, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Algeria: Licensing Agreements Workshop

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides technical assistance to the government of Algeria to promote innovation and entrepreneurship as a means of economic growth through funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). In support of this goal, CLDP seeks to build the capacity of the government and private sector to foster an enabling environment for technology-based entrepreneurship. In this context, from October 21-24, 2019, CLDP organized a workshop on Licensing Negotiations in Algiers, Algeria for private sector stakeholders in conjunction with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Algeria.

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.

October 16, 2019 - October 17, 2019

Saudi Arabia: CLDP Supports the Launch of the World’s First Arabic Arbitration Moot

On October 16-17, in Riyadh, in partnership with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), CLDP supported the launch of the world’s first Arabic Arbitration Moot (AAM) by hosting a two-day training session that provided Saudi students with the necessary legal skills, tools, and resources to compete in the Moot. AAM is an educational platform that engages students, academia, and practitioners to promote the use of international commercial arbitration in the Middle East. Its aim is to initiate the use of clinical legal education, develop Arabic legal scholarship, and improve the capacity of the next generation of Arabic speaking arbitration specialist in the region. The program was conducted on the margins of the SCCA’s 2nd Annual International Arbitration Conference.