The Middle East & North Africa

December 12, 2019 - December 14, 2019

Egypt: Port Customs Valuation

CLDP will conduct 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 12, 2019

Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center Capacity Building Training

CLDP, in cooperation with the Bahrain Center for Innovation and Technology, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and Tamkeen, will hold a 2-day roundtable to gather local stakeholders and constituents of the newly established innovation center. 

December 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia: PPP Workshop

CLDP will conduct training and consultations regarding privatization, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and foreign investment for the officials from the Government of Saudi Arabia.  International and local US lawyers will provide insight into best legal practices in privatization, PPP, and trade law in order to attract foreign partners, including US companies to develop business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. 

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.

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 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Arabian Peninsula: CLDP Conducts Judicial Procurement Training

On September 19-20, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop for judges from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain on the adjudication of procurement disputes in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

September 17, 2019 - September 18, 2019

MENA: CLDP Supported Judges’ Participation in Court Administration Conference

From September 17-18, 2019, CLDP facilitated the participation of judicial delegations from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain in the 10th Annual International Association for Court Administration’s (IACA) conference in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.