Morocco

July 30, 2020

Morocco – Webinar on Global Artisan Brands’ Response to COVID-19

CLDP will host a webinar in partnership with By hand Consulting to increase the export preparedness of artisans in Morocco. The presentation will focus on how the U.S. market for global handmade products has been impacted by COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, the path forward may be unclear for many small businesses. This webinar will help local artisans understand changes in demand of U.S. businesses that are within their target markets, highlight brands that are innovating and excelling despite market challenges, and outline simple ways to stay connected to customers by using impactful messaging. The webinar will be 35-40 minutes long.

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 13, 2020 - January 18, 2020

Morocco: CLDP Provides Technical Support for Handicraft Exports

On January 13-18, 2020, in Marrakech, CLDP led a series of activities focusing on increasing handicraft exports. The first activity involved an assessment of the largest handicraft exposition. In addition, CLDP led a workshop on streamlining handicraft exports and launched the new Handicraft Export Guide. Second only to agriculture in terms of employment, the handicraft sector in Morocco is essential for income distribution and job growth across socio-economic levels, particularly for women, and is an important factor in maintaining social and political stability.

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. 

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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June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

MENA: Regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference

On June 25-27, 2019, CLDP organized a regional conference on mediation in Tunis, Tunisia, bringing together more than 110 participants from the justice sectors of Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria. The conference focused on the use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes with sessions facilitated by subject-matter experts from the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services, and current and former U.S. judges. Topics included the role of courts in encouraging mediation, the legal framework supporting mediation, enforcement of mediated settlements, mediation rules and practices, and standards for the conduct of mediators. Additionally, each delegation presented on recent developments in mediation in their countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are considering adopting new mediation statutes. CLDP hopes that this program will lead to increased recourse to mediation as a tool to resolve contractual disputes and ultimately contribute to a more attractive legal environment for cross-border business in the region.

June 17, 2019 - June 18, 2019

Morocco: Workshop on Developing an Effective Bankruptcy Ecosystem

On June 17-18, 2019, CLDP will conduct a workshop in Marrakech, 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 U.S. companies and investors doing business in Morocco as the prior legal framework lacked sufficient protections and predictability. The workshop will include judges, trustees, lawyers and public prosecutors from across the country who each play a vital role in the success of Morocco’s new bankruptcy procedures. CLDP has been working in Morocco for the last several years to incorporate U.S. and international best practices into the new Moroccan bankruptcy law and to train government and private sector stakeholders on the new procedures that will help protect creditor rights. Next week’s workshop faculty will include a U.S. federal bankruptcy judge from Puerto Rico and a bankruptcy partner from Mayer Brown Houston, in addition to several Moroccan experts.

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April 23, 2019 - April 25, 2019

Morocco: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

From April 23-25, 2019, CLDP organized a workshop on technology transfer and intellectual property in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for over 30 government officials, academics, and researchers in Fès, Morocco. By strengthening the capacity of technology transfer stakeholders to manage intellectual property rights, CLDP is helping achieve U.S. foreign policy goals to promote a more conducive business and investment environment in Morocco.

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

MENA: CLDP Holds Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

On October 30-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), organized a regional workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on the commercialization of technology for the Middle East and North Africa region. The workshop promoted technology-based entrepreneurship and strengthened local capacity by bringing together government officials and technology transfer stakeholders to discuss technology management. More than 60 participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Bahrain attended. Subject-matter experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Technology Transfer, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University focused on practical case studies and management skills such as commercialization metrics, valuation of technology, licensing and assignments, negotiation, and marketing strategies. At the end of the workshop, participants made concrete recommendations that included the development of intellectual property policies for universities and a more advanced train-the-trainer program for experienced technology transfer managers. By strengthening intellectual property rights in the MENA region through technology transfer programs, CLDP helps level the playing field for U.S. companies. CLDP’s ongoing assistance is focused on bolstering innovation and research and development commercialization in all four countries by helping to create a critical mass of in-country specialists equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully commercialize discoveries made by the academic community and act as an effective interface with the business community. 

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

MENA: CLDP Organizes Regional Insolvency Conference

On September 27-28, in Casablanca, Morocco, CLDP organized a regional conference on insolvency for 75 participants from the MENA region. In recent years, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have passed new insolvency laws that are in line with international best practices, and Kuwait is in the process of drafting a similar law. These laws allow for civil protection from creditors and for the restructuring of companies in financial peril, but success in transforming the insolvency practices in these countries will depend upon proper implementation of the new laws. For that reason, CLDP organized a regional conference for judges, lawyers, trustees, and other stakeholders from each of these 5 countries to come together to hear best practices and practical examples from the U.S. and to share experiences. CLDP expert advisors, including two U.S. federal bankruptcy judges and an insolvency expert from the UN Commission on International Trade Law spoke about the role of the judiciary in restructuring cases, cross-border insolvencies, methods of valuation, and the role of alternative dispute resolution in restructuring cases, all key considerations in the successful implementation of an effective insolvency system. This regional workshop complements CLDP’s bilateral insolvency assistance in the region, which aims to prepare the judiciaries in these countries to preside over insolvency proceedings. The new laws and their effective implementation will help these countries attract foreign investment, including U.S. investors who seek fair and predictable mechanisms for credit recovery.