Qatar

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.

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.

March 13, 2019 - March 14, 2019

Qatar: CLDP Leads Assessment of Capacity Building Needs in Public/Private Partnerships

On March 13-14, 2019, in Doha, Qatar, CLDP conducted an assessment of training and capacity-building needs in the area of public private partnerships (PPP). In coordination with DOC commercial specialists and a Department of State political-economic officer, CLDP met with officials from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), the Ministry of Public Health, and the Public Works Authority to assess needs and to determine receptivity to PPP workshops and other capacity building. Discussions included the status of the draft PPP law, the creation of a PPP unit at MOCI consisting of legal and regulatory, planning and feasibility, and project administration groups, and planned PPPs in the schools and hospitals sectors.

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018

Qatar: CLDP Leads Workshop on Framework Agreements and Electronic Procurement

On September 18-19, in Doha, CLDP held its second workshop to support the Qatar Ministry of Finance Office of Procurement Regulation’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support broader transparency, efficiency, and harmonized standards in Qatar.  Over the past decade, Qatar has initiated several large infrastructure and development projects and will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has required it to reform its commercial legal framework.  CLDP's workshop supported the newly formed working group of key ministries, agencies, and stakeholders that will develop the government procurement regime. Expert-advisors for the program included U.S. officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and a World Bank procurement consultant.  GSA experts discussed best practices to develop and create framework agreements for commercial commodities and services, primarily focusing on pre-qualification evaluation and cost analysis from using such agreements.  Several sessions also reviewed international standards for standardized electronic procurement, with a key emphasis on e-advertising platforms. The workshop is part of a series of programs on procurement best practices in Qatar, which will help level the playing field for domestic and U.S. companies bidding on government contracts.

December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017

Qatar: CLDP Leads Workshop on Procurement Law Reform

On December 12-13, CLDP held its first workshop to support the Qatar Ministry of Finance Office of Procurement Regulation’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support broader transparency, efficiency and harmonized standards in Qatar.  Over the past decade, Qatar has initiated several large infrastructure and development projects and will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has required it to reform its commercial legal framework.  CLDP's workshop supported the newly formed working group of key ministries, agencies and stakeholders that will develop the government procurement regime. Expert-advisors for the program included the chief procurement and contracting officer from the Executive Office of the President, Commerce's senior attorney for contracting, and a World Bank procurement consultant.  Experts discussed U.S. procurement best practices in ensuring transparent and efficient standards, including electronic procurement systems, framework agreements, bid protest mechanisms, and ensuring adequate standards for technical evaluations. Following the workshop, on December 14, CLDP organized a roundtable with private sector stakeholders to discuss challenges and practical solutions to Qatar's government tendering process, in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Doha and the American Chamber of Commerce (Qatar chapter).  During the course of the roundtable, participants requested future CLDP programming on e-procurement systems and other solutions to help attract American companies to the region.  The workshop and roundtable are the first in a series of programs on procurement best practices in Qatar, which will help level the playing field for domestic and international companies bidding on government contracts.

October 14, 2017

CLDP To Provide Preparatory Training Sessions for 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East Moot

On October 12-14 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in cooperation with Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), the University Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE), and MENA Chambers Bahrain held a preparatory training in Manama, Bahrain, aimed to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March-April 2018.

February 9, 2017

3rd Annual Arbitrator Roundtable

On February 9, CLDP and the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center co-hosted the third annual regional arbitration roundtable. The program included more than 60 arbitrators from around the MENA region and focused on the review and legal analysis of the Vis-Moot simulated case study as well as the role of arbitrators, particularly in addressing substantive and procedural issues. Participants went on to arbitrate in one or more Vis Pre-Moot competition round. 

February 7, 2017 - February 11, 2017

CLDP 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

On February 7-11 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in coordination with the Kuwait International Law School (KILAW), UNCITRAL, International Court of Arbitration (ICC), MENA Chambers, the University of Pittsburg (CILE), and Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), CLDP hosted the 7th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot was a 5-day regional event that brought together 15 teams from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to compete. The program developed the oral advocacy skills of the law students and allowed them to practice their argumentation in front of over 60 international and regional arbitrators and practitioners.