Tunisia

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 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 21, 2019

The Maldives: CLDP Leads Workshops on Arbitration and Mediation

On August 21, 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP led a workshop on technical aspects of successfully exporting handicrafts for 100 local small and medium-sized enterprises that produce artisanal products. The exercise included guidance on design for foreign markets, interaction with professional buyers, customer service, contract negotiations, and procedural aspects of shipping and customs clearance. This is part of a multi-year year effort to assist Tunisia in increasing handicraft exports through recommendations based on international best practices. Artisans represent the second largest employment sector, after agriculture, with 350,000 jobs in Tunisia. They are often located in remote areas where the local population is more susceptible to radicalization if unemployed. This type of traditional work has proven an effective economic development tool for the less educated and less mobile rural populations. Since CLDP’s effort started, handicraft exports to the U.S. have tripled. 

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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.

April 11, 2019 - April 18, 2019

CLDP to sponsor Middle East Law Schools to compete in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On April 11-18, 2019, CLDP sponsored two Middle East law schools: Iraqyia College of Law and Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunisto participate in the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria. 

April 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

Tunisian Delegation Participates in UNCTAD e-Commerce Week 2019

On April 1-5, 2019 CLDP facilitated the attendance of a group of government and non-government representatives from Tunisia to e-Commerce Week 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.  e-Commerce week is an annual event organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.  CLDP also organized additional meetings for the benefit of the Tunisians.  This event assisted Tunisia in developing policies and laws that encourage e-Commerce by adding to the participants' knowledge of issues and acquaintance with international organizations.

April 1, 2019 - April 2, 2019

MENA: CLDP Facilitates Participation in INSOL 13th Annual Judicial Colloquium

On April 1-2, in Singapore, CLDP, in coordination with INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals), supported the participation of judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in the 13th INSOL Judicial Colloquium. INSOL International is a global federation of associations including lawyers, judges and accountants that aims to increase international cooperation and communication in the insolvency profession. The INSOL Judicial Colloquium is the only global venue for judges from around the world to share best practices in restructuring and liquidation procedures. This year is the first time that these four countries have participated in the Colloquium and CLDP plans to leverage INSOL’s extensive network and resources, such as its World Bank-funded Judicial Training College, to support its ongoing programming with MENA judges. The Colloquium provided the MENA judges with the opportunity to apply modern bankruptcy principles to hypothetical case studies and to receive practical guidance from senior judges from more advanced bankruptcy jurisdictions. CLDP plans to develop joint programs with INSOL over the next two years to expand its judicial training activities.

March 31, 2019 - April 3, 2019

MENA: CLDP Trains Judges to Effectively Implement New Bankruptcy Laws

On March 31 and April 3, in Singapore, CLDP organized trainings for judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia on the role of courts in managing restructuring and liquidation procedures. The trainings focused specifically on court administration, cross-border judicial cooperation and ensuring compliance with bankruptcy procedures. Since 2016, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have passed new bankruptcy laws, which all include modern restructuring mechanisms. In Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, prior to the enactment of these laws, bankruptcy was synonymous with liquidation and courts were not used as a venue to rescue companies or to prevent their failure. CLDP assisted in developing these new statutes and is now conducting a multi-phase program focused on the implementation of these mechanisms, with a specific concentration on judicial capacity building. The trainings in Singapore this week have been led by senior U.S. bankruptcy judges from the Southern District of New York. Trainings also included presentations by World Bank and private sector experts on the impact of restructurings and judicial decision-making on the credit market and the larger economic outlook of a country. The trainings emphasized the importance of transparency, consistency and predictability in the management of bankruptcies to maximize value and build confidence in the bankruptcy process.

March 17, 2019 - March 20, 2019

CLDP to Sponsor Algerian and Tunisian Delegations to Franchise Expo Paris

On March 17-20, 2019, CLDP sponsored delegations of franchising stakeholders from Algeria and Tunisia, including government officials and private-sector executives, in which they attended a workshop and visited an expo focused on international franchising in Paris, France.