CLDP Honored by the Secretary of Commerce for Commercial Law Technical Assistance in Iraq

January 27, 2015

In January 2015, four CLDP staff, Deputy Chief Counsel Marc Tejtel, Operations Manager Harry Hill, Attorney Advisor Hamada Zahawi and International Program Specialist Adam Al-Sarraf, received the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award for sharing expertise that led to a legal environment in Iraq that is friendly to international arbitration and that recognizes arbitration agreements and awards. The Gold Medal is given by the Secretary of Commerce to employees for distinguished achievement in the Federal Service. CLDP’s success in Iraq was achieved through multi-phase programs with Iraq’s key judicial and legislative institutions, which focused on the importance of international arbitration for attracting investment and trade. CLDP’s joint programming with the Iraqi government ultimately led to Iraq’s intention to join the ICSID convention and its courts adoption of international principles to recognize international arbitration agreements under Iraqi law.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

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