Launch of Understanding Power Purchase Agreements in South Africa

March 26, 2015

South African publication Engineering News highlights the launch of CLDP's handbook Understanding Power Purchase Agreements.

On March 26th, CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner led the launch of the handbook, which was drafted in early November 2014 with funding by USAID and conducted through a partnership between CLDP and the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF).  The March 26 program, hosted by DLA Cliffe Dekker Hoffmyer in Johannesburg, South Africa, introduced the handbook to the South African power sector and included a panel discussion with the handbook authors and a reception that brought together leading project developers, banks and law firms.

The publication is intended to provide an overview of PPAs and the obligations, risks and remedies that are found within them. The text was drafted by a group of international experts including contributors from governments, development banks, private banks and leading international law firms, and will prove a beneficial tool for the negotiation of PPAs as well as build capacity within African governments to understand PPAs. This project was developed as part of President Obama's Power Africa initiative and provides a common foundation for governments and the private sector to use for the negotiation of complex project agreements.

 

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.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings served to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted. This series of meetings also connected the Afghan and Czech private sector and business communities, ultimately outlining an actionable road map including a business forum and eventual trade show. Through these conversations, private sector representatives from both countries, along with the Ambassador, discussed the existing barriers to trade between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, and raised proposed recommendations to incorporate into the plan as the business forum approaches.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030.