CLDP Celebrates 20 years!

February 23, 2012
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.
CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner celebrates the founders of CLDP.

The Commercial Law Development Program was created in February, 1992 and on February 23, 2012, CLDP organized an event to thank the institutions and the individuals who created CLDP and/or helped it grow, and to reflect on lessons learned. Commerce Secretary Bryson emphasized the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas; he highlighted the contribution made by CLDP in fostering such environments in many countries. Ambassador Taylor echoed the Secretary’s words and praised the model cooperation between the Departments of State and the Department of Commerce, which has made it possible for CLDP to respond promptly to State’s priorities for technical assistance in commercial law, whether the beneficiary countries were former Soviet Bloc countries as in February 1992, or are Arab Spring countries as in February 2012.

In a discussion moderated by Commerce General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry, Judge Bernice B. Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Delissa Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP programs in many countries over the years. Both judges concluded that the judicial capacity building programs conducted by CLDP have resulted in two significant changes: foreign judges now realize that they can play a significant role in the economic development of their countries; they have now the expertise and the confidence to help bring about the judicial environment, adapted to their country’s specific context, that are conducive to foreign investment and trade. Awards were presented by CLDP staff to several USG officials, diplomats and private sector experts, who have made important contributions to CLDP programs and to the strengthening of the rule of law worldwide.
 

Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Commerce Secretary Bryson spoke to the importance of a modern and fair commercial law environment for US firms that export or invest overseas.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.
Judge Donald from the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Ridgway from the US Court of International Trade, reflected on their experiences with CLDP.

Upcoming Programs

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

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.

Read More about Tunisia: CLDP Holds Cross-Border eCommerce Workshop