Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads a Government Procurement Workshop

December 13, 2016 - December 15, 2016
USAID Mission Director Arthur Brown delivers opening remarks on December 13

From December 13-15, CLDP led a workshop on best practices in planning, adjudicating, and managing government acquisitions in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On December 13, the workshop brought together more than 25 officials from the Dominican Republic’s General Directorate of Government Procurement (DGCP), including its Director General, as well as procurement officials from eight other government institutions, including the Ministry of the Interior and Police, the Ministry of Public Works, and the Ministry of Health. The USAID Mission Director, Arthur Brown, gave welcoming remarks for the workshop, which is the first training in a multi-phase program to strengthen the Dominican government’s public procurement processes in order to improve citizen security and increase access for small and women-owned businesses. The specific objective of this training was to build the capacity of the DGCP and various other government agencies to develop more transparent and efficient procurement processes that maximize value across the Dominican government. The training provided a step by step overview of the procurement process in the U.S., which included presentations by procurement officials from the Executive Office of the President and the General Services Administration on market research, acquisition planning, contract structures, technical specifications, source selection, and post-award contract administration. These topics were identified during CLDP’s consultations and one-day kickoff event in Santo Domingo in August 2016. As a result of the workshop, the DGCP has requested CLDP’s assistance in incorporating the best practices covered by the training into the Dominican government’s draft procurement law. The next training is planned for February 2017.

CLDP's Adam Al-Sarraf speaks as DGCP Director General Yokasta Guzman listens in
Speakers and participants at the conclusion of the three-day workshop

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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