Dominican Republic: CLDP Launches Program to Support Small Businesses

March 30, 2017 - March 31, 2017

On March 30-31, CLDP conducted a workshop for government officials and private sector representatives on how to increase access to government contracts by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). While the Dominican Republic has implemented a 20% budgetary set-aside for MSMEs, there is little regulatory guidance on how contracts should be awarded to MSMEs, which has resulted in many agencies failing to meet this set-aside goal, and a small group of companies receiving the majority of set-aside contracts. The workshop focused on three main areas to address this problem: 1) increasing the use of market research and communication with private sector to identify MSMEs that could perform the government requirements  2) creating small business programs similar to those implemented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop MSMEs and assist them with navigating the procurement process, and 3) incorporating procurement thresholds to require contracting offices to give exclusive tenders to MSMEs. The workshop was led by Aaron Parra, a procurement center representative from the SBA and Omar Saeb, a senior business management specialist at the General Services Administration (GSA) with an extensive federal government procurement background. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants were asked to develop custom MSME programs tailored for the Dominican Republic market and a market research template that could be used by contracting offices throughout the Dominican government to better understand the capacities of private sector companies. As a result of the program, the Dominican Republic’s procurement policy office, the Directorate General for Public Contracting, requested a list of recommendations from CLDP that it would incorporate in its new regulations to support small businesses.

CLDP staff and expert advisors with Maricela Ramirez of USAID (lower left) and Dr. Yokasta Guzman of DGCP (lower right)

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.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop