Preparing and Carrying Out Competitive, Transparent Offshore Tenders in Argentina

July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017

The­­ U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) hosted a 2-day workshop on July 18 and 19 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to provide guidance to the Argentinian Ministry of Mines and Energy with the offshore leasing process. 3 experts from BOEM presented how their agency handles the bidding process of offshore gas and oil leasing in the United States. Additionally, 2 attorney advisors who specialize in oil and gas development in Latin America from Entra Consulting presented their findings regarding leasing projects in other Latin American countries. This was the second workshop in a series to provide an overview to the Argentinian Ministry of Mines and Energy of relevant topics such as structuring and developing an impartial bid procedure and implementing a plan for explaining the terms to the public/industry to build trust. This program is part of CLDP’s continued engagement with the Government of Argentina on sustainable oil and gas sector development which is funded by the the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (DOS/ENR) under its Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI) for offshore sector cooperation.

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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