Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Advanced Workshop on Procurement Procedures to Support Small and Women-Owned Businesses

November 16, 2017 - November 17, 2017
DGCP Director General Dr. Yokasta Guzman Santos delivers opening remarks

On November 16 and 17, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP led an advanced workshop on best practices in the implementation of set-asides and other programs intended to improve access to government contracts for small and women-owned businesses in Santo Domingo, using examples from both the U.S. and Chile. The workshop brought together approximately 60 government procurement and small business stakeholders, many of whom participated in CLDP's March 2017 workshop on similar topics. The workshop’s experts provided examples of small and disadvantaged business set-aside programs utilized in the US and Chile, and explained the certification process that businesses go through to be part of these programs. Experts also covered mechanisms for auditing government institutions to ensure compliance with small business programs, as well financing and international assistance that may be available to small and women-owned businesses to assist them in becoming government contractors. DGCP also offered a presentation on its online transactional portal and the opportunities it affords to small and women-owned businesses, and provided an update on the implementation of CLDP’s recommendations following the previous workshop on this topic. This workshop was part of CLDP’s ongoing technical assistance to the government of the Dominican Republic in the area of government procurement, funded by USAID. Best practices in government procurement introduced over the course of this project aim to create a level playing field in the public market in the Dominican Republic, which will increase opportunities not only for small and women-owned businesses to win government contracts, but also for American companies.

DGCP Head of ICT Jhonattan Toribio gives a demonstration of DGCP's e-procurement portal
Participants and organizers at the conclusion of the two-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.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop