Dominican Republic: CLDP Organizes Government Procurement Study Tour in Washington, DC

June 18, 2018 - June 22, 2018
CLDP and the delegation in the chambers of Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

From June 18-22, CLDP hosted a delegation of government procurement officials from the Dominican Republic in Washington, DC. The delegation visited various procurement-related entities in and around Washington including The George Washington University Law School, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration, the Defense Acquisition Institute, and the Government Accountability Office, among others. The Dominican government hopes to create a certification program for government contracting officers, as currently there are no standardized certification or training requirements across Dominican government purchasing units. The study tour in Washington provided an overview of the U.S. government procurement system, with a specialized focus on training and certification programs for U.S. contracting personnel. Dominican delegates included representatives from the Dominican Republic’s central procurement agency, the Presidency, the Superior Administrative Tribunal, the Ministry of Finance, and the Association of University Deans. This program represented the culmination of CLDP’s initial two-year engagement with the Dominican Republic to assist the government in improving the efficiency and transparency of its procurement system. A training and certification program for government contracting officers, if successfully implemented, would institutionalize many of the best practices and suggested reforms introduced by CLDP during its workshops and trainings.

The delegation at the George Washington University Law School

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