Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Workshop on Contract Administration and Bid Protests

May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018

From May 16-18, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), CLDP led a government procurement workshop on contract administration, contractor accountability and bid protests for more than 60 contracting officials and attorneys from various government agencies as well as the private sector in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. To deliver the three-day workshop, CLDP called upon the expertise of a judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a GSA assistant regional counsel, a DOC contracts attorney, and a VA procurement analyst. Experts introduced the U.S. systems for contractor sanctions and bid protests, including an examination of the role of U.S. courts, and offered best practices in contract administration and practical considerations from an agency perspective. In March 2018, CLDP conducted an assessment of the Dominican Republic’s practices and procedures for protesting government contract awards and holding contractors accountable. Based on the findings of this assessment and specific requests from the DGCP, CLDP planned this week’s workshop.  More than a general overview, examples from the U.S. federal procurement system served as an informed comparison to the Dominican system. Experts shared lessons learned from the U.S. experience and recommendations based on their understanding of challenges in the Dominican system.  This workshop is part of CLDP’s two-year project to improve the efficiency of government procurement practices in the Dominican Republic and represents the beginning of the final phase of a training plan designed to cover the life of a government contract, from acquisition planning to contract closing.

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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