Iraq: CLDP Supports U.S. Companies Working in Southern Iraq’s Oil and Gas Industry

November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

On November 12-15, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP supported U.S. Consul General to the Southern Governorates Timothy Davis in reassuring U.S. oil and gas industry representatives of the U.S. government’s commitment to support the development of economic and legal environment in southern Iraq. Recently, the U.S. Department of State made an unprecedented move to close diplomatic and military operations in southern Iraq, due to rising costs and security concerns. The closure severely impacted U.S.-Iraq relations, specifically southern provincial diplomatic engagement.  U.S. companies were concerned that the lack of U.S. presence in Basrah would hamper their operations and future works. In an effort to ease concerns and provide a new economic and diplomatic strategy for U.S. engagement in southern Iraq, CLDP organized a series of meetings for Consul General Davis on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition, the world’s leading conference on oil and gas. Meetings, organized in coordination with the bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service in the United Arab Emirates, included Exxon, Chevron, Honeywell UOP, Halliburton, Excelerate Energy, Siemens USA, and other notable engineering, procurement, and construction service providers. In addition to the meetings, CLDP and Consul General Davis are coordinating closely to develop creative ways to sustain engagements with local stakeholders (government and private sector) for the coming year to continue to provide the needed support for U.S. companies working and seeking work in Iraq’s southern governorates.

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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