CLDP to Hold a Competition Law Workshop on Bid Rigging in Public Procurement

September 10, 2018 - September 12, 2018

On September 10-12, 2018, CLDP partnered with the Competition Agency of Georgia to conduct a Workshop on Preventing Bid-Rigging in Public Procurement.  The workshop brought together public procurement officials from the State Procurement Agency of Georgia, and other agencies at the national and regional levels, to discuss methods of identifying, investigating and preventing instances of bid rigging in public procurement. 

Bid rigging occurs when parties, who would otherwise be expected to compete, interfere with the competitive nature of procurement by agreeing in advance on the price of the winning bid and/or the winning bidder of a procured contract.  Bid rigging can take many forms but all result in inflated prices and/or lower quality goods or services.  This fraudulent practice, also called collusive tendering, defeats a major goal of public procurement - to safeguard the public welfare by ensuring that consumer demands are met by the manufacture and sale of quality goods at reasonable prices. 

This program was designed to build the capacity of the Competition Agency of Georgia, which has broad responsibilities for enforcing Georgia’s Competition Law.  The Competition Law applies to both commercial and state-owned entities and prohibits agreements and concerted economic arrangements that distort competition. The Government of Georgia established the Competition Agency in 2014 and it has already successfully investigated a number of violations by government agencies.  This program supports the Competition Agency by training its staff to identify anti-competitive practices in public procurement and initiate investigations against public and private entities that engage in these practices.  An effective competition agency will decrease instances of corruption and collusion in public procurement in Georgia, thereby increasing opportunities for American firms doing business there. 

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