Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts PPP Assessment

March 10, 2019 - March 12, 2019

On March 10-14, in Riyadh, CLDP met with stakeholders in the new public private partnership (PPP) legal regime in Saudi Arabia. CLDP met with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnerships (NCP), local attorneys representing U.S. companies bidding for PPP projects, and sector-specific government committees for the establishment of PPPs. This year the NCP published a draft privatization and PPP law for Saudi Arabia emphasizing international commercial law principles of PPP for which CLDP provided initial guidance. Once the law is finalized, CLDP has agreed to assist SAGIA and the NCP in the development of PPP regulations. During the assessment, CLDP identified the need for regulatory development and capacity building for fair opportunity and treatment of private sector companies bidding for PPPs in Saudi Arabia. CLDP plans to provide PPP capacity building programs for NCP, SAGIA and other ministry committees regarding the efficient and effective implementation of the new PPP law. With an effective PPP legal regime in Saudi Arabia, U.S. companies will have many large-scale opportunities to provide services to ministries as the country privatizes and partners with the private sector to develop government services that will reach the goals set forth in the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.

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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