Dominican Republic: CLDP Leads Judiical Procurement Training on Bid Protests

December 6, 2018 - December 7, 2018

On December 6-7, 2018, in coordination with the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP) and the National School of the Judiciary, CLDP led a workshop on best practices in adjudicating bid protest cases for approximately 20 judges and support staff of the Superior Administrative Court and the Supreme Court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and a senior procurement analyst from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gave an overview of the bid protest system in the United States and explored practical considerations from a government agency perspective before moving into an in-depth review of bid protest procedures before and after the adjudication of government contracts. Representatives from the DGCP complemented the information imparted by the U.S. experts by giving an overview of the Dominican system for bid protests, allowing participants to compare the processes for protesting the award of government contracts in the two countries. This comparative exercise culminated in a practical case study based on an actual case brought before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, in which the Dominican judges and support staff considered the case and debated how it would be adjudicated under U.S. law versus Dominican law. This comparison is especially useful as the Dominican Republic is drafting a new government procurement law, and the workshop formed part of CLDP’s ongoing engagement with the Dominican judiciary. This engagement contributes to CLDP’s goal of improving the fairness and efficiency of the government procurement system in the Dominican Republic and will continue for the next two years under USAID’s extension of CLDP’s procurement transparency initiative in the Dominican Republic.

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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