Dominican Republic: Workshop on Creating a Contracting Officer Certification Program

May 28, 2019 - May 29, 2019

On May 28-29, CLDP, in coordination with the General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP) organized a workshop to discuss the creation of a new certification program for contracting personnel. CLDP’s multi-year programming in the Dominican Republic is aimed at increasing transparency and competition in government tenders, which will increase opportunities for US companies to participate. Over the last three years, CLDP has conducted over 10 workshops for contracting personnel on procurement best practices, which will be institutionalized through a new mandatory certification program for officials involved in procurement.

This professionalization effort is one of the main objectives of CLDP’s new funding agreement with USAID and will help to change the administrative culture of procurement processes throughout the Dominican government, which are often influenced by political appointees and inexperienced bureaucrats. The workshop featured over 35 participants including members of the DGCP, academics, officials from the Presidency’s office and university deans. The participants provided practical recommendations on the design of the certification program including the institutional framework, the course requirements and the certification’s impact on the role and authority of contracting personnel. The workshop experts included an expert from the Defense Acquisition University, a current senior contracting officer from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a former FEMA contracting officer. Over the coming weeks, the DGCP, with CLDP’s assistance, will use the recommendations to develop a comprehensive framework that will be presented to government leadership for approval and implementation. When implemented, the certification program will be one of the first of its kind in the region and will represent a major step forward in ensuring the sustainability of CLDP’s procurement assistance to the Dominican government.  

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