Arabian Peninsula: CLDP Conducts Judicial Procurement Training

September 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019

On September 19-20, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop for judges from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain on the adjudication of procurement disputes in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The procurement processes in these countries present significant challenges for U.S. companies, especially during the evaluation and selection phases of the government tenders. The workshop, therefore, focused on the role of transparent and efficient bid protest processes to increase competition in the tendering process as a way for governments to lower the prices and raise the quality of goods and services that are obtained. Led by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Charles McCarthy, Assistant Regional Counsel for the General Services Administration, the workshop sessions highlighted best practices in assessing the openness and competitiveness of government tendering documents and evaluation criteria. The workshop was especially important for the Saudi judges as Saudi Arabia has recently passed a procurement law that will give judges appellate jurisdiction over bid protest disputes. 

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. 

February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

CLDP in Action

November 9, 2020

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, a series of Live Forum broadcasts, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues whilst facilitating knowledge sharing. 

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