Dominican Republic: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Government Procurement for SMEs

January 16, 2020 - January 17, 2020

On January 16-17, 2019, CLDP conducted a workshop on best practices in government procurement directed to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women-owned businesses in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More than 50 participants representing the Dominican General Directorate for Public Contracting (DGCP), university SME centers, and associations of small and women-owned businesses gathered to discuss barriers and opportunities for female entrepreneurs and other small enterprises seeking to build and expand their businesses through government contracts. CLDP experts included the CEO of MET Community, a non-profit dedicated to training and mentoring small businesses, the founder of CF Creative, a marketing and communications firm specializing in women- and minority-owned businesses in the United States, and a Procurement Center Representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The workshop also included a panel discussion with representatives of local banks on financial resources available to small and women-owned businesses in the Dominican Republic. Before the workshop, on January 15, CLDP organized a one-day strategy session with various stakeholders including the DGCP, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and university SME centers to coordinate a national strategy for the promotion of small and women-owned businesses. These activities kicked off CLDP’s expansion of its programming aimed at supporting women-owned businesses in the Dominican Republic with funding from USAID as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. 

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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