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

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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