Morocco: CLDP Conducts Workshop on Combatting Anti-Competitive Practices in Procurement

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

On February 13-14, in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the National Committee for Public Procurement and the Moroccan Competition Council, CLDP conducted a two-day workshop on best practices in investigating and prosecuting bid-rigging and other anti-competitive practices in public tenders. While Morocco has made significant efforts to ensure open competition in its public procurement system, significant challenges still remain, including the prevalence of bid-rigging, cartels and other anti-competitive practices by companies, which often prevents US and foreign companies from being able to receive contracts. Recent legislation has also empowered Morocco’s Competition Council, which is tasked with investigative anti-competitive practices and has been empowered to levy fines against companies. However, these developments have raised jurisdictional questions within the Moroccan legal framework, which were discussed at length during the workshop to ensure coordination and cooperation between Morocco’s relevant authorities to efficiently and transparently investigate and prosecute anti-competitive workshops. This week’s workshop was organized as part of CLDP’s broader programming effort to increase transparency and competition in Morocco’s public procurement system and included sessions led by prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. 

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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