Nepal: CLDP Conducts Project Finance Webinar

August 6, 2020

On August 6, CLDP, in collaboration with the Nepal Renewable Energy Program (NREP) and the Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal, conducted a webinar on project finance for local Nepalese financial institutions. Nepal is working to increase domestic and foreign investment at the sub-national level for infrastructure, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Nepal is heavily reliant on hydro-power for its energy and is needing to diversify its energy resources due to climate change. The webinar highlighted the basic concepts of project finance and provided an overview of risks that lenders might face throughout a project finance transaction. During the webinar, local counterparts shared their experiences and lessons learned as lenders in Nepali project financing transactions. CLDP’s collaboration with NREP is part of its on-going technical assistance under the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN). CLDP has been working with the Nepalese government at the national level since 2018 on developing and implementing bankable infrastructure projects. Recent Nepalese legislation has also allowed local and regional authorities to procure infrastructure projects under a public-private model. CLDP anticipates that future engagements will focus on assisting local and regional authorities in structuring bankable infrastructure agreements.

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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