Dominican Republic: CLDP Hosts Webinar on Detecting Anti-Competitive Conduct in Public Procurement Investigations

October 22, 2020 - December 3, 2020

On October 22-26 and December 1 and 3, CLDP, in collaboration with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted a series of trainings on investigative techniques for staff from the Dominican Republic’s (DR) competition authority (Procompetencia). Procompetencia requested the training to improve their staff’s interview and interrogation skills so that they are better able to conduct effective investigations of collusive activity in the procurement system. Despite the government’s efforts to ensure open competition in the public procurement system, significant challenges remain, including the prevalence of bid-rigging, cartels, and other anti-competitive practices. These practices often prevent U.S. and foreign companies from receiving contracts. CLDP organized these sessions as part of a broader programming effort to increase transparency and competition in the DR’s public procurement systems. 

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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