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.

Tags: Iraq
July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management.

July 15, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Throughout the months of July and August, 2020, CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, hosted a series of breakout teleconferences-meetings focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan.

July 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020

CLDP initiated a series of virtual meetings connecting Afghan representatives with Ambassador Shahzad Aroybee, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic. The meetings serve to discuss how CLDP can work with the Afghan Embassy in the Czech Republic to support Afghanistan’s trade and agribusiness sectors, and to facilitate implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOU) focusing on trade facilitation between the two countries, which are currently being drafted.

August 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In August and September 2020, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the General Directorate for Public Contracting, will conduct a series of training-of-the-trainers for 25 directors and personnel of small business centers in the Dominican Republic (DR) on how to deliver procurement-specific technical assistance to women-owned business clients.

August 5, 2020

CLDP will conduct a multi-month program to build the capacity of a group of 14 Egyptian commercial attaches, with a quadruple focus: 1/ Providing knowledge about international trade and the WTO; 2/ Developing skills and knowledge required for increasing Egypt’s exports; 3/  Developing skills and knowledge required for attracting foreign investment into Egypt; 4/ Developing skills and knowledge required for facilitating joint-ventures between Egyptian firms and foreign firms. 

August 6, 2020

On August 6, CLDP, in collaboration with the Nepal Renewable Energy Program (NREP) and the Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal, will conduct 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.

August 7, 2020

The PPP Process requires a significant amount of time and resources. To ensure that those resources are well spent, it is important to have well-established pre-qualification and evaluation procedures for the RfP process. Governments often run into difficulties in the pre-qualification and evaluation phase. In August 2020, CLDP will organize a webinar to walk participants through how to design the evaluation process to ensure the best bid is selected. The webinar is part of a PPP series developed for Power Africa and the Indo- Pacific Strategy. 

August 13, 2020

CLDP, in cooperation with USDA and USAID, will host a teleconference specifically for representatives from the Afghan Private-Sector, focused on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan. This teleconference will serve to deepen Afghan agricultural stakeholders understanding of the interagency effort to help Afghanistan meet its World Trade Organization SPS Agreement obligations,  improve its SPS and food safety procedures, and improve Afghan market access for agricultural exports.  It will also serve as a listening session to determine the major issues affecti

August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020

CLDP is working in cooperation with U.S. customs experts to develop a webinar series on Article III of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA), relating to Advance Rulings for the governments of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Egypt. 

August 19, 2020 - August 20, 2020

On August 19-20, 2020, the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), in close cooperation with CLDP, will conduct a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar for Pakistan lawyers on the formation of new business entities. 

August 19, 2020

CLDP, in close collaboration with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center, will conduct legislative drafting consultations for lawmakers in Kuwait to finalize a new Arbitration Law for Kuwait. Independent international arbitration law experts and representatives from the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) will advise the Kuwaiti lawmakers regarding how their new arbitration draft law can be best drafted in the Kuwaiti context to be consistent with the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.  

Tags: Commerce, Kuwait
August 19, 2020

CLDP, in close collaboration with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Privatization, will develop a guide for the international standard for Public Private Partnership contract provisions for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Topics for collaboration include: Benchmarking, Change of Control, Competition/Exclusivity, Dispute Resolution, Force Majeure, Handback, Inflation, Phasing and Expansion, Refinancing, and Termination.

August 19, 2020 - August 21, 2020

On August 19-21, 2020, CLDP will launch Phase I of the 2020-21 Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot (the Vis Moot) with four Burmese universities. The Vis Moot is the premier commercial law moot in the event.

August 21, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Through a series of round table discussions, CLDP, in cooperation with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and USAID, will host a series of roundtable discussions regarding sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s World Trade Organization SPS Agreement obligations, food safety procedures, and Afghanistan’s agricultural market access.

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020

CLDP plans to organize an information exchange with members of Pakistan’s National Assembly, officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and IT, and other officials, on such current issues as data regulation privacy, or e-Commerce.

CLDP had originally proposed to have this program in the United States but now proposes it virtually.

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020

CLDP is working in cooperation with experts from the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration and Transactions (OGC ADTRAX) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored Land O’Lakes TAIB Project in Egypt to provide technical assistance to the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) of Egypt as the organization seeks to develop a Code of Conduct and ethics system. 

In July/August 2020, CLDP, ADTRAX, and TAIB will develop online modules in ethics training on the Code of Conduct for NFSA staff.  

August 25, 2020 - August 26, 2020

On August 25-26, 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with the Honduran Ministries of Customs and Economy, will continue a three-part virtual workshop series on Advance Ruling Best Practices. The second workshop will focus on the intricacies of appraising goods and practices implemented across the region. Sessions will highlight best practices to consider as the Honduran government strengthens its capacity to consistently appraise goods in a uniform manner across all ports of entry.