Upcoming Programs

October 22, 2002 - October 26, 2002

Ten Algerian bankers attended a 2-day conference organized by the Robert Morris Associates in Chicago. Speakers and presenters were representatives of private US banks who specialize in servicing small and medium sized enterprises. The format of the event was both plenary and break-out in nature, including separate meetings for specific sub-issues within the broader subject matter. There was be ample opportunity for the Algerian participants to meet and form links with their US counterparts.

October 26, 2002 - October 28, 2002

CLDP participated in a two-day meeting to finalize the constitutive and governing documents and a preliminary two-year agenda for the Africa Law Institute. The meeting also succeeded in determining a location for ALI and its launch.

January 21, 2003 - January 28, 2003

Two federal judges, a United States Patent and Trademark Attorney, and a private sector attorney conducted a two-day workshop in Cairo for 120 Egyptian judges on the legal ramifications of the recently enacted Egyptian intellectual property law.

April 8, 2003 - April 10, 2003

CLDP held a three-day conference during which the model investment law drafting committee, organized by CLDP, presented the finalized model investment law drafted over two previous sessions to ECOWAS, OHADA and WAEMU officials and government officials from the region's nations.

June 10, 2003 - June 12, 2003

To facilitate regional legal and judicial ethics codes synthesizing the region's common law and civil law traditions, CLDP organized a three-day conference in Senegal where a pre-exsiting drafting committee presented a regional legal and judicial ethics code.

January 20, 2004 - January 21, 2004

An expert CLDP trade advisor conducted a workshop on various trade remedies available to Albania under the WTO system.

Tags: Albania, Trade, Europe
February 23, 2004 - February 26, 2004

The program consisted of a four-day workshop for senior officials representing accreditation activities in the Stability Pact countries. The delegates were briefed and discussed the benefits of participating in international organizations established for cooperation in the conduct of national accreditation activities. They discussed what it takes to qualify for mutual recognition agreements (MRA’s).

May 1, 2004 - May 5, 2004

Two U.S. Customs officials conducted the training – a continuation of a program conducted in December, 2002, on the methodology of valuation procedures – for twenty Ukrainian customs officials having senior responsibility for valuation at their respective border entry points.

May 24, 2004 - May 28, 2004

During the first half of the program, staff members from the Ministry of Economy’s WTO Secretariat met with Mr. Creskoff, CLDP Resident Advisor Barbara Hall and CLDP International Program Specialist Tatiana Aras to update and revise a WTO compliance matrix that was developed in 2002 by CLDP Advisor Roberto Garcia. The draft matrix was presented at the first inter-ministerial meeting for discussion.

Tags: Albania, Trade, Europe
July 17, 2004 - July 21, 2004

Ten representatives form Morocco's automotive parts inductry met in Washington, DC, and Detroit, MI, to consult on business practices affecting the auto parts industry. The consultations assisted Morocco in meeting standards-related obligations under the FTA, to present expertise in regulation and standardization in the U. S. automobile industry, and to share information and foster linkages for joint venture possiblities.

July 23, 2004 - September 10, 2004

Five regional seminars were convened in strategic locations, where populations will be affected by WTO accession: Stavropol, Saratov, Cheboksary, Barnaul and Petrozavodsk. Government of Russia officials who directly work on Russia's accession to the WTO conducted the seminars. This group included members of the WTO negotiating team, experts who prep the WTO negotiating team, members of the Duma, and officials from the Center for Trade Policy and Law and Academics. Local government officials and businessmen from throughout each region will be invited to attend these one-day seminars.

Tags: Trade, Europe
September 20, 2004 - September 22, 2004

CLDP advisors from the U.S. International Trade Commissionconducted a one-week workshop in Tirana on econometric models to provide participants with various models and the ability to analyze economic data to enable the Government of Albania to make policy decisions and further their implementation of WTO policy.

Tags: Albania, Trade, Europe
September 20, 2004 - September 24, 2004

CLDP Advisor Stephen Creskoff coordinated with the Albanian Ministry of Economy’s WTO Secretariat in Tirana, Albania, to conduct a workshop to draft a report on Albania’s implementation of its WTO obligations.

Tags: Trade, Moldova, Europe
October 18, 2004 - October 22, 2004

CLDP developed and implemented a workshop for Ukrainian customs on post importation verification audits. Utilizing the expertise of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Enforcement, the workshop discussed the process that enables Customs officers to verify the accuracy of declarations, through the examination of books, records business systems and all relevant Customs commercial data held by persons/companies directly or indirectly involved in international trade. This workshop also reviewed risk assessment and targeting to determine a proper value for customs.

October 18, 2004 - October 22, 2004

CLDP Program Manager Nnamdi Ezera and CLDP WTO Advisor Stephen Creskoff worked with the Moldovan Ministry of Economy’s WTO Office in Chisinau, Moldova, to conduct a workshop to draft WTO notifications.

Tags: Trade, Moldova, Europe
December 6, 2004 - December 10, 2004

CLDP and IESC organized a week of consultations to take place December 6-10, 2004 in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and New York, NY for a twelve-person delegation of government and private sector representatives from Morocco's agribusiness industry.

February 20, 2005 - March 4, 2005

In support of the CLDP judicial reform program, which aims to increase the judiciary's knowledge of commercial law, the goal of the curriculum development program is to strengthen legal education in the Middle East by designing a commercial law curriculum for universities in the region. By incorporating this curriculum into the universities, CLDP will increase the capability and quality of future policymakers and judges in commercial law, leading to better drafting and implementation of laws and regulations in this region.

February 21, 2005 - February 24, 2005

CLDP convened a four-day workshop for officials from ministries and agencies tasked with the protection and administration of food safety, and plant and animal health. This workshop, the third in a series focusing on agriculture, was conducted with the expert advice and participation of officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

Tags: Standards, Europe
April 18, 2005 - April 29, 2005

Omani and UAE judges engaged in a commercial law study tour in the US and work with US judges in order to identify necessary criteria for commercial law specialization.

July 18, 2005 - July 22, 2005

Egyptian telecommunications regulators from the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority NTRA) met with their counterparts from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC for a week of consultations on the development of telecom competition guidelines in Egypt. The delegation also attended a telecom competition workshop at the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute. CLDP provided this technical assistance as a part of the ongoing collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

September 2, 2005 - September 6, 2005

CLDP continued to conduct the Summer 2005 campaign of regional conferences dealing with WTO accession and to encourage public dialogue about the issue in Russia. Maxim Medvedkov, the head of the Commercial Negotiations Department of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, traveled to several regional centers to present the history of the WTO, the process and status of Russia's accession efforts, and the possible impact WTO accession will have on the Russian society and economy.

Tags: Trade, Europe
September 12, 2005 - September 16, 2005

CLDP hosted a senior-level delegation of Egyptian officials who will be responsible for developing a Cybersecurity framework for Egypt's growing e-commerce sector to Washington, DC for a one week consultative visit. The Egyptian officials engaged in bilateral discussions with their counterparts from several U.S. federal agencies and representatives from private sector organizations that are involved in the U.S. national cybersecurity system.

September 20, 2005 - September 22, 2005

CLDP experts consulted with Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(NTRA) in its efforts to create transparent and efficient dispute resolution procedures to handle disputes that will dramatically increase in the recently liberalized Egyptian telecom market. During this first of three phases, two CLDP advisors traveled to meet with five to six NTRA officials for a two-day consultation.

September 24, 2005 - September 25, 2005

CLDP conducted a seminar in Bahrain to educate judges on the country's new Company Code that is currently being drafted and is scheduled to be published mid 2006. The seminar also educated the judges on international norms and practices, which along with the tenets of the new Code will have to become a part of the judiciary's lexicon if they are to competently preside over future commercial cases.

September 29, 2005 - September 30, 2005

CLDP sponsored the attendance of 17 Trade Working Group members from several countries in the region to the meeting in Antalya, Turkey. CLDP Acting Chief Counsel Stephen D. Gardner will participate in the program and will plan future regional programs with the delegates to the SPTWG.

Tags: Trade, Europe
October 1, 2005

In response to a large backlog of patent applications, and increased volume in patent applications each year as a result of Pakistan's new recognition of pharmaceutical product patents, Pakistan's Patent Office has hired 12 new examiners. These examiners, though junior, are computer capable and have educational backgrounds in areas including pharmaceuticals, general chemistry, and electrical engineering.

October 17, 2005 - October 20, 2005

CLDP experts assisted Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(NTRA) in its efforts to create transparent and efficient dispute resolution procedures to handle disputes that will dramatically increase in the recently liberalized Egyptian telecom market. During this second of three phases, two CLDP advisors returned Egypt to assist the NTRA officials with drafting a set of telecom dispute resolution procedures. Once created, the draft will be circulated to the NTRA leadership for their revision and comment.

October 17, 2005 - October 20, 2005

As part of CLDP's ongoing support of Russia and Ukraine's efforts to make the protection of intellectual property rights under their Commercial Codes more compliant with the TRIPS Agreement, CLDP conducted a five-day workshop for Russian and Ukrainian border enforcement officials nominated by the Russian and Ukrainian State Customs Services. The workshop, which washeld in Washington, D.C., was designed to provide the visiting delegations with an opportunity to consult with their U.S.

October 23, 2005 - October 25, 2005

CLDP continues to provide assistance to the Middle East by assisting with the development of curricula that will introduce international norms and practices of commercial law to the law schools in the region. During this visit to four Gulf countries (Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar), CLDP provided guidance on teaching international commercial law courses and resources to support the further development of comprehensive international commercial law curricula.

October 24, 2005 - October 26, 2005

Customs officials from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbian and Montenegro, and UNMIK/Kosov (as observers) attended the fifth in a series of CLDP customs workshops desigend to achieve enhanced communication, cooperation, and coordination amongst the regions customs agencies.

Tags: Customs, Trade, Europe
November 5, 2005 - November 12, 2005

CLDP organized consultations in November 2005 in Washington, D.C. for a delegation of public and private sector experts and franchising stakeholders from Algeria. The public sector experts are the officials from Algeria's Ministry of Commerce who will be in charge of drafting Algeria's franchising law. The private sector experts are Algerian businesspersons and lawyers interested in making franchising a reality in Algeria. The delegation met with U.S. Government officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Mission and the U.S.

November 7, 2005 - November 11, 2005

CLDP conducted a program for Ukrainian intellectual property officials. The program, entitled "U.S. Consultations on Intellectual Property Appellate Proceedings: Ukraine State Department of Intellectual Property (SDIP)" sought to acquaint Ukrainian intellectual property officials with the substantive and administrative principles and processes of intellectual property appellate proceedings."

November 7, 2005 - November 11, 2005

CLDP held a four (4) day conference for representatives from the Angolan Ministry of Justice and the private sector to discuss the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practices that may be used in Africa. The conference was led by a team of five topical experts and two CLDP attorneys. The team of experts, including a legal expert in comparative arbitration practices and experts in alternative dispute resolution practices (both from the civil and common law tradition countries), addressed the Angolan audience on how the different ADR practices can compliment the judicary's work.

November 14, 2005 - November 18, 2005

CLDP experts assisted Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(NTRA) in its efforts to create transparent and efficient dispute resolution procedures to handle disputes that will dramatically increase in the recently liberalized Egyptian telecom market. During this final stage of a three part program, two CLDP advisors returned to Egypt to review the revised draft of a set of telecom dispute resolution procedures that was developed during phase two of the program and then circulated to the NTRA leadership for their comments and amendment.

November 14, 2005 - November 18, 2005

Twelve representatives from the Moroccan leather industry and two repesentatives from the Moroccan Ministry of Commerce and Industry traveled to the United States to consult with U.S. government and private sector officials on current standards and technical regulations affecting the U.S. leather industry. Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Morocco is obligated to implement practical changes related to transparency in the adoption of standards and technical reguations. In addition, the U.S.

November 21, 2005 - November 22, 2005

CLDP conducted a judicial commercial law conference to educate the judiciary on the new Company Law that the Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce is currently drafting. The conference featured speakers from government, academia, private law firms and international organizations to discuss recent international commercial law developments. This program is part of CLDP's goal of emphasizing the need for legistlative rule of law reform within the Middle East region in order to facilitate more liberalized trade with the region.

November 21, 2005 - November 25, 2005

CLDP experts met with representatives of the Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce to provide further guidance and drafting assistance on its New Commercial Code. The re-drafting of Qatar's Commercial Code is part of an effort to produce rule of law changes that are significant for trade liberalization in Qatar.

November 28, 2005 - November 29, 2005

CLDP experts advised the United Arab Emirates on the value of accession to the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Providing this specific type of advice, which seeks to quantify and promote the value accession, is just one of CLDP's programs that is specifically targeted towards encouraging commercial law fixes to barriers to trade liberalization in the Middle East.

December 3, 2005 - December 4, 2005

CLDP advocated and sponsored the attendance of Moldova’s Trade Working Group (TWG) representatives to the London SPTWG meeting. The meeting discussed and determined the method of a single Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that the TWG will recommend to the Stability Pact Trade Ministers. It is hoped that the Ministers will mandate the TWG to prepare such an agreement for signature in 2006 and implementation in 2007. CLDP continues to provide ongoing assistance to Moldova’s participation in the SPTWG to encourage the greater integration of Moldova within the Southeast Europe region.

Tags: Trade, Moldova, Europe
December 12, 2005 - December 14, 2005

CLDP has established a series of workshops for the Stability Pact countries, in order to enhance their understanding and implementation of the principles and measures of the SPS Agreement, and improve their coordination of implementation procedures, as well as responses to common threats.

Tags: Standards, Europe
December 13, 2005 - December 15, 2005

As the capstone of a program launched two years ago, CLDP organized and sponsored two-day symposium held in Tunis entitled “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development in MENA Countries”

The symposium consisted of presentations and workshops led by U.S experts (among them a Nobel prize winner in Physics) and by colleagues from four Arab countries. The attendance was significant (120 participants on average each day). Thanks to the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Office, the media coverage (TV and written press) was extensive.

January 16, 2006 - January 27, 2006

The CLDP team traveled to Angola from January 16-27 and achieved the following objectives: 1) 10 court clerks in Cabinda province learned and are now implementing modern case management techniques and random selection of judges; 2) Determined that modern case management techniques have been correctly implemented in Benguela and Lobito following July 2005 training, but that implementation did not begin until January 2006 and thus further evaluation is needed; 3) Trained new CLDP staff in evaluation and auditing of case management implementation in Angolan courts and introduced new CLDP staff

January 23, 2006 - January 27, 2006

In response to a request from the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, CLDP, in close cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, has developed a judicial capacity building program focused on the judicial reorganization of small business, which, though viable, experience financial difficulties. CLDP created a series of case studies and in January 2006, two U.S.

January 24, 2006 - January 25, 2006

CLDP held a training to implement modern case management techniques and random selection of judges in the provincial court of Cabinda, Angola. The training used skits, lectures and interactive group exercises to teach court clerks techniques designed to ensure random assignment of judges, ease in tracking cases, and continuous accountability for documents received.

February 14, 2006 - February 15, 2006

CLDP continued to provide ongoing assistance to the Stability Pact Trade Working Group (SPTWG) by sponsoring the attendance of the Trade Working Group (TWG) representatives to a two-day meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Tags: Trade, Eurasia, Europe
March 8, 2006 - March 9, 2006

In recent years, CLDP has been working closely with the National Center for Judicial Studies (NCJS) to develop the capacity of Egyptian judges to understand and implement Egyptian legislation in the areas of intellectual property, telecommunication, and electronic signatures.

March 9, 2006 - March 16, 2006

CLDP brought two senior US law school administrators to Qatar University, the University of Bahrain and Sultan Qaboos University College of Law in Oman to support these universities in implementing modern commercial law curricula. The US experts consulted with law faculty and administrators on both human resources and planning for future courses and instructional mechanisms for commercial law education.

March 13, 2006 - March 14, 2006

The Middle East Partnership Initiatives sponsored a commercial law conference in Doha, Qatar on March 13 & 14, 2006 to address commercial legal reforms in the Middle East. "Commercial Law in Transition" was presented by the US Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in conjunction with the Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce and the Qatar Ministry of Justice. This conference brought international commercial law experts and regional policy makers together to discuss the application of international standards in commercial laws.