MENA Regional Program on Contract Enforcement

May 31, 2016 - June 2, 2016

On May 31-June 2, CLDP led a six-country regional workshop on contract enforcement best practices, involving delegations of judges, lawyers, and academics from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. The program was led by U.S. Federal Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Counsel Sara Zdeb, and international experts from the private and public sectors. The program covered topics related to contract enforcement including case management, court automation, and court procedures that are in accordance with the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators ‘Enforcing Contracts’ methodology. It also encouraged the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. The program focused on ensuring regional cooperation on creating specialized commercial courts, implementing eFiling systems, and increasing the use of ADR centers. The exchanges resulted in action plans for each country and regional activities, which CLDP will continue to support.

This workshop is part of CLDP’s efforts to increase MENA regional trade and investment, including with U.S. companies and investors seeking to do business in the region. It is funded through the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). 

Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting on October 16-20, 2017, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials. They attended the GPA Committee meeting and participated in bilateral negotiations with the U.S. and other delegations.

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

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