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

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 10, 2018 - March 17, 2018

On March 10-15, CLDP hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, headed the Afghan delegation in the U.S.  CLDP facilitated meetings for the Afghan delegation with U.S. Government agencies and the private sector.  During the meetings, MoMP’s representatives provided a comprehensive update on the current state of the Afghan extractive sector, while reinforcing the commitment of the Afghan government to reforms required to transition the extractive sector to a competitive and efficient market.  The MoMP’s representatives also provided an overview of potential mining projects and sought the private sector’s input on how to make the Afghan extractive industry more attractive to foreign private investment, as well as explained the ministry’s commitment to capacity building. In response, CLDP formally launched a 15 months-long extractive training course, designed for key technical and legal employees within the ministry.  

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

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