CLDP Begins Program with Palestinian Authority

April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017
CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Minister of National Economy H.E. Abeer Odeh
CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Minister of National Economy H.E. Abeer Odeh

CLDP Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy travelled to Jerusalem and Ramallah on April 24-27 to begin implementation of CLDP’s new program with the Palestinian Authority. The initial areas identified under the interagency agreement with the State Department call for work on competition and intellectual property. CLDP also expects to sign another agreement soon that will cover franchising. With excellent support from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem, CLDP met with senior government officials and private sector leaders to begin designing programs that will improve economic conditions and support a better business environment in the West Bank. Minister of National Economy Odeh and Attorney General Barak both showed enthusiasm about working with CLDP, and said they would welcome CLDP experts to build capacity, help refine legislative drafts and enhance the regulations to implement various laws.

CLDP Chief Counsel Steve Gardner and Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy meet with Attorney General Dr. Ahmad Barak

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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