Saudi Arabia: CLDP Conducts PPP Assessment

March 10, 2019 - March 12, 2019

On March 10-14, in Riyadh, CLDP met with stakeholders in the new public private partnership (PPP) legal regime in Saudi Arabia. CLDP met with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the National Center for Privatization and Public Private Partnerships (NCP), local attorneys representing U.S. companies bidding for PPP projects, and sector-specific government committees for the establishment of PPPs. This year the NCP published a draft privatization and PPP law for Saudi Arabia emphasizing international commercial law principles of PPP for which CLDP provided initial guidance. Once the law is finalized, CLDP has agreed to assist SAGIA and the NCP in the development of PPP regulations. During the assessment, CLDP identified the need for regulatory development and capacity building for fair opportunity and treatment of private sector companies bidding for PPPs in Saudi Arabia. CLDP plans to provide PPP capacity building programs for NCP, SAGIA and other ministry committees regarding the efficient and effective implementation of the new PPP law. With an effective PPP legal regime in Saudi Arabia, U.S. companies will have many large-scale opportunities to provide services to ministries as the country privatizes and partners with the private sector to develop government services that will reach the goals set forth in the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.

Upcoming Programs

June 17, 2019 - June 20, 2019

On June 17-20, 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP will partner with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Georgia Revenue Service (GRS) to deliver a customs and trade facilitation workshop with the Afghanistan Customs Department.  The workshop will continue CLDP’s support of Afghanistan Customs’ modernization initiatives, which have helped increase the transparency and predictability of Customs operations in Afghanistan—a key component of fostering a better business environment in Afghanistan for trade and investment.

The June 2019 workshop will build on previous CLDP and WCO-facilitated Customs exchanges between Afghanistan and Georgia; and the program will focus on Afghanistan’s continued implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA), as well as Afghanistan’s overlapping efforts to accede to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) for the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures.  In addition to transparency and Customs integrity topics, program participants will work during the 4-day exchange to identify regulatory frameworks for risk-based customs targeting, audit, and trusted trades programs. 

For information about CLDP and the WCO’s previous Customs exchanges between the Afghanistan Customs Department and the Georgia Revenue Service, please see “Afghanistan: CLDP Conducts Customs Project Management Training with the Afghanistan Customs Department, Georgia Revenue Service, and WCO.”

CLDP in Action

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia. 

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