The Saudi Lawyers Association discusses trends in public-private partnerships and best practices


The Saudi Bar Association and the Commercial Law Development Program at the US Department of Commerce held two workshops entitled “Public-Private Partnership Trends and Best Practices”, with the support of the US Department of State, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The first workshop was held at the authority’s headquarters in Riyadh, with the presentation of a member of the Lawyers’ Committee in the Riyadh region, Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al-Suwailem, the participation of the senior advisor in the Commercial Law Development Program James Philby, and a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Law School Don Demises, while the second workshop was held at the University of Business and Technology UPT In Jeddah, presented by the Secretary of the Lawyers’ Committee in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Lawyer Yousef Al-Madani, with the participation of a member of the Lawyers’ Committee in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Attorney Sarah Al-Omari, and the representative of the US State Department, Cyprien Christian.

The two workshops began in the opening session with an introduction to public-private partnerships, and discussed the trends of public-private contracting in the Gulf, private financing for partnerships between the two sectors, and the realization of partnerships between them.

They reviewed the efforts made by the Kingdom’s government in developing trade systems in line with international best practices, thus contributing to the transition to a knowledge-based economic system that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and an active participant in the global economy.

It is worth noting that the Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce aims to improve the legal environment for doing business in countries around the world, thus enhancing political stability and economic opportunities.

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