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Legal and Regulatory Reform

Support for DR-CAFTA Implementation in Nicaragua – FMI is implementing the Nicaragua DR-CAFTA Implementation Project, a trade and investment promotion project that assists Nicaragua realize the full range of opportunities offered by DR-CAFTA. The Project has four integrated components: (1) work with the Nicaraguan public and private sectors to strengthen institutional capacity and reform legal framework in order to benefit from DR-CAFTA (2) harmonize the Government of Nicaragua’s legal and regulatory regime with treaty obligations; (3) enhance competitiveness, productivity, economic diversification, and investment in the Nicaraguan private sector; and (4) promote public awareness and education on the benefits of DR-CAFTA. Additionally, the Project has served as the lead provider of technical assistance services to both the Government of Nicaragua (spanning both the Bolanos and Ortega Administrations) and the private sector on issues including institutional development of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MIFIC), trade capacity building for the Customs Service and Intellectual Property Registry, and systems development in food safety, strategic planning, and financial management for leading Chambers of Commerce (e.g. APEN, COSEP, CADIN, CACONIC). Period of Performance: 2006-2009

Morocco Commercial Law/Judicial Modernization – FMI assisted the Government of Morocco to reform its commercial laws and improve the operations of its commercial court system. Key initiatives included a comprehensive assessment of Moroccan commercial laws with an emphasis on bankruptcy and intellectual property rights laws, and drafting of reform-minded amendments that will encourage foreign investment and economic growth. FMI organized joint public-private sector working groups to participate in drafting and revising the commercial laws, and to make suggestions for improving overall judicial practices. For judges, government officials, and private sector leaders, FMI conducted training seminars in the areas of anti-trust, consumer protection, intellectual property, and competition policy laws. FMI completed automation of the Marrakech Commercial court, and assisted in the installation of a website and judicial statistics system for the Ministry of Justice. Other initiatives under this project included implementation of an in-depth National Judicial Training Program on various aspects of commercial law, and legal and procedural reform in the area of bankruptcy. Period of Performance: 2002-2005

World Bank IOSCO Securities Laws Comparative Analysis – For the World Bank, FMI worked with the securities markets regulators in a number of developing countries to analyze each nations’ securities laws. FMI analyzed these securities laws for their compliance with the IOSCO Best Practices Principles for Securities Markets (International Organization of Securities Commissioners). Period of Performance: 2000

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