DATES: MAY 9 - 20, 2016
TUITION: $3950

 

 

 

 

Overview

This seminar focuses on project management and monitoring, including team building and leadership. It is especially designed for managers of developing country projects and for persons responsible for implementing such projects. Past participants have come from government, utilities, corporations, international organizations and NGOs. The seminar will examine crucial issues and steps in project management. Participants are encouraged to bring an example of a project that they can relate to the seminar for discussion.

 

Course Outline

    Crucial Issues and Steps in Project Management
     
    • Defining objectives (logframe)
    • Managing the project environment
    • The project life cycle
    • Project identification, preparation and approval
    • Financial and economic analysis
    • Project financing
    • Team building and leadership
    • Organization alternatives
    • Communication, motivation
    • Managerial styles
    • Conflict resolution
    • Role of project managers
    • Implementing change
    • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
    • Critical path method
    • Project scheduling (MS Project Software)
    • Cost control
    • Risk analysis
    • Reporting and control
    • Monitoring
    • Database management systems (MS Access Software)
    • Introduction to procurement

     

    Course Advisors

    Robert Youker has over 35 years experience as a project management trainer and consultant. His project management experience includes new product development and consulting for many companies. Mr. Youker has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He consulted with the World Bank Institute to develop an instructor’s resource kit for Project Management training.

    Gopi Puri - After working in the Indian Steel industry for 17 years, Gopi Puri joined the World Bank, where he directed seminars at the World Bank Institute. In 1977 he joined the International Finance Corporation, where he appraised investment proposals in several industries. He has an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and has worked with more than 80 developing countries.

      

    DATES: NOV 28 - DEC 2, 2016    
    TUITION: $1995    
         

     

     

     

     

    Overview

    This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials how to draft, negotiate and interpret bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to resolve disputes arising from them, including the valuation of damages and enforcement of arbitral awards. The use of BITs has exploded in recent years, with almost 3,000 such treaties in effect. This course provides the participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles applied in Investor-State arbitration.

     

    Course Outline

     

    Basic Standards for the Treatment of Foreign Investment

    • Background on the history of free trade and other agreements relating to foreign investment
    • Minimum standards under customary international law
    • Substance of common investor protection clauses in BITs, including national treatment, MFN, fair and equitable treatment, and expropriation and nationalization

     

    Investor-State Dispute Settlement

    • Arbitration under various treaties and rules, including ICSID, NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL
    • Parallel proceedings and related problems
    • Selection of forum and the arbitrators
    • Sources and choice of applicable law
    • Key jurisdictional thresholds: consent, investment (jurisdiction ratione materiae), investor (jurisdiction ratione personae)
    • State defenses to investor claims
    • Methods of calculating damages
    • Recognition, enforcement and challenges to an arbitral award

     

    Course Advisors

    Ian A. Laird is co-chair of the Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015. He is the co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InvestmentClaims.com, the on-line investment arbitration award service published by Oxford University Press. He is licensed to practice in Washington DC as a Special Legal Consultant and in Ontario, Canada as a Barrister & Solicitor.

    Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, DC.  He represents governments in international arbitration matters in a variety of sectors.  He was recognized by the Who's Who of International Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015 as a leading practitioner.  He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools, an Editor of Oxford’s InvestmentClaims.com, and a Co-Chair of the Annual Juris Conference in D.C.  His publications have been cited by arbitral tribunals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

     

     

    DATES: APR 11 - 22, 2016    
           
    TUITION: $3950    
           

     

     

     

    Overview

    This course provides hands-on training in the selection procedures, contractual issues, and negotiation techniques for hiring and supervising consultants and other providers of technical services for projects funded by the World Bank and other financial institutions. The course will also address the broader topic of policy and legal issues related to the hiring of intellectual and technical services: professional liability and conflicts of interest; provisions in the UNCITRAL model law; practices advocated by FIDIC and other professional associations, and practices followed in developed countries.

     

    Course Outline

     

    Overview of Procurement of Consulting Services

    • Consulting services distinguished from goods, works and technical services
    • Historical development and evolved practices
    • Special features in hiring consultants: cost as a selection factor, burden of professional liability, intellectual property issues, conflicts of interest
    • Electronic government procurement (e-GP)

     

    Typical Consulting Contracts

    • Lump-sum, time-based, indefinite delivery, and percentage contracts
    • Important contract provisions: payments, liabilities, conflicts of interest, and intellectual property matters

     

    Hiring of Consultants in IFI-funded Projects

    • Harmonization of the Guidelines for the Selection of Consultants of the World Bank and Other IFIs
    • Selection procedures
    • Terms of reference, requests for proposal
    • Choice of contract
    • Evaluation of proposals
    • Contract negotiations
    • Supervision of consultants
    • Contracting Consulting Services under UNCITRAL, U.S. Government Regulations, and Other Public Agencies Including Performance Based Acquisition

     

    Hands-on Exercise: Preparation of TORs, RFPs, Evaluation Reports

     

    Course Advisor 

    Sabine Engelhard is a lawyer who recently retired from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She previously worked for the World Bank and the private sector in prominent law firms and consulting organizations. Ms. Engelhard led the procurement harmonization efforts with other Multilateral Development Banks on behalf of the IDB. She represented the IDB in several high-profile international initiatives with the OECD and the WTO aimed at strengthening and using country procurement systems and preventing fraud and corruption. She led the modernization of the procurement function at the IDB. She holds master-level and post-graduate degrees in law, international relations, and European studies. Additionally, she has completed the first part of a Ph. D. in European Law. She is a regular speaker at international procurement-related events and is fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish.

     

     

    DATES: APR 18 - 22, 2016    
           
    TUITION: $1995    
           

     

     

     

     

    Overview

    This seminar highlights key applications and recent developments in respect to international borrowing and debt management, and comprises the second week of the International Borrowing and Debt Management seminar. The goal is to assist policy makers and practitioners from emerging economies to understand recent developments and plan for long term challenges, in a fast changing international borrowing and debt management environment, and could include the application and recent developments in respect to.

    Course Outline

    International Market Access

    • World Bank, IMF, and other multilateral development banks – Lending policies, legal constraints, pitfalls & advantages
    • Direct sovereign lending
    • Public syndicated bank loans
    • Term structure of external debt
    • Currency denomination issues

     

    Domestic Bond Markets

    • Substitution of domestic debt for international borrowing
    • Bond auctions and the issuance calendar
    • Creation and uses of a sovereign yield curve
    • Accounting and transparency
    • Developing local currency bond markets

     

    Credit Risk and Analysis

    • International country-risk analysis
    • Ratings and rating agencies
    • Project analysis
    • Corporate credit analysis

     

    Negotiations and Debt Restructuring

    • Negotiating techniques
    • Sovereign-debt renegotiation
    • Debt reduction strategies
    • Key financial and legal clauses
    • Disclosure
    • Role of outside advisors

     

    Debt Management Capacity and Risk Management

    • Developing the domestic institutions for debt management
    • Accountability and transparency
    • Interactions with other domestic institutions
    • The term structure and roll-over risks
    • Currency risk
    • Inflation risk and indexation
    • Output risk and GDP-linked debt
    • Government guarantees and contingent debt

     

    Debt and Development

    • Managing a balance between the sovereign borrower and the investing public
    • Fiscal planning and management
    • Balance-of-payments management
    • Sources of payments imbalances: monitoring their indicators
    • Comparison of developing country fiscal management and borrowing strategies
    • Understanding debt sustainability

     

    Course Advisor

    Professor Reid Click is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs and Chair of the International Business Department at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D. in economics and international business from the University of Chicago. Prof. Click teaches courses in international financial management, international business strategy, and international economics. His academic research has been published in leading journals, and he has also been a consultant for several international organizations.

     

     

    DATES: APR 11 - 22, 2016  
    TUITION: $3950  
         

     

     

     

     

    Overview

    This seminar explores key topics with respect to international borrowing and debt management. The goal is to assist policy makers and practitioners from emerging economies to plan for long term challenges, in a fast changing international borrowing and debt management environment.

    Course Outline

    International Market Access

    • World Bank, IMF, and other multilateral development banks – Lending policies, legal constraints, pitfalls & advantages

    • Direct sovereign lending

    • Public syndicated bank loans

    • Term structure of external debt

    • Currency denomination issues

     

    Domestic Bond Markets

    • Substitution of domestic debt for international borrowing

    • Bond auctions and the issuance calendar

    • Creation and uses of a sovereign yield curve

    • Accounting and transparency

    • Developing local currency bond markets

     

    Credit Risk and Analysis

    • International country-risk analysis

    • Ratings and rating agencies

    • Project analysis

    • Corporate credit analysis

     

    Negotiations and Debt Restructuring

    • Negotiating techniques

    • Sovereign-debt renegotiation

    • Debt reduction strategies

    • Key financial and legal clauses

    • Disclosure

    • Role of outside advisors

     

    Debt Management Capacity and Risk Management

    • Developing the domestic institutions for debt management

    • Accountability and transparency

    • Interactions with other domestic institutions

    • The term structure and roll-over risks

    • Currency risk

    • Inflation risk and indexation

    • Output risk and GDP-linked debt

    • Government guarantees and contingent debt

     

    Debt and Development

    • Managing a balance between the sovereign borrower and the investing public

    • Fiscal planning and management

    • Balance-of-payments management

    • Sources of payments imbalances: monitoring their indicators

    • Comparison of developing country fiscal management and borrowing strategies

    • Understanding debt sustainability

     

    Course Advisor

    Professor Reid Click is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs and Chair of the International Business Department at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D. in economics and international business from the University of Chicago. Prof. Click teaches courses in international financial management, international business strategy, and international economics. His academic research has been published in leading journals, and he has also been a consultant for several international organizations.