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James Agee Elected President of Checchi Consulting

Checchi Consulting is pleased to announce that James Agee was elected President of the company on October 21, 2016. Mr. Agee joined the company’s home office staff in June 2009 and was elected Vice President of Programs in October 2010. Mr. Agee succeeds Vincent A. Checchi, who will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Agee has more than 30 years of experience in international development and legal reform.  His experience with the company includes serving as the Home Office Technical Manager for USAID-funded contracts and task orders in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia, Mali and Moldova. From 2006 to 2009 he was the company’s Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Rule of Law Project, the largest USAID-funded rule of law activity in the world at the time. Mr. Agee also served as the company’s Chief of Party for the ELIPS-II Project in Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, where he worked on the development of legal infrastructure and legal education, as well as the establishment of Indonesia’s Competition Commission.

 
Checchi Awarded New Task Order in Mexico

In September 2016, Checchi Consulting was awarded a three-year task order by USAID/Mexico to implement the Transparency Rapid Response Project. The Company will support capacity-building of federal, state and local government institutions for the implementation of the National Anticorruption System. Among other activities, Checchi will support interinstitutional coordination, strengthen anticorruption networks in states and municipalities, help replicate the federal anticorruption structure in the states, and develop training initiatives for public institutions. The Company also will work to strengthen citizen participation and civil society oversight in order to increase transparency and government accountability.

 
Extension of the Security and Justice Sector Reform Project in Guatemala

In September 2016, Checchi Consulting received a one-year extension of its contract to implement the Security and Justice Sector Reform Project (SJSRP) in Guatemala. This modification extends the SJSRP through August 2018 and expands the Project’s anti-corruption and legal reform activities. The company will support the establishment and strengthening of specialized courts for high-profile corruption cases, as well as strengthen specialized prosecutors’ offices for extortion and corruption cases. Checchi will continue to help develop modern, transparent justice sector processes and strengthen civil society to encourage citizen participation in security and justice sector issues.

 
Checchi Awarded New Task Order in Afghanistan
In April 2016, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order by USAID/Afghanistan to implement the Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT) Project. Through ADALAT, USAID/Afghanistan seeks to improve the quality of legal services for all Afghan citizens. Checchi will work with formal judicial institutions, including the Afghan Supreme Court and Afghanistan Independent Bar Association, to improve the quality of professional training and legal education for judges and lawyers. In addition, Checchi will help build systems for better operational management in the formal justice sector, as well as develop greater links between the formal and informal justice systems. Finally, Checchi will work with a variety of civil society organizations to improve citizens’ awareness of their legal rights and resources through public outreach and education activities.
 
Extension of the CLE Program in Kosovo

In April 2016, Checchi Consulting received a 22-month extension of its contract to implement the USAID-funded Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program in Kosovo. During the extension period, the Company will provide technical assistance to the courts to resolve approximately 100,000 cases in order to eliminate the enforcement backlog, as well as improve the statistical reporting on enforcement cases done by the courts and the Kosovo Judicial Council. Activities in commercial law will be continued, resulting in the finalization and implementation of new laws pertaining to bankruptcy, late payments, business organization and mediation. All activities will be accompanied by public education and outreach efforts to ensure that the business community, and citizens in general, are aware of changes to enforcement systems and the commercial law framework.

 
Checchi Awarded New Task Order in Mali
In December 2015, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order through the Rule of Law IQC to implement the USAID/Mali Justice Project. The Company will work with the formal and informal justice sectors and civil society to advance institutional reforms, increase access to justice, and reduce corruption in order to enhance the delivery of justice services in Mali. The Company will provide technical assistance to improve the operational capacities of key justice sector institutions, especially the National Direction of Justice Administration (DNAJ) and the courts. The Company will also work with local NGOs to increase the availability of information regarding legal services, citizen rights, and justice-related reforms so that citizens better understand their rights under the Malian legal system. Finally, the Company will help establish targeted legal and advocacy services along key trade routes in order to reduce corruption.
 
Checchi Awarded New Task Order in Liberia
In July 2015, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order through the Rule of Law IQC to implement the USAID/Liberia Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Activity. Through this task order, the company will help to promote a more effective and accountable formal justice sector by strengthening the institutions that provide legal training in Liberia. The company will provide technical assistance to the Judicial Institute, National Bar Association, Legal Information Institute, and the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. Among other activities, the company will develop specialized training courses, design a new legal curriculum that includes a clinical legal education program, and mentor staff in improved administrative and financial procedures. In addition, the company will work to strengthen the Anti-corruption Commission in its ability to investigate and prosecute corruption-related crimes.
 
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