Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 25 February 2019- The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has recently conducted a training for African lawyers and government negotiators, to strengthen their negotiating capacities in deal negotiations involving investments in key economic sectors.

Convened in Accra, Ghana for two-days (14- 15 February, 2019), the workshop was organized in conjunction with the African Business Law Firms Association (ABFLA), under the auspices of the “ALSF Academy”. 40 government negotiators and 30 lawyers in private practice representing public and private organizations across Africa attended the workshop.

In his opening remarks, Stephen Karangizi, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ALSF said the topics covered during this training were “carefully chosen to fill identified knowledge gaps between lawyers academic training and legal practice.”

Participants benefited from a wide array of rich legal contributions and content on the techniques needed to successfully negotiate sustainable and equitable investment agreements for projects in the energy, mining, oil and gas sectors. The negotiation and legal intricacies of infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships were also covered. Participants and government officials attending the workshop commended the initiative, stating that the skills acquired were relevant and vital for the effetive and efficient discharge of their professional duties and official responsibilities.

Karangizi observed that the academy’s curriculum was co-developed by the ALSF, national and regional bar associations, including the Southern African Development Community Lawyers Association (SADCLA), the East African Law Society (EALS) and the International Training Centre in Africa for Francophone Lawyers (CIFAF) based in Cotonou, Benin. The academy’s capacity builing initiative is also accessible virtually via a portal
replete with learning tools and documentation sourced from the ALSF library.

The Accra workshop was also an opportunity for the ALSF to call on Regional Member Countries to contribute to the financial resources of the ALSF – all in a bid to strengthen its capacity to support African countries with their creditor litigation and negotiations for complex commercial transactions.

Previous ALSF Academy sessions have been held in Kigali, Rwanda and Cotonou, Benin in October and November 2018, respectively.

About ALSF

The African Legal Support Facility is an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank Group. The Facility is dedicated to funding legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in their negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management.

About the African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 44 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states.

African Legal Support Facility Contact:Eve Ehoura, e.ehoura@afdb.org

Media Contact:Chawki Chahed, c.chahed@afdb.org

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