Kigali, Rwanda, 4 December 2019: The African Legal Support Facility hosted a capacity-building workshop for the Government of Central African Republic on the extractives industry. The workshop, which welcomed twenty-nine (29) civil servants from across the Central African government, as well as parliamentarians, was organized and delivered by Mr. Bruno Gay, Ms. Nadia Chebbi, and Mr. Ruchdi Maalouf of the French law firm, DeGaulle Fleurance & Associé, in association with Mr. Nicolas Tiangaye of Cabinet Tiangaye. The workshop falls within the context of support provided by the ALSF to the Government of Central African Republic to assist the Government in ensuring future mining and petroleum concessions are efficient, transparent, fair, and profitable for Government.
The Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda at the Park Inn by Radisson from 2 to 9 December 2019, and covered a multitude of topics in the mining and petroleum sectors.
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The workshop was attended by Mr. Claude Bireau Rameaux, Ministre Conseiller Economique representing His Excellency Mr. Faustin Touadera, President of Central African Republic, and Mr. Sylvain Ngabtouka, representing the Minister of Mines and Geology, Mr. Leopold Mboli Fatrane. The workshop included civil servants across government including the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Public Health, and members of the National Assembly.
Mr. Tiangaye delivered a presentation specifically tailored toward Article 60 of the Constitution of CAR, requiring the National Assembly to approve all mining and petroleum agreements. Specific portions of the workshop were dedicated to empowering National Assembly members to undertake their duty of approval as required by the Constitution. National Assembly members will receive a special guide developed by the law firms to assist them in decision-making.
“Capacity building is part of a long-term partnership between the Government of CAR and the Facility. We are dedicated to ensuring that CAR is well supported and sustainable legal capacity is achieved”, said Ms. Maude Vallée, Chief Legal Counsel of the African Legal Support Facility, said of the Workshop.
“This is an excellent first-step toward CAR’s mining and petroleum sector reforms and the Facility is proud to have supported the Government of CAR”, added Ms. Shaina Salman, Legal Counsel at the Facility.
About the ALSF
Created by the African Development Bank in 2010, the ALSF supports governments in negotiating complex commercial transactions, providing legal and technical assistance in public-private partnership projects across the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors, and covering sovereign debt issues and creditor litigation.
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