Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 25 February 2019- The African Legal Support Facility 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.
The European Commission has approved a grant of 5 million euros to the African Legal Support Facility, to finance the Facility’s Medium Term Strategy for the next five years.
ALSF, hosted by the African Development Bank, to date has supported African countries to negotiate commercial deals worth more than US$60 billion in potential investments, mainly in the infrastructure and extractive sectors
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and KfW Development Bank have signed an agreement to extend a €4 million grant from the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW to the Facility. This assistance builds on a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding
between the two institutions under which ALSF was given a grant of €5 million.
A ten-day regional workshop aimed at discussing issues around the sustainable development of Africa’s mining sector dubbed ‘The 2018 African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA)’ kicked off on the 9 th December 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The AMLA Project is one of the flagship projects of the ALSF implemented with different partners including the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, the Extractive Industries Technical Assistance Facilities (EI-TAF), the African Union Commission (AUC), and several African University law faculties.
The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met on 26th November 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss the 2017 ALSF Effectiveness Review and assess its operations and institutional activities in 2018.
From advisory services and capacity building and knowledge management activities to the manner in which communications are conducted, all elements of the Facility’s work were discussed.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 6 November 2018 - Stephen Karangizi, Director andChief Executive Officer of the African Legal Support Facility on Monday said the facility offers the needed tools for African countries to better negotiate infrastructure investment deals. He also noted that the facility helps to create transparency between African governments, and private sector funders and providers of essential infrastructure.
One of the key drivers of attracting Foreign Direct Investment is the need for African countries to conclude equitable and durable agreements with investors that can stand the test of time. Unfortunately many African countries often face the challenge of negotiating these deals due to having limited expertise in the new areas that are often not taught at African institutions. The African Legal Support Facility was set up by the African Development Bank to remove the asymmetrical technical capacities and level the field of legal expertise among parties to litigation and negotiations.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)’s Management Board is responsible for the efficient and effective conduct of all its operations, as well as the approval of its Budget and appointment of its Director. The Board is composed of five members, serving in their personal capacity, who are each appointed by the Governing Council for a three-year, non-renewable term.
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 29 June 2018—The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) hosted a conference on Arbitration in Africa, and the launch the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
São Tomé, São Tomé & Príncipe, 18-22 June 2018 – São Tomé is currently awarding exploration licenses to oil companies which could potentially lead to discoveries and production of oil in the country.