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During their ALSF Annual Meetings held on 10 and 11 June 2019 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the ALSF Governing Council and the Management Board bid a fond farewell to the outgoing members of the Management Board, the Chairperson, Ms. Dorcas Auma Achapa (Kenya) and Professor Dandi Gnamou (Benin) for their three year dedication and excellent contributions to the Facility.

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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 11 June 2019 — The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 28th Management Board and 10th Governing Council meetings on 10 and 11 June 2019 respectively, on the margins of the 2019 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The members reviewed the 2018 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future of the organization.

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On April 30, 2019, The Government of The Gambia signed a petroleum exploration and production license with BP for the A1 block. In 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy initiated a project to undertake an open, transparent and competitive licensing process. However, it immediately became apparent that the implementation of this project would require legal and technical support. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy therefore requested the support of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF).

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Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 17 April 2019 - The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met to review the progress made in 2018 and to assess the implementation of its projects. The Board considered key issues and events which
will further be discussed on the margins of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group in June 2019 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 April 2019 - Rwanda signed a deal with Symbion Power to develop a $200-million-dollar energy plant on the shores of Lake Kivu. The Project is expected to generate an additional 56 Megawatts of electricity for the Country. It is a
significant step in Rwanda’s efforts to increase its installed power generation capacity by 291MW by 2024, the Government aims to increase its power generation capacity from 221MW to 512MW.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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