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The progress of industrial development across Africa

Africa Update

Thirty-seven African countries have become more industrialised over the past eleven years, according to a recent report from the African Development Bank, the African Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). South Africa held top position, with Morocco in second place followed by Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritius, and Eswatini. And Djibouti, Benin, Mozambique, Senegal, […]

Africa well positioned to benefit from global green mineral boom

Africa Update

Africa is home to some 30% of the world’s mineral reserves, 8% of its natural gas reserves, and 12% of its oil reserves, according to the United Nations.  It also has 40% of the world’s gold, up to 90% of its chromium and platinum, and the largest reserves of cobalt, diamonds, platinum and uranium in […]

The progress of internet connectivity in Africa

Africa Update

The boost in undersea cable capacity that is on the cards for Africa bodes well for the acceleration of internet availability and quality across the continent. Among other things, it promises to pave the way for a fintech and data centre boom across the continent and change the fortunes of the African countries that embrace the opportunities it provides. According to research firm […]

The COMESA Competition Commission’s increasing emphasis on competition enforcement and conduct cases

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Article by: Pieter Steyn – Chairperson of LEX Africa, Director Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) covers 21 countries namely Burundi, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Somalia, Tunisia Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The […]

LEX Africa member firms achieve top OHADA rankings

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OHADA (or the “Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires”) is a system of harmonised business laws and implementing institutions adopted by sixteen West and Central African nations. Several of our members have recently been recognised by LEX4.com as the best OHADA law firms in Africa. These awards have also been endorsed by […]

The effect of Covid-19 and business resilience

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Companies worldwide are and will inevitably be affected in the short and medium-term by the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). Decline in commodity prices due to the falling demand in China, travel restrictions, city and provincial quarantines, confinement of people willingly or by force to their homes, and the reduced job mobility affect the trade of goods […]

Can East Africa stir the DRC sleeping giant?

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s bid to join the East African Community has been put on hold due to postponement of an EAC Heads of State Summit from November 30 to an unspecified time in 2020. A declaration of interest in becoming a member of the EAC – by DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi early in […]

New member in Congo – Brazzaville

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It gives us great pleasure to advise that our existing member in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will now represent the Congo – Brazzaville region. Located in the heart of downtown Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates, SARLU, is a law firm that provides investors and financiers, informed opinion […]

Tax agreement between China and Republic of Congo

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The People’s Republic of China (“China”), like other countries such as France, Italy, Mauritius, has signed a Tax Agreement with the Republic of Congo (“the Congo”) to prevent double taxation and tax evasion between the two states (“the Tax Convention”) , as of September 05, 2018, on the sidelines of the China – Africa Summit. In recent years, China has deployed […]

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