Dispute resolution practices progressing across the continent

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Dispute resolution practices vary in many respects from one African country to another, although some significant similarities are apparent. The latter includes a predominance of preference for litigation in handling disputes, for various reasons, although arbitration is gaining increasing acceptance, while mediation is lagging behind. This was highlighted in the responses LEX Africa received from […]

Focus on Senegal – a country under construction

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Senegal is one of the most stable countries in Africa, with three peaceful political transitions since independence in 1960, according to the World Bank. President Macky Sall has been in power since 2012 and won a second five-year term in February 2019. Gateway to Africa Located at the westernmost point of the continent and served […]

Renewable energy in the spotlight

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With global energy focused on carbon emissions in the run up to COP26, the role of Africa in the energy transition is once again under the spotlight. African policy makers are grappling with big questions about how to move their countries forward, particularly oil and coal producers, many of them under pressure from developed countries […]

Challenges abound in West Africa – but hope springs eternal

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By Amadou Barry – Counsel at Thiam & Associes – Guinea Conakry   The democratic progress of West African states achieved over the last decades is being undermined by disruptive events like military coups. Prior to the most recent military coup in the Republic of Guinea in September, the West African region experienced a military […]

The bonfire of the tax treaties

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Senegal and Zambia unilaterally scrapping tax treaties with Mauritius has shaken up the African investment and legal landscape. Senegal and Zambia have blamed “unbalanced” and “unfair” treaties for their surprise decisions to terminate double-taxation agreements with Mauritius. Tearing up a tax treaty is highly unusual in the circumspect world of international diplomacy and several other […]

ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority launches in The Gambia

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The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (“ECOWAS“) officially launched its Regional Competition Authority today in Banjul, The Gambia. The ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (“ERCA“) is established to implement the Regional Competition Rules adopted by the ECOWAS Authority in 2008. These Rules essentially promote, maintain and encourage competition while enhancing economic efficiency […]

Surge in Senegal’s foreign investments over stable governance

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China, India, the UAE and several western countries have long been lured to Senegal over it’s political and economic attractiveness. In March this year, Senegal secured yet another massive deal in foreign investment. President of Turkey Recep Erdogan announced that USD 582 million would be injected into the West Africa country for construction, agriculture and […]