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LEX Africa examines the progress of the AfCFTA

Africa Update

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is in it’s the second year of operation as Africa’s biggest trading platform. Expectations are high and pressure from African ministers may have provided the AfCFTA with much-need impetus. The AfCFTA topped the agenda at the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, […]

Mixed fortunes ahead for African countries in 2023

Africa Update

Economic growth in Africa is expected to slow to 3.8% in 2023, from 4.1% in 2022, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023 report. In terms of how this is expected to play out across the continent, it says growth is expected to ramp up slightly in West Africa, remain […]

Rwanda – One of the most successful and fastest growing economies in Africa


Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a small, landlocked and densely populated country of just over 13.5 million people, situated in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa. Bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda is known for its breathtaking scenery, and its mountain gorillas are a particularly lucrative […]

Ivory Coast – A country of historic growth and future promise

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Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rain forests and a French-colonial legacy and a population of almost twenty-four million. Its capital is Yamoussoukro, while its largest city and economic centre is the port city of Abidjan. The country borders Guinea and Mali to the northwest, Liberia to the west, Burkina Faso […]

Mozambique’s vast hydro-power project could create a regional energy hub


Mozambique is a scenic country in southeastern Africa and its capital, Maputo, is the commercial and cultural centre. The country is rich in natural resources, is biologically and culturally diverse, it has a tropical climate, and its beautiful beaches are an important attraction for its growing tourism industry. Its extensive coastline offers some of Africa’s best […]

Legalising personal use of cannabis in Zimbabwe

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LEX Africa member firm Scanlen & Holderness is challenging the current Zimbabwe laws that ban personal use of cannabis – that is, the criminalization of the possession, cultivation, use and consumption of cannabis. The case is being handled by Associate Tapiwa John Chivanga who is passionate about this issue and has been working at the […]

Ghana: Opportunities and Challenges

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Ghana is considered to be one of the leading countries in Africa, even though it is small both in terms of area and a population of approximately 31 million. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa, Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa where Europeans arrived to trade – first in gold, and […]

Eswatini: A renowned tourist destination with valuable mineral wealth

eSwatini news

Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, is a small landlocked kingdom in Southern Africa is bordered by both South Africa and Mozambique. It is one of Africa’s smallest countries, little more than half the size of Belgium, and has a population of just under 1.3 million people. The country has a very young population, with more than one-third […]

Zimbabwe: New case on enforceability of choice of law clauses

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Article by Fidelis Manyuchi of Zimbabwean firm, Scanlen & Holderness Choice of Law in the face of Delta Beverages (Private) Limited v Blakey Investments (Private) Limited SC 59/22. The issue of choice of law has come to the forefront with the advent of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the increase in international […]

Sankara judgment a new beacon in Africa

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Burkina Faso’s ‘Sankara case’ is finally over, after 25 years in court and 35 years after the crimes were committed. The judgment is being described as a landmark for African jurisprudence and a wake-up call for the continent’s errant political leaders. A military court in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, has ordered the country’s former president Blaise […]


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