The Governing Council of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met Monday, May 23, 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia, on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings, to review the Facility’s programmatic work and deliberate on key milestones as well as plan for future requirements of African governments in the context of emerging demands for greater development impact on the continent.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Management Board is pleased to announce that Seward Cooper will become the Chairman of its Board on June 30, 2016. At its meeting on May 22, 2015 on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings, the Board also paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman, Sixtus Vusi, and Board Member Eve Sinare, whose tenure will end on June 29, 2016
The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from April 11 – 12, 2016 to review the 2016 strategic direction and priorities of the ALSF and also discuss key issues and events that will be convened at the sidelines of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in May 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia.
The Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF) welcomed the announcement from the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of the release of US $22 million to support legal advisory and capacity building initiatives in fragile states under the African Development Fund window.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and its partners concluded a five-day training focused on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure projects. Attended by PPP infrastructure experts from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Togo, Congo, Mauritania and Nigeria, the training was held under the ALSF’s flagship Nomadic PPP training programme that seeks to address institutional, legal, contractual and financial aspects of PPPs. The training was held from January 18-22, 2016 at the Centre d'études financières, économiques et bancaires (CEFEB) headquarters in Marseille, France.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Director, Stephen Karangizi, paid a courtesy visit to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Akinwumi Adesina, on December 8, 2015.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and partners launched the French version of the handbook “Understanding Power Purchase Agreements” (PPA) in Paris, France, on December 8, 2015.
The handbook has been published through a joint partnership with the ALSF and US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Programme (CLDP) as part of the Power Africa initiative. The handbook is intended to simplify legal terms of PPAs in order to help reduce the time required to negotiate sustainable and bankable projects.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) together with partners conducted a five-day training for government officials on the legal aspects of preparing Public Private Partnerships (PPP). The event was held from November 23-27, 2015 in Lomé, Togo.
The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met on November 27, 2015 and discussed the work plan and budget for 2016. The Board also assessed key achievements of projects that seek to enhance legal capacity in Africa.
There is no doubt that there are more opportunities for the legal fraternity in Africa and it is important to find solutions for enhancing the capacity of both public and private sector lawyers so as to strengthen commercial legal practice on the continent, says the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Director, Stephen Karangizi.
In a keynote address at a seminar held in Accra Ghana on 11 November 2015, Karangizi said that there are several reasons that lend credence to the notion that commercial legal practice is still inadequate in Africa.