The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda, lauded the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) for conducting a capacity-building training programme to equip government officials with the skills needed to negotiate favourable mining agreements. He reiterated the need for strengthened human capacity that is critical to facilitate Government’s efforts to maximize benefits from the extraction of natural resources in the mining sector.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) in the collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum officially launched a five-day training programme on Monday for senior government officials and members of the private sector in Kampala.
Participating in the seminar are 30 senior representatives of State Ministries and other institutions involved in the negotiation of mining agreements.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) hosted by the African Development Bank was represented in a panel discussion on “Taking Lessons to Invest in Power in New ‘Frontier’ Markets” at the African Energy Forum in Dubai on June 10, 2015. The aim of the panel discussion was to deliberate on ways through which countries can learn from other frontier markets in the development of their power sectors.
The Director of the African Legal Support Facility has called on international investors to secure business transactions that will be fair and balanced for company shareholders and stakeholders in government. He also said that a major contributor to the exorbitant cost and protracted nature of many African energy projects in Africa is inefficiency at the negotiating table caused by the fact that investors and government are not consistently speaking the same language or the lack of quality advice during negotiations of transactions.
The African Legal Support Facility will participate in the 17th Annual Africa Energy Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from June 8-11, 2015. The event held annually allows participants to deliberate about developments in Africa’s power sector.
Over the course of three days, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) will host the Ministerial Session that will feature over 9 Ministers from African countries where they will share insights and knowledge on the power sector in their respective countries.
The Governing Council and the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility met in Abidjan on May 24 and 25, 2015 on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings to review the Facility’s programmatic work and deliberate on considerations for future strategic engagements.
"During the 6th formal meeting of the Governing Council”, Charles Boamah, Vice-President of Finance at the African Development Bank and Chairperson of the Governing Council, thanked the members for their dedication to the African Legal Support Facility.
The African Development Bank has a busy schedule ahead as mining companies, investors, ministers, regulators policy-makers, civil society and the world's media gather at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town.
The governments of Ghana and Togo signed on 12 December 2014 a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of an African Water Facility -supported pipeline to bring drinking water from the lower Volta River in Ghana to the city of Lomé in Togo and the Ghanaian communities along the water transfer route. The AWF has offered a €1.4 million grant to Ghana to support the technical, legal and financial preparation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project.
The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or “the Facility”) wound up a two-day meeting on November 27, 2014 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with the approval of the Facility’s Work Plan and Budget for 2015 and the adoption of substantive documents for transmission to the ALSF Governing Council.
“The two-day meeting in Abidjan was vital. We see it as an opportunity to exercise our oversight and advisory role over the Facility. In addition, we are able to assess the progress made and share perspectives on the future of the Facility.” Board members said.
As the African Legal Support Facility’s Board holds a major meeting in the Ivorian capital, its Director, Stephen Karangizi, discusses the institution’s activities and outlook. “African Legal Support Facility’s work has benefited tremendously to RMCs and contributed to their development,” says Karangizi.
What are the key objectives and expectations of the African Legal Support Facility’s (ALSF) Board meeting on November 26 and 27 in Abidjan?