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?
2013 marked the first year of implementation of the Bank's Ten-Year Strategy for the period 2013-2022, approved in April by the Board of Directors, with the dual aims of economic inclusion and transition to green growth. Selectivity and the quest for results continue to serve as guides. In addition, the Bank stepped up efforts to consolidate resilience and set development milestones.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday, May 19 signed a grant agreement to provide the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) with financial support in the amount of US $3.0 million over a three-year period under the US Power Africa Initiative.
The grant agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) in Kigali, Rwanda, by USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Africa, Earl Gast, and ALSF Director, Stephen Karangizi.