Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, December 8, 2020: The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) today wrapped up a series of eight webinars organized since July 2020, through the ALSF Academy, in partnership with the High Regional School of Magistracy (ERSUMA).
The webinar of December 8, 2020, titled: “Strategies and techniques for drafting mining and petroleum contracts in the OHADA space” was organized as a panel discussion between various speakers, followed by a Question and Answer session. It focused on the preparation for the negotiation of mining and petroleum agreements, but also on the nature of these contracts and the use of standard contracts or model clauses. This webinar also provided an opportunity to recall the stakes involved in the successful negotiation and drafting of these contracts, as well as to discuss the relevant legal frameworks of countries in the OHADA zone. This panel was moderated by Me Aboubacar Fall, Associate Lawyer at AF Legal law firm, Me Bruno Gay, Senior Counsel at De Gaulle Fleurance et Associés law firm and Me Nadia Chebbi, Lawyer at De Gaulle Fleurance et Associés law firm.
This webinar concludes a series of eight webinars aimed at creating a discussion platform on key issues for legal professionals in French-speaking Africa.
Over the past six months, various topics have been discussed during the webinars, in the areas of natural resources, infrastructure, sovereign debt and investment arbitration. This series of webinars has highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on the above-mentioned sectors, with in particular, the webinar of July 7, 2019 titled "The COVID-19 pandemic and investment arbitration", the webinar of September 8, 2020 titled "Recommendations to governments and measures to be taken to effectively manage PPP contracts during COVID-19" but also the webinar of October 20, 2020 titled "Impacts and opportunities after COVID-19 on the infrastructure sector".
Recordings of the webinars are available online at: http://biblio.ohada.org/pmb/opac_css/index.php?lvl=etagere_see&id=10.
ALSF is delighted to note that in all, these webinars were attended by about a thousand French-speaking African legal professionals.
This initiative demonstrates the importance of the partnership between ALSF and ERSUMA and their common goal of ensuring the dissemination of law in Africa by capacity building, particularly through the ALSF Academy.
Established by the African Development Bank in 2010, the ALSF assists governments in the negotiation of complex commercial transactions, by providing legal advisory and technical assistance within the framework of public-private partnership projects in the oil and gas, as well as the mining and energy sectors, notwithstanding issues of sovereign debts and creditor litigations.
About th ALSF Academy
The ALSF Academy is a high quality, standardized, three-level capacity building training and certification program focused on African government officials, lawyers and other professionals practicing in the ALSF’s key sectors: mining, oil & gas, power, infrastructure and PPPs, and sovereign debt.