Echoes from the field

APLA Annual Workshop

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) in partnership with the African Natural Resources Management and Investment Center of the African Development Bank and the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU) launched the annual workshop of the African Petroleum Legislation Atlas (APLA) Project and the Guiding Template on 12 December 2022 at EMU in Maputo, Mozambique.

The launch of Guiding Template and APLA annual workshop saw the participation of members of the EMU’s Governing Body, students of the Faculty of Law, and Hon. Antonio Osvaldo Saide, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources. This was followed by a panel discussion of experts in the oil and gas industry from Mozambique. Members of the panel included: (i) Leopoldo Amaral, Managing Partner, Loa Advogados Associados, (ii) Taciana Lopez, Mozambique Women in Energy, and (iii) Naima Capao, National Petroleum Institute of Mozambique. The panel discussion was moderated by Mohamed Stevens of the ALSF.

The APLA annual workshop brought together 25 experts in the oil and gas sector to building the capacity of future African legal professionals on the use of the APLA Platform and on overall contemporary oil and gas law issues.

A total of nine (9) students six (6) from Rivers States University, Porthacourt , Nigeria and three (3) from EMU, Maputo, Mozambique  were competitively selected as member of the APLA legal research team (LRT) for the Project. Selection criteria was inclusive of gender consideration which resulted to three (3) males and six (6) female students being selected.

The LRTs went through training on: the upstream oil and gas value chain, contemporary oil and gas issues, the  use of APLA Platform, and  career development planning from 12 to 16 December 2022. At the closing ceremony of the workshop on 16 December 2022, each LRT was awarded with a certificate of participation signed by the Director of ALSF, Mr. Olivier Pognon and the Dean of the Faculty of Law of EMU, Mr. Teodosio Lourenco Uate.


About the ALSF

Established by the African Development Bank in 2008, the ALSF assists African governments in negotiating complex commercial transactions, providing legal and technical assistance and developing capacity building tools in the key sectors of infrastructure and public-private partnerships, energy, natural resources and extractive industries, as well as on sovereign debt and creditor disputes.


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