Joint Seminar with Harvard Law School on "Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies: Building Africa's Legal Professions in the Age of Globalization"
- Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2012
- Venue: Arusha International Conference Center
- Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Moderator: Prof. David Wilkins, Harvard Law School
- C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal University Dean of the Jindal Global Law School, India
- Jose Carlos Meirelles, Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasil
- Taswell Papier, Partner, Edwards Nathan Sonnenbergs, South Africa
- Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Africa’s stated goal as enshrined in the Abuja Treaty (1991) is the creation of an African Economic Community as a means of re-positioning Africa as an integrated, inter-connected and prosperous continent. The Regional Economic Communities have been identified as the building blocks for achieving this objective through regional integration. Numerous studies, analysis and forums have brought out the fact that one of the biggest constraints to Africa’s integration and competitiveness has been fragmented, inadequate and underperforming infrastructure systems in terms of transport, ICT, energy and water. The study on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has estimated Africa’s losses as a result of underperforming and inefficient infrastructure at USD172 billion.