African Legal Support Facility

05-Jul-2019

African Legal Support Facility appoints new chairman and two board members

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has bid a fond farewell to the outgoing members of the Management Board, the Chairperson, Dorcas Auma Achapa (Kenya) and Professor Dandi Gnamou (Benin) for their three years of excellent contributions to the organization. Afterwards, the ALSF warmly welcomed two additions to its Management Board – Eva Jhala (Zambia) and Nimatou D. Feliho (Benin). The two will serve for three years. The passing of the torch occurred on 10 and 11 June at the Annual Meetings of the ALSF in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Jhala is an established Zambian lawyer who...
11-Jun-2019

African Development Bank 2019 Annual Meetings: African Legal Support Facility holds Management Board, Governing Council meetings

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 28th Management Board and 10th Governing Council meetings on 10 and 11 June 2019 respectively, on the margins of the 2019 African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The members reviewed the 2018 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future of the organisation. After the Board’s approval, the Governing Council subsequently endorsed the 2018 Annual Report and the audited financial statements as of December 2018. They also took note of a presentation of the progress report on projects implemented in...
16-May-2019

African Legal Support Facility partners Utility CEOs Forum

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), hosted by the African Development Bank, has been named the official partner of the seventh Utility CEOs Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum opened this week on the side-lines of Africa Utility Week. It entailed closed-door meetings, facilitated under Chatham House Rules. It was designed to foster dialogue through confidentiality and trust, enabling the utility heads to address pertinent industry challenges. The ALSF will be leading discussions on the pressures of foreign currency and exchange control and local content in project...
08-May-2019

ALSF Management Board reviews its activities ahead of African Development Bank 2019 Annual Meetings

The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has met to review progress made in 2018 and to assess the implementation of its projects. The Board considered key issues and events, which will be discussed further on the margins of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group, scheduled to take place next month in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Established in 2008, the ALSF is an international public institution, hosted by the African Development Bank Group. Its mandate is to support African states by providing legal advisory services, launching capacity-...
18-Apr-2019

African Legal Support Facility supports $200 million energy plant in Rwanda

The African Legal Support Facility has provided advisory services support to the Government of Rwanda for the negotiation of its deal with Symbion Power to develop a $200-million-dollar energy plant by Lake Kivu in Rwanda, signed on 29 March 2019. The energy plant is expected to generate an additional 56 MW of electricity for Rwanda, marking a significant step in Rwanda’s efforts to increase its installed power generation capacity by 291MW to 512MW by 2024. The plant will extract methane gas from the production area at Lake Kivu and use it to produce electricity. The Symbion Power...
26-Mar-2019

Uganda becomes 27th member of the African Legal Support Facility

Uganda has ratified the agreement for the establishment of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), becoming the 27th member state of the body, which is an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank Group. The Facility, known as ALSF, is dedicated to funding legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in their negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management. Ugandan Minister of...
15-Mar-2019

EOI - Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries - ALSF

The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or the “Facility”) hereby invites individual consultants to indicate their interest in the following Assignment: Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries. The ALSF is currently recruiting a Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries and natural resources.
28-Feb-2019

African Legal Support Facility trains African lawyers on negotiating deals in key economic sectors

The African Legal Support Facility has completed a two-day workshop for African lawyers and government negotiators, aimed at strengthening their capacity to negotiate complex deals involving investments in key economic sectors. The workshop, co-organized with the African Business Law Firms Association (ABFLA) under  the African Legal Support Facility Academy, was held in Accra, Ghana, from 14-15 February, 2019. Forty government negotiators and 30 lawyers in private practice representing public and private organizations across Africa, attended the workshop. In his opening...
18-Jan-2019

EOI - Legal Consultant-Office of the Director – ALSF

The ALSF is hosted at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The ALSF's main objectives include: (i) assisting African Governments in defending against litigation brought against them by vulture funds (and other such entities); (ii) providing legal advisory services to African Governments in the negotiation of complex commercial transactions relating to extractive resources, infrastructure, PPPs, debt, and related commercial agreements; (iii) capacity building for lawyers related to the above; and (iv) development of knowledge products.
15-Jan-2019

The African Legal Support Facility to receive € 5 million grant from the European Union

The European Commission has approved a grant of 5 million euros to the African Legal Support Facility, to finance the Facility’s Medium Term Strategy for the next five years. ALSF, hosted by the African Development Bank, to date has supported African countries to negotiate commercial deals worth more than US$60 billion in potential investments, mainly in the infrastructure and extractive sectors. This assistance from the European Union, will boost resources required to consolidate these achievements and reinforce partnership between the two organisations in other common areas of...
18-Dec-2018

The African Legal Support Facility receives €4 million from Germany

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and KfW Development Bank have signed an agreement to extend a €4 million grant from the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW to the Facility. This assistance builds on a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions under which ALSF was given a grant of €5 million. This financial assistance will support ALSF’s interventions to strengthen legal capacities for complex contract negotiations in Africa. In so doing, this will help African countries achieve fairer contracts, mainly in the extractives industry, infrastructure...
27-Nov-2018

ALSF Management Board adopts 2019 Work Plan and Budget

The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met on 26h November 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss the 2017 ALSF Effectiveness Review and assess its operations and institutional activities in 2018. From advisory services and capacity building and knowledge management activities to the manner in which communications are conducted, all elements of the Facility’s work were discussed. Equipped with a more insightful view of the ALSF’s previous work, the Board reviewed and adopted the Work Plan and Budget for 2019. During the meeting, the ALSF Board...
16-Oct-2018

African Legal Support Facility launches Academy Project

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has launched a flagship initiative, the “ALSF Academy Project." Under this initiative, the ALSF has developed a three-level capacity building and certification program. This program will be conducted through an interactive online portal, starting with an inception phase consisting of a series of in-person workshops. It is an innovative tool that will efficiently produce, collect and disseminate knowledge, as well as provide tailor-made training solutions for African lawyers and professionals. The ALSF is implementing the Academy Project in...
12-Sep-2018

ALSF wins Best Legal Department of the Year prize at the African Legal Awards

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) was recognized as Best Legal Department of the Year (Large Teams) at the 2018 Annual African Legal Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 8 August. The ALSF also received special mention for its efforts in assisting African governments in negotiating investment related transactions essential for their social and economic development.  Other key awards presented during the ceremony included International Law Firm of the Year, African Law Firm of the Year (Large and Small Practice) and General Counsel of the Year. ...
13-Jul-2018

African Legal Support Facility and African Natural Resources Centre strengthen capacity in negotiating fisheries agreements and licences

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), in partnership with the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank, recently held a capacity development workshop to support coastal African countries in effectively negotiating fisheries agreements and concessions. The workshop took place 2-6 July  at the Protea Centurion Marriott Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa. A similar workshop was earlier held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in May for a first batch of coastal countries. Both workshops were organised based on official languages of the countries. Welcoming participants...
03-Jul-2018

ALSF hosts conference on arbitration in Africa and launch of African Arbitration Association

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) hosted a conference on Arbitration in Africa, and launch of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. All 71 arbitral institutions in Africa created the Africa Arbitration Association to promote the development of international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent. Speaking on behalf of the Bank’s Acting General Counsel, Anne Marie Mecca observed that by creating the AfAA, arbitral institutions can have a forum where they pool resources to coordinate efforts toward...
21-Jun-2018

African Legal Support Facility receives an award from Africa Energy Forum

In keeping with its  focus on energy security and development, the ALSF alongside the African Development Bank  attended the 20th Africa Energy Forum (AEF), taking place from 19-22 June in La Morne, Mauritius. Every year, the Africa Energy Forum strives to connect African government representatives in the power sector with private and public solution-providers. During this year’s meetings, the African Energy Forum presented an award to the ALSF for its impact in Africa. In his acceptance remarks, the Director, Stephen Karangizi thanked the Forum for recognizing the ALSF...
21-Jun-2018

With ALSF support, Seychelles launches tender for the development of a 4-MW solar PV plant

With the support and technical guidance of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), and in the context of the Africa Energy Forum held in Mauritius, Seychelles Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Wallace Cosgrow, announced the launch of the tender of the right to develop, finance, own and operate a 4MW floating grid-connected solar PV plant in le Rocher Lagoon, Mahé. The Seychelles Solar PV Project will be the first in Africa, and one of the first salt-water floating solar PV plants in the world. More importantly, this clean and innovative project has a great potential to...
23-May-2018

African Legal Support Facility Governing Council and Management Board meets in Busan

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 25th Management Board and 9th Governing Council meetings on 20 and 21 May 2018 respectively, on the margins of the 2018 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea. The members reviewed the 2017 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future plans for the institution.  The Board approved, and the Governing Council subsequently endorsed the 2017 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements. Regarding the implementation of ALSF projects, the members took note of the increased volume and effectiveness of the...
21-May-2018

ALSF co-organizes regional workshop on Negotiating Fishing Agreements and Concession

Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing represents US$ 1.2 billion loss in revenue for West African countries alone. Some of this loss is due to inadequate governance in the sector. There is a growing awareness among African countries and regional bodies dedicated to maritime economy, of the need to strengthen capacity in this sector and empower government ministries for negotiations. To respond to this need, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) in partnership with the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank held a regional seminar on negotiating...