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Powering mining in Africa – the rise of the mini-grid and captive model

April 26, 2021

Access to reliable, cost-effective (and, increasingly, green) energy in sub-Saharan Africa is a major challenge for the mining industry.

Enforcement of awards across Africa – 42 of Africa’s 54 states have now acceded to the New York Convention

March 16, 2021

On 4 March, 2021, Malawi acceded to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention), becoming the 167th state party to the Convention.

Connecting the dots – the case for transmission PPPs in Africa

March 08, 2021

The African power sector has long had an intense focus on increasing generation capacity above other aspects, but in recent years we have begun to see a shift.

Assessing the procurement risk of energy concession awards in francophone Africa

March 03, 2021

In francophone Africa, the conditions for granting concession agreements usually appears at the top of the list of lenders’ key due diligence issues.

African Legal Support Facility examines the future prospects for PPP transactions in Africa

February 05, 2021

On 9 December 2020, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) convened a webinar to examine the weaknesses exposed by the pandemic, and the potential solutions and new trajectories for African governments.

Concerns persist with the implementation of Nigerian merger control regime

April 06, 2020

In March 2020, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the Commission), the Nigerian competition authority, published for consultation the draft Merger Review Regulations (the Regulations) and the draft Merger Review Guidelines (the Guidelines).

International treaty on registration of interests in mining, agricultural and construction equipment signed by African countries

February 24, 2020

The Mining, Agriculture and Construction (MAC) Protocol (the so-called Pretoria Protocol) developed by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) is an international treaty that facilitates the financing of mining, agricultural and construction equipment.

Nigerian merger control regime takes shape but material questions remain

February 11, 2020

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the Commission), the Nigerian competition authority, has taken a number of measures to implement the Nigerian merger control regime. In particular, in late 2019, the Commission adopted thresholds as well as taking the relatively unusual step of implementing an expedited and simplified procedure for foreign-to-foreign mergers.

Mali: Entry Into Force of the New Mining Code

December 18, 2019

Following in the footsteps of other Western and Central African countries richly endowed with natural resources, Mali has effected a further reform of its mining legislation, replacing the relatively recent Law No.2012-015 dated 27 February 2012 (the 2012 Mining Code) which regulated the mining industry up to the present time.