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Norton Rose Fulbright | Africa | 14 Jan 2021

Mining arbitration: recent dispute trends

Africa's economic growth has historically been linked to the fluctuation of commodity prices and it supplies significant amounts of minerals in global demand. Against this background, some states and state-owned counterparts of mining investors in Africa have taken a series of measures perceived by investors as an attempt to force them to renegotiate their long-term agreements. This has led......
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ENSafrica | Africa | 9 Dec 2020

Current pharmaceutical invention patent restrictions

A number of African World Trade Organisation members have supported a proposal to waive certain provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19. It appears that this is an opportune time for many least-developed countries (LDCs) to extend the TRIPS exemptions beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to......
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ENSafrica | Africa | 5 Aug 2020

African Union publishes COVID-19 vaccine strategy

The African Union (AU) recently published a COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The strategy was announced in a communique issued by the AU ministers of health and heads of delegation following a virtual conference on 24 and 25 June 2020. Access to medicine in Africa is a recurring concern and it may be an opportune moment to use the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a blueprint to secure future......
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George Etomi & Partners | Africa | 11 Apr 2018

Liberalising aviation in Africa: overview of single air transport market

In January 2018 the single African air transport market (SAATM) was formally launched. Its principal objective stems from the Yamoussoukro Decision, which provided for the full liberalisation of intra-African air transport services in terms of market access. The SAATM is a welcome development; however, to reap the full potential of the initiative, the African Union must do all that is......
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George Etomi & Partners | Africa, Global | 14 Feb 2018

Liberalising aviation in Africa: the Yamoussoukro Decision

The African Union endorsed the Yamoussoukro Decision in 2000 and it became fully binding in 2002. Its rationale was the need to foster socio-economic development in Africa – policymakers recognised that aviation and a competitive aviation market could be decisive for unlocking Africa's economic potential. However, the agreement has not been fully implemented by its signatories.
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George Etomi & Partners | Africa, Global, Nigeria | 29 Mar 2017

ICAO certification of Lagos and Abuja airports: identifying stakeholders

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in conjunction with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, recently commenced implementation of the Africa-Indian Ocean Plan Aerodrome Certification Project for two of Nigeria's 26 airports. The benefits of ICAO certification are considerable – for example, it will help the government to achieve its aim of attracting investors into Nigeria......
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George Etomi & Partners | Africa, Global | 4 Jun 2014

Aircraft acquisitions in Africa: building local underwriting capacity

The increase in the volume of commercial air traffic in Africa has led to an upsurge in aircraft acquisitions. Aircraft acquisitions can be undertaken through either a lease or an outright purchase. In either instance, insurance has a major role to play in the acquisition process.
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Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors | Africa, Global | 14 Dec 2012

Best practice and tailored reforms in African insolvency: lessons from INSOL

The 2012 Nairobi INSOL Africa Roundtable confirmed that legislative reform is not an agenda for the government or private sector alone, but rather must involve a cooperative effort. The roundtable's success proves that African governments, financial institutions, policy makers and the private sector are now more actively engaged in modernising the insolvency framework on the continent.
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