242021Aug
The role of the “rule of law” in the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The role of the “rule of law” in the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Article by: Fidelis Manyuchi Senior Associate, Scanlen & Holderness, Zimbabwe The Agreement forming the African Free Trade Area came into force on the 30th of May 2019 and was launched on the 1st of January 2021.  The parties to the agreement are the member states of the African Union which have come together to create…

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202021Aug
A new horizon for debtors and credit providers in Lesotho

A new horizon for debtors and credit providers in Lesotho

Article by: Pamela Bubb, Partner and Head of the Commercial Practice, and Brendan Miller, consultant, Webber Newdigate. According to the Central Bank of Lesotho’s (the “CBL”), list of licensed financial institutions for the 2nd quarter of 2021, there were roughly one hundred (100) financial institutions (commercial banks and micro-finance institutions) licensed to provide various credit…

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312021May
Insurgency in Mozambique: A drug problem

Insurgency in Mozambique: A drug problem

The increasingly violent Islamic insurgency in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province has seen much diplomatic activity, aimed at setting up some kind of military intervention to stabilise the situation. But we shouldn’t be holding our breath, says seasoned observers. We look at the complex problem. Mozambique hit the headlines in March when armed Islamic extremists…

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272021May
Zambia’s provisions in the Reservation Regulations

Zambia’s provisions in the Reservation Regulations

Article by Jackie Jhala and Mwila Balungu of Corpus Legal Practitioners – Zambia Introduction In a widely circulated Zambian national newspaper the “Daily Mail” dated 4 May 2021, it was reported that local transporters have been granted preference with respect to transportation of at least fifty percent (50%) of heavy and bulk cargo either imported…

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242021Feb
Minister Patel clarifies his views on employee share ownership programmes and broad based ownership schemes

Minister Patel clarifies his views on employee share ownership programmes and broad based ownership schemes

A new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“BBBEE“) initiative was announced by Coca Cola on 5 February 2021.  The initiative involves an Employee Share Ownership Programme (”ESOP“).  At the announcement, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, clarified his views on ESOPs and Broad-Based Ownership Schemes (“BBOS“).  He noted that – there were two types…

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242021Feb
The New Law on Credit Institutions and Financial Companies

The New Law on Credit Institutions and Financial Companies

Article by Célia Francisco of CGA Associados The new law on credit institutions and financial companies was published on 31 December 2020, and the law enters into force 90 (ninety) days after its publication, on 31 March 2021. We highlight the following aspects in relation to the new law: The licensing of credit institutions and…

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232021Feb
The African Continental Free Trade Area and the Regional Economic Communities (Focus on ECOWAS)

The African Continental Free Trade Area and the Regional Economic Communities (Focus on ECOWAS)

Article by Amadou Barry Ismael Traoré of Thiam & Associes – Guinea Conakry In order to implement the largest free trade area with 1.2 billion consumers and approximately US $2.5 trillion GDP, the AfCFTA was recently ratified by 54 out of 55 countries (excluding Eritrea). One of its purpose is to eliminate tariffs on nearly…

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282020Jul
African Court holds Article 41(7) of Constitution violates African Charter

African Court holds Article 41(7) of Constitution violates African Charter

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (the Court) has today, 15 July 2020, delivered a landmark judgment in the case of Jebra Kambole (Applicant) v United Republic of Tanzania (Respondent State). The Applicant was challenging the legality of Article 41(7) of the Constitution which states: “When a candidate is declared by the Electoral…

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