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Mining arbitration: recent dispute trends
Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Africa
  • 14 January 2021

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 to an increase in disputes concerning legislative changes, joint venture agreements and environmental issues.

Current pharmaceutical invention patent restrictions
ENSafrica
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Africa
  • 09 December 2020

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 address the many challenges which they face, especially regarding neglected tropical diseases.

African Union publishes COVID-19 vaccine strategy
ENSafrica
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Africa
  • 05 August 2020

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 access to pharmaceuticals – including vaccines – for Africans.

New Public Body Created for Petroleum Activities
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 15 May 2000

A 1998 act created an industrial and commercial public corporation, the National Petroleum Company of Congo, which has replaced Hydro-Congo as the relevant intermediary for petroleum exploration and production activity. The body will also act on the state's behalf in these matters.

Overview (December 1999)
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 16 December 1999

Including: Harmonized Business Law in French-Speaking Africa; Oil & Gas Regimes in French-Speaking Africa; Minerals in French-Speaking Africa

New Tunisian Code on Hydrocarbons
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 09 December 1999

Tunisia has remodelled its legislation on petroleulm and has introduced measures that will encourage exploration and exploitation of its oil fields.

Congo-Brazzaville : New Legislation Concerning the Dismantling of Oil Installations
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 28 October 1999

Proposed Reform of Petroleum Legislation in the Kingdom of Morocco
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 09 September 1999

New Mining Regulations in Burkina Faso
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 27 July 1999

African Civil Law Systems and the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Africa
  • 27 July 1999

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