Egypt has seen a two percent drop in its software piracy rate to reach (59%), the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in its recent study, released last June.
Egypt has seen a two percent drop in its software piracy rate to reach 59 per cent, the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in its recent study, released last June.
The President and the Vice President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Hon Justice Sylvain Oré from Côte d’Ivoire and Hon Justice Ben Kioko from Kenya respectively, have been re-elected for the second and final term of two years to lead the Bureau.
Experts from UN-Habitat, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, members of academia, representatives from civil society and local governments met in Nairobi to chart out the process of elaborating a Model Law.
Artisanal timber millers are the key suppliers to Ghana’s domestic timber market. However, they have only limited access to commercial timber from production forests.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Act Cap 84 has been reprinted as a way of updating it to incorporate all amendments effected by the CMA Amendment Act, 2011 and the CMA Amendment Act, 2016.
The High Court of England & Wales has granted an injunction restraining Djibouti's port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA), from treating its joint venture shareholders' agreement with global trade enabler DP World as terminated.
Kenya’s second National Construction Week at Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 7-9 November 2018, is set to enhance contribution of the construction industry towards the Big Four Agenda.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) continued to play unusual games this week on the demands it has been making on their former client Ms Rose Shumi Miscowicz, months after she lost her Kiraraponi, Karen , Nairobi property to a new buyer she helped the bank to buy her house.
In a bid to identify tax evaders, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is actively working towards identifying and tracking various transactions carried out by cryptocurrency traders.
Andersen Global has continued its expansion in Africa through a collaboration agreement with Oliveira & Associados, a law firm based in Angola, founded by Formosa Oliveira in 2016.
The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Ms. Vera Songwe, addressed the 38th SADC summit in Windhoek, Namibia.
Andersen Global continues expansion in Africa with Isalcio Mahanjane e Associados, a law firm headquartered in Maputo, Mozambique.
When Peter Ouko was sentenced to death for murder 20 years ago, he was sent to Kenya’s Kamiti maximum security prison, notorious for being one of the worst jails in the world.
Bridgett Majola and Itumeleng Mukhovha, lawyers at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, have both been included on the list of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 outstanding young South Africans in recent years.
The Competition Amendment Bill (Bill), introduced in parliament in South Africa recently, has clearly shown that enabling small and medium enterprises and Previously Disadvantaged Individuals to be able to successfully compete in the market.
The quick passage of a law on factoring in Nigeria is a crucial step in facilitating the ease of doing business and procuring the trust of investors in the country, guests heard recently during a public hearing held at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Strong indication that Côte d’Ivoire will soon join the committee of nations that had ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the global Convention that seeks to prevent human and physical environment from mercury pollution has emerged.
Kenya’s government has overhauled the country’s current income tax legislation framework and announced measures designed to help grow the economy, according to the Budget Statement for the fiscal year 2018/2019.
In Africa, the demand for local compliance lawyers has risen significantly as having on-the-ground expertise in the countries where business dealings are taking place, is essential.
Avoiding or limiting job losses when companies merge has become a major priority for competition authorities throughout East and Southern Africa.
Kenyan companies in financial distress now have more options than before. Previously, going into bankruptcy was not an uncommon fate for failing firms.
CFC Stanbic bid to sell Karuturi’s assets has been halted by the High Court.
The Egyptian parliament has preliminarily approved a draft law for fighting cybercrimes, pending a final vote when two thirds of Parliament attend the session.
East African economies have grown so rapidly in recent years that large brand-owners are not only making substantial investments in their brands, but are willing to go to court to protect them.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has recommended the splitting of petroleum licences into two components for prospecting and production phases under the draft Petroleum Industry Administrative legislation currently before the National Assembly.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom and Serianu, a pan-African cybersecurity specialist firm, have announced a new partnership to improve cybersecurity standards and practices across Africa.
The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya has ratified the agreement to establish the African Legal Support Facility in the presence of his cabinet.
The top ten economies by Gross Domestic Product in Africa all have active competition regulation, save for Angola and Nigeria but those countries are in the process of establishing completion law regimes, which are expected to be up and running soon.
The Nigerian High Court has stopped the sale of 9mobile following opposition to the deal by some shareholders of the company,
Sharing biometric data with telecom companies without a data protection law openly facilitates illegal surveillance and threatens citizens’ enjoyment of the right to privacy.
The International Land Coalition Africa, a platform of 79 CSOs across 24 countries in the continent, has joined the Civil Society Organisations Working Group on Land Rights Reform in Liberia to demand for a people-centred land bill.
Use of social media and OTT services has also led to an increase in consumers’ demand for data services provided by mobile network operators, thus users are already paying telecom operators fees for using the broadband services over which these services operate, Uganda Civil Society.
Uganda secures a $4 million oil refinery deal, following African Legal Support Facility intervention
With the support of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Government of Uganda has successfully signed an agreement with a consortium of American and Italian firms to finance and construct a $4-billion refinery in the country’s Hoima district.
The Landlords and Tenant Bill, 2018, makes it mandatory for the Parties to execute a Tenancy Agreement in writing in order to document and provide a framework for their relationship and requires that in making the Agreement, the tenant provides a National Identity or Alien Identification card for non-citizens.
The denial of justice to the refinery-affected people by the High Court judges has led to the perpetration of injustices and human rights abuses that no justice-minded judicial officer should subject any citizen,” said Mr. Innocent Tumwebaze.
“There are three elements driving interest in regulatory technology (regtech) in South Africa and abroad, explains Dominique Collett, senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and head of AlphaCode, a club for fintech entrepreneurs.
In debt finance transactions, the issuance of legal opinions is sometimes perceived as a perfunctory, final step in the closing process.
Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report.
Egypt launches digital forensic lab to Improve Intellectual Property Rights' Protection and Enforcement
The Government of Egypt has announced today that it is setting up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy.
The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, first introduced to South Africa’s parliament in November 2015, and has been passed by the National Assembly.
Given the political and economic uncertainty in South Africa, foreign lenders are becoming increasingly focused on the type of security available in South Africa to secure their loan.
Lagos State has begun the distribution of the 2018 Land Use Charge demand notices for properties across the state.
The Appellate Division dismissed an Appeal filed by Castro Pius from Tanzania, whose application was seeking for an injunction to stop the Partner States which had not signed the European Partnership Agreement not to sign the same.
International tax and legal company Andersen launches in Egypt this week as Maher Milad Iskander and Co., an Egyptian tax and legal firm based in Cairo, formally adopts the name Andersen Tax & Legal.
The Kenyan government has gazetted compulsory standards to stop the production, import, export, use and sale of lead-containing paints in Kenya.
Despite fierce opposition, Tunisia has been added to the European blacklist of third countries thought to be at “high risk” of money laundering and terrorist financing.
South Africa seems to be following the trend in the US to legalise cannabis. Last year, Judge Dennis Davis ruled in a full bench decision of the Western Cape High Court that the use and cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private home is constitutionally legal.
The First Instance Division has granted an interim injunction to the British American Tobacco Uganda Limited, restraining and prohibiting the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Revenue Authority from collect excise duty due to discriminatory rates.
[Burkina Faso] African Legal Support Facility trains WAEMU members in oil exploration and opportunities
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) organized two workshops in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on best practices for managing oil and mining exploration and exploitation contracts.
Technology has taken off in Kenya like wildfire, where the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are the latest industries to embrace its benefits.
This week, in response to the dire rosewood crisis in West Africa and particularly in Nigeria, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) informed its 183 member countries of exceptional control measures.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation [GBC], has been directed by its Governing Board not to pursue any prosecution of people who may default on the non-payment of TV license fees.
Time Bank of Zimbabwe, one of only four remaining indigenous banks will finally open its doors to the public on Monday the 8th of January, after over a decade of dormancy and running court battles.
Nigerian High Court grants Aiteo’s Benedict Peters global judgment in rem - declares earnings legitimate
The High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria has declared that earnings and assets accruing to Oil magnate and Aiteo Energy boss, Benedict Peters were acquired legally through legitimate sources.
Members of the Banking Committee of the Nigerian Senate and the Banking and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives have pledged to accelerate the enactment of the factoring bill currently in the Nigerian legislature.
The Aiteo Group and Benedict Peters, its Executive Vice Chairman have appointed top Nigerian lawyers to complement their international representation efforts within the country.
International tax and legal company Andersen Global has partnered with East African Law Chambers, a legal and tax firm in Tanzania.
In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, institutions that nurture and support the flourishing of innovation, regardless of whether it is research-based or not, were identified as critical to industrial growth.
During this time of economic uncertainty, businesses are leaning heavily on their workforce to ‘ride the storm’ and emerge stronger.
Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt announce that they have reached a final settlement agreement of the ongoing disputes between both companies through a settlement agreement.
African Legal Support Facility and Connex Support Initiative capacity building to strengthen corporate governance in extractives sector
The extractives sector has witnessed sustained increase in equity participation by governments throughout the African region in recent times.
Andersen Global is proud to announce a presence in Uganda by way of a Collaboration Agreement with Ligomarc Advocates, a financial and corporate tax and legal firm.
While it's unlikely that a company changing hands would deliberately conceal any employee costs and liabilities from potential buyers, due to the buyer's unfamiliarity with the local employment landscape it is possible to miss some employee costs..
[South Africa] Kevin West appointed Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment
FTI Consulting, Inc. has appointed Kevin West as a Senior Managing Director in the firm’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment in South Africa. Mr West will be based in Johannesburg.
The latest addition to the international NEC suite of contracts, the NEC4 Design Build and Operate (DBO), was developed to cater for contracts where there is a single point of responsibility for the development and construction of an asset.
East African countries are grappling to balance two sometimes conflicting needs. On the one hand, they want to encourage foreign investment. On the other, they want to ensure that local skills and labour are not displaced by imported skills.
The Maritime Security Programme (MASE) under the Governance, Peace and Security Unit at COMESA Secretariat recently conducted an intensive training on Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery for 25 participants from the region.
British Environment Secretary Michael Gove has proposed a ban on ivory sales to help bring an end to elephant poaching.
Analysis carried out by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations throughout one of the world's most profitable stevedoring companies: International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
US advisory firm has announced its entry into East Africa through collaboration with with Nexus Business Advisory Limited (Nexus), a tax, legal and business advisory firm based in Nairobi, Kenya.
At first glance, it might seem unlikely that South Africa’s Constitution could be instrumental in deciding a cargo dispute with its roots in a 40-year-long North African territory deadlock.
Global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced Morne van der Merwe’s appointment as managing partner of its Johannesburg office
Following an official request for support from the Government of Guinea-Bissau, the African Legal Support Facility has provided creditor litigation support and advisory services during outstanding debt negotiations with the Export-Import Bank of China.
A Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has determined the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, adopting the boundary line claimed by Ghana and rejecting that proposed by Côte d’Ivoire.
Intra-African trade and investment is growing, and with it the likelihood that more and bigger commercial disputes will arise. Such disputes should be resolved on African soil and not in boardrooms in Europe.
Kosmos Energy has announced that the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has issued its final decision in the maritime boundary dispute between the Governments of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on September 19, 2017, announced the debarment of Entreprise de Construction Urbaine et Rurale (ECUR) for a minimum period of three years.
[Column] Leana Englebrecht: Swaziland Competition Commission requires payment of higher merger filing fees
In Swaziland, mergers are classified as either small mergers or large mergers.
In Swaziland, mergers are classified as either small mergers or large mergers. A small merger is a merger where the combined annual turnover or asset values of the merging parties does not exceed SZL8 million (approximately USD600 000).
For more than a decade, Africa has enjoyed a mineral boom, producing more than 10% of the world’s minerals by value, from over 30% of its global mineral reserves.
Increased vessel automation, integration and digitization are the inevitable future of shipping, adding cyber-attacks to the usual concerns of ship-owners and insurers.
Pact and Microsoft Corp. have announced an expanded partnership to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
[Column] Betsie Strydom and Wandisile Mandlana: New tax measures to curb abuse of mining rehabilitation funds are a missed opportunity
The National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA) places the responsibility for remediating environmental damage, pollution or ecological degradation arising from mining operations on mining companies as the holders of prospecting or mining rights.
Corporate immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) has expanded its Africa presence with a second office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division today ruled in favour of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), in the matter of South African Human Rights Commission & 3 Others v Jon Qwelane.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the debarment of Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) for a minimum period of twelve months.
Issues related to mental health, including depression, in the workplace have not always garnered the necessary sympathy or response from employers compared to physical issues, but this is changing.
Whether one has totally embraced South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act or not, there is no denying it has altered the scope of data protection, management and governance in South Africa.
[Column] Lischa Gerstle: Foreign lenders should be aware of credit and loan requirements in South Africa
When a foreign lender advances a loan to a South African borrower (or its group members), the South African Exchange Control Regulations, the National Credit Act and the financial assistance section of the Companies Act are of key relevance.
International fashion brands call on Madagascar to respect international labour standards and reinstate workers
The Government of Madagascar is coming under increasing international pressure to resolve a major industrial dispute at the ICTSI Port of Toamasina
[Ethiopia] Tameru Wondm Agegnehu law firm signs exclusive partnership with BonelliErede to tap into Italian investment
Ethiopian law firm Tameru Wondm Agegnehu has agreed an exclusive partnership with major international law firm BonelliErede.
As the digitisation of the customer experience is becoming a leading priority for most industries, Sybrin is hard at work enhancing their digital business platforms.
Various land commissions in Africa have committed to advancing policy, legal and regulatory reforms in their respective countries and ensure their effective implementation in order to recognize community land rights.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers, KAM, has launched the East African Community Intellectual Property Rights Regime Study which aims to enhance regional protection of IPRs, as a contributor to achieving the industrialization agenda.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has welcomed two new additions to its Management Board, Rafique Mahomed and Bruce Montador.
Comments and submissions by interested parties on South Africa's International Arbitration Bill, approved by the South African government in March 2017, are due by 28 July 2017.
Court declines to stop East African Community member states from signing Economic Partnership Agreement
The East African Court of Justice has declined to grant orders to stop East African Community Partner States which have not signed the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) not to sign the same.
Andersen Global has announced the addition of a presence in Egypt by way of a collaboration agreement with Maher Milad Iskander and Co., an Egyptian tax and legal firm based in Cairo.
[South Africa] JSE amends listing requirements to include disclosure on promotion of racial diversity at board level
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has amended its Listing Requirements to ensure that its listed companies have a policy in place to promote racial diversity at board level.