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The establishment of three new organisations points to further growth in African arbitration

Africa’s economic growth is picking up pace and is expected to reach 6.3% in East Africa and 3.4% in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year.  Foreign direct investment into Africa is also expected to increase from $41.8bn to $50bn, due in part to the signing of the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in March. As international investment and trade in Africa increases, so does the number and frequency of commercial disputes, with arbitration increasingly becoming a preferred means of resolution.  The rise in arbitration in

OHADA Arbitration: Reforms adopted to keep the system modern

An updated framework for arbitration The twin pillars of OHADA – the Uniform Act on the Law of Arbitration and the Rules of Arbitration of the CCJA – have now been updated. On 15 March 2018, three new texts adopted by the OHADA Council of Ministers will enter into force. A revised Uniform Act on Arbitration Law, the revised Rules of Arbitration of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (“CCJA”) and a new Uniform Act on Mediation. The revised texts were adopted by the Council in November 2017 and

Arbitrating in Africa: Enforcement Regimes for Arbitral Awards

It is widely accepted that the ease of enforcement of foreign arbitral awards is one of the key components of a strong arbitration regime. Whilst Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, with different legal systems in each country, the enforcement regimes for arbitral awards for the majority of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa fall broadly within three categories: States that are party to the New York Convention. States that are party to the OHADA regime. States that are neither party to the New York Convention nor the OHADA regime. The New