In addition to handling the establishment of telecom structures in West Africa, we regularly provide legal services to many domestic and foreign corporations operating in the technology sector.
This includes regulatory advice for the sector, monitoring of legislative changes and related intellectual property advice.
Experience has included advising:
- The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to conduct a survey on the legal aspects of the telecommunications, media and technology sector in six West African countries with the aim of harmonizing legislation.
- Sky Vision Global Networks Ltd on telecommunications acquisitions in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Niger
- Microsoft Corporation on the roll out of Windows Live Service across several jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Google with a monthly legislative change monitoring report in Senegal.
The coming into effect and promulgation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has ushered in a new and exciting era for the continent. AfCFTA aims to enhance intra-African trade by providing a complete and mutually beneficial trade agreement among Member States. It covers goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. On December 5, 2020, the African Union Assembly approved the start of trading under AfCFTA as of January 1, 2021.
Digital transformation is a driving force for innovative, inclusive and sustainable growth. The digital economy encompasses the economic and social activities that are boosted by platforms such as mobile and sensor networks, including e-commerce. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents an opportunity to boost growth, reduce poverty and expand economic inclusion in Africa.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is an agreement among African Union (AU) Member States who have signed and ratified the agreement, to create a single liberalized African market. The combined African market (GDP) of the 55 Member States is valued at USD3.4 trillion with a population of 1.3 billion people, the majority of which are youths and women.