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Libya successfully defends major arbitration construction case in Paris

14 January 2019

Libya has successfully defended a case at the Paris ICC Arbitration Court claiming €562 million against it in various types of compensation by a consortium of construction companies building its stalled Tripoli International Airport project.

Government negotiations to bring down Egypt's $2bn fine for Union Fenosa

6 January 2019

The Egyptian government is nearing an agreement with Italian-Spanish Union Fenosa Gas (UGS) on dropping of the arbitration proceedings at World Bank's the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), as the Damietta liquefaction plant gradually operates this year after a six-year hiatus.

German Company Seeks ICSID Arbitration against Morocco

5 January 2019

Scholz Holding of Germany filed a request for arbitration against Morocco with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an agency of the World Bank Group, on January 3.

The dispute concerns a metal industry project, according to the ICSID website, without giving further details. Scholz says that the 2001 bilateral investment treaty between Morocco and Germany is applicable to the case.

Vodafone Egypt to pay 750M to Etisalat Misr

3 January 2019

The Court of Arbitration of the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration ruled that Vodafone Egypt is required to pay LE 750 million for Etisalat Misr on the interconnection prices between the two companies. 

The ruling also rejected all applications submitted by Vodafone and obliged it to pay the expenses and costs incurred by Egypt Telecom of about $440,000 before the arbitration. 

Cameroon lodge CAS complaint over AFCON hosting debacle

2 January 2019

Cameroon have lodged an official complaint against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the body’s decision to strip the nation of the hosting rights for this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

China's African debt-trap: Beijing prepares to seize Kenya's port of Mombasa

27 December 2018

China may be preparing to seize some major assets in the African nation of Kenya, as a result of debt-trap diplomacy.

African media reports that Kenya may soon be forced to relinquish control of its largest and most lucrative port in Mombasa to Chinese control.

Barrick and Tanzania make progress in tax row but no deal yet

17 December 2018

Barrick Gold has made progress in talks with the Tanzanian government to resolve a nearly two-year-long tax dispute, but it is premature to say a deal has been reached, a person familiar with the matter has told Reuters.

Zimbabwe's bid to annul ICSID Award Fails

28 November 2018

THE US-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has rejected Zimbabwe’s application to annul an US$195 million award to a German family whose property was expropriated under the controversial land reform programme.

Lesotho defeats investors in decision to set aside PCA award

27 November 2018

South African mining investors failed to reinstate an arbitration award against Lesotho before the Singapore Court of Appeal.  The investment arbitration award had found Lesotho liable under the Protocol on Finance and Investment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for disbanding the SADC Tribunal.

Egypt Settles Arbitration Case with Israel

22 November 2018

The government reached an agreement to settle the international arbitration case filed by the Israel Electric Company against Egypt. The Egyptian Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and the Egyptian Gas Holding Company (EGAS) were fined $1.75bn due to the suspension of gas exports in 2012.

A new Director at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Center 

19 November 2018

The development of arbitration in Mauritius has improved in recent years and the Island, located in the Indian Ocean, has become one of the African places of arbitration.

Sports of Arbitration Court throws out Kenya's appeal

18 November 2018

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday rejected Kenya's appeal to be allowed to play in the Africa Women Cup of Nations, which begins in Ghana this week.

Kenya appealed to the Switzerland-based court to force the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to keep their women's team, the Starlets, in the competition.

Angola wins case against Atlantic Ventures

16 November 2018

The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris (France), declared itself incompetent to pass judgment on the arbitration action filed by the commercial company "Atlantic Ventures - Sociedade de Desenvolvimento e Gestão Portuária, SA" against the Angolan State , announced yesterday in Luanda, the Ministry of Transport.

Oil Companies initiate arbitration against Papua New Guinea

15 November 2018

A CONSORTIUM of international oil and gas companies has launched legal proceedings against the PNG Government over the proposed cancellation of one of the country’s most high-profile petroleum licences.

BCM Acquisition of Nzema Mine on Hold

8 November 2018

An Accra High Court (Commercial Division) has placed an interlocutory injunction on the sale of the Nzema Mine at Teleku Bokazo in the Western Region pending the resolution of a dispute in respect of royalties payable to African Champion Industries (ACI).

Huge Win for Kenya as Tribunal Awards Ksh 200 billion in Cortec Mining Case

23 October 2018

A case by Cortec Mining (K) Ltd and two others against the Republic of Kenya amounting to Ksh.200billion has been dismissed.

In the case filed in June 2015, the mining firm sought compensation after the government cancelled its mining licences for the exploration and development of minerals in Mrima Hills, Kwale County terming it as ‘unlawful’.

Acacia Mining Threatens Tanzania with legal action

19 October 2018

Acacia Mining (LON:ACA), the Tanzanian gold producer dealing with an ongoing dispute with the country’s administration, has threatened to sue the government in international court as concerns about the safety of its staff mount.

Mauritian Arbitration Centre Launches New Rules

16 October 2018

The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is promoting its arbitration centre as the future of international arbitration in the country, following the launch of a new set of rules designed to bring it up to speed with other international centres.

Congo Miners Seek Code Concessions as Arbitration on Hold

12 October 2018

Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer.

World Duty Free Award Set Aside in Kenya

8 October 2018

A company associated with businessman Kamlesh Pattni has lost a Sh.9.4 billion claim against the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) over eviction from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Tanzania Terminates BIT with the Netherlands

6 October 2018

Tanzania has terminated its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands that East African and Dutch civil society had said was biased against the country.

English High Court Extends Injunction against Djibouti Port Company 

23 September 2018

The government of Dubai reported on Sunday, 23 September 2018 that a U.K. High Court judge had extended an injunction first made on 31 August 2018 against Port de Djibouti S.A. (“PDSA”), Djibouti’s port operator that bars it from interfering in the management of the joint venture company, Doraleh Container Terminal S.A. (“DCT”). 

Tanzania cites bias as it changes laws governing arbitration

17 September 2018 

Tanzania has moved to ensure that investor disputes are resolved locally after Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi pushed through parliament the Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Tanzanian Government Seeks to Kill Off International Arbitration Option

12 September 2018

Proposed amendments to legislation covering Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been tabled in Parliament seeking to ensure that all disputes arising from government contracts with private entities are conclusively dealt with by Tanzanian courts and not international arbitration bodies.

Egypt to pay Spanish-Italian JV $2bn in natural gas dispute

3 September 2018

Egypt has been ordered by an ICSID tribunal to pay more than US$2bn to an Italian and Spanish joint venture over a natural gas dispute.  

CRCICA and KIAC Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

31 August 2018

On 31 August 2018, during the 6th East African International Arbitration Conference held in Addis Ababa, the Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dr Ismail Selim and the Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Dr Fidele Masengo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to provide a framework through which the two arbitral institutions can develop a mutually beneficial relationship.  

PCA Arbitration Proceedings Against Zambia Commence

31 August 2018

Arbitral proceedings have begun in a matter Zambia has been sued in the Permanent Court of Arbitration(PCA) by oil trading company Gunvor of South Africa over an oil deal.

ICSID Arbitration Award against Tanzania's Tanesco survives annulment bid

22 August 2018

On 22 August 2018, an ICSID ad hoc committee upheld a US$148.4 million award in favour of Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong against Tanzanian's state-run electricity supply company, TANESCO.

East Africa Metals Provides Corporate Update on Ethiopian Project Development and Tanzanian Arbitration

21 August 2018

East Africa Metals Inc. (TSX Venture: EAM) (“East Africa” or the “Company”) would like to provide an update on the development of its Ethiopian Projects in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (“Ethiopia”) and the arbitration hearing related to its Tanzanian assets.

FutureSpace's International Arbitration Centre a Breakthrough in Conflict Resolution

19 August 2018

South Africa is experiencing a troubling lack of prosecutions of commercial crimes in both the public and the private sector, Judge Dennis Davis lamented at the launch of a new arbitration centre last week. 

Sudan wants ONGC Videsh to Withdraw Arbitration over Oil Payment Dues

17 August 2018

Sudan wants India's ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) to withdraw arbitration proceedings against the African nation as it is making efforts to mitigate default on payment of dues, OVL said in a statement on Friday.

ICSID is Modernising its Rules for ISDS

3 August 2018

ICSID is amending its rules and regulations. This marks the fourth time the ICSID rules have been updated, and is the most extensive review to date.

The overarching goals are to modernize, simplify, and streamline the rules, while also leveraging information technology to reduce the environmental footprint of ICSID proceedings. The process draws on the lessons learned from hundreds of ICSID cases.

Kenyan Lawyer Secures Chartered Institute of Arbitration Seat Unopposed

3 August 2018

A Kenyan lawyer and scholar has received a rare opportunity to sit on the globally renowned Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Board of Trustees.

Launch of the African Arbitration Association 

18 June 2018

On 29 June 2018, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), will host a conference on Arbitration in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire that will also launch the African Arbitration Association (AfAA).

The AfAA, founded for the purpose of promoting the development of international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent will be the continent’s promotional body for African arbitration institutions, African arbitration initiatives and African arbitrators.

African Arbitration Association is a welcome initiative

2 July 2018

In several conferences held in Africa on arbitration, a common reiteration has been to establish an agency that can promote international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent.

Now the dream has come true; just recently, the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) was established. Under its constitution adopted on 18 June, 2018, AfAA is a non-profit association that does not administer arbitrations but will act as the platform for African international arbitration practitioners and African arbitration institutions within the African continent to enhance the capacity of African parties, institutions and practitioners.

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