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Africa & Middle East

Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa and the Middle East.


Italian construction company in legal dispute with Morocco’s AABV
The Italian company claims that Morocco has breached the 1990 Italy-Morocco bilateral investment treaty provisions.
US is targeting sub-Saharan Africa for first free-trade pact
The US plans to pursue its first free trade agreement with a country in sub-Saharan Africa as soon as it decides on the most suitable candidate, according to the US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
Lebanon’s industry minister calls for modifications in free trade agreements
Lebanese Industry Minister Wael Abou Faour called on Wednesday for the revision of free trade agreements signed between Lebanon and other countries aimed at protecting the industry sector in the country, the National News Agency reported.
China calls more African countries to join BRI
China is planning to capitalize on AfCFTA to connect African and Chinese markets to promote the free movement of goods, persons, capital and technologies.
International arbitration newsletter - April 2019 | Regional overview: Middle East and Africa
Updates from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania.
Ecuador and the Netherlands consolidate their commercial relationship
Ecuador and the Netherlands have signed a joint declaration to promote a new bilateral investment agreement that will replace the one that is currently in force and that expires in 2021.
Kenya’s foreign trade disputes costly - experts
Kenya spends at least Sh500 million in defending a single case filed by investors at international courts under the Bilateral Investment Treaties, according to a regional trade negotiation institute.
Djibouti signs ICSID Convention to encourage investment
The ICSID Convention, which entered into force in 1966, establishes the institutional and legal framework for foreign investment dispute settlement.
The future of investor-state dispute settlement deliberated at UNCITRAL: Unveiling a dichotomy between reforming and consolidating the current regime
Reform of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is being deliberated at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III, which will be meeting in New York between the 1st and 5th of April 2019.
Egypt - British Petroceltic files arbitration case against EGPC
British Petroceltic announced filing an arbitration case against the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) at the World Bank Group’s ICSID.

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  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) legal texts and policy documents
    Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • SEATINI Uganda
    The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is a regional non-governmental organization founded in 1996 soon after the WTO Singapore Ministerial Conference — mainly focusing on WTO, but also bilateral and regional trade negotiations in Africa.
  • SEATINI Zimbabwe
    The Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is an African initiative to strengthen Africa’s capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of globalization.