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Eversheds Africa e-briefing: June 2013

  • Africa
  • Energy and infrastructure - Mining

27-06-2013

Burkina Faso – New environmental code

On 2 April 2013, Burkina Faso’s National Assembly adopted a bill for a new Environmental Code, which replaces the previous Code from 1997, established by the Law n°0005/97/ADP. The 1997 Environmental Code was highly criticised for being unable to respond to current environmental issues including prevention, disaster management, technology risks reduction, environmental tax measures and waste management. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

ECOWAS – Adoption of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff

After ten years of negotiation and five years after the decision by the Economic Community of West African States’ (“ECOWAS”) Member States in 2006 to establish a common external tariff, the Regional Finance Ministers have adopted in March 2013 the ECOWAS common external tariff. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Ivory Coast – One-Stop Shop for External Trade

The Ivory Coast has opened a one-stop shop for external trade, with the adoption, on 6 March 2013, of the decree approving the Concession Agreement on the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the one-stop-shop automated system (called in French “GUCE”) which was concluded on the 28 February 2013. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Mali – Incorporation of the UEMOA Transparency Code

The Mali’s Council of Ministers adopted, on 28 March 2013, a bill approving the UEMOA’s Code of transparency for the management of public finances (hereafter, the “Transparency Code”). Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Mali – Amendment of the Mining Regulation

The Government of Mali adopted, on 2 January 2013, a decree amending the current decree, dated 21 June 2012, establishing the conditions and procedure for the implementing of the new Mining Code set up by the Law of 27 February 2012. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Morocco - Finance and Economic Regulation

The government has approved Bill No.103.12 related to the credit institutions. This draft law specifies that the banks’ activity may be limited to the exercise of only some activities of collecting deposits granting loans, and making any means of payment available to customers, or managing them. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Morocco – Approval of the Draft Law for the Implementation of Two Conventions Preventing Double Taxation and Tax Avoidance

The government has approved the draft law for the implementation of two conventions preventing double taxation and tax avoidance. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Morocco – The National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development

The government adopted the draft law No.99-12 for the implementation of the National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Senegal – Draft Uniform Act on Litigation for Infringements of the Regulation Relating to the UEMOA Member States' External Financial Relations

On 7 March 2013, the Senegalese Council of Ministers examined and adopted the draft Uniform Act on litigation for infringements of the regulation relating to the UEMOA Member States’ external financial relations (hereafter, the “Draft Uniform Act”). Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

Tunisia - Ratification of ILO international conventions concerning professional relationships within companies

Following the signature on 14 January 2013 (2nd birthday of the Tunisian Revolution), under the leadership of the National Constituent Assembly, of the social contract between the Government, the UGTT (national main workers’ trade union) and the UTICA (national employers’ trade union) and in accordance with the 3rd axis of the said contract, Tunisia has ratified three of the most important ILO (International Labour Organization) International Conventions. Full article available in both French and English. Read more...

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