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“The Importance of a Solid Legal Infrastructure In Enhancing Africa’s Economic Development”

The work of the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) is to build legal infrastructure across the sub-Saharan African region. While typical development projects focus on the establishment of physical infrastructure towards economic development – roads, rail, airports, dams, schools, hospitals and the like – the work of the ILI-ACLE (and similar organizations), is to build the necessary framework that underpins an enhanced investment climate, as well as establishing the legal and regulatory systems that allow other forms of infrastructure to function effectively. A natural corollary of this - is the establishment of strong governance frameworks, which are a crucial component of economic development. 


The presentation will provide a synopsis of the current pace of physical infrastructure initiatives in the African region, and compare it to the initiatives to promote legal infrastructural development. This will necessarily entail the review of relevant case studies and recommendations for reform drawing on the extensive experience of the ILI in promoting and establishing legal systems in developing countries worldwide.

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