Geni & Kebe provide expert advice on West Africa.
Could you give us a brief introduction to Geni & Kebe, including company’s key expertise and affiliates in West Africa?
MK: Geni & Kebe is one of the largest and oldest law firms in West Africa. In 2012 the company celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Today, Geni & Kebe consists of four barristers, seven legal consultants and seven paralegals, and we provide advice to many mining corporations on cross-border transactions in various African countries. Over the past ten years, mining has become an important industry for Geni & Kebe as we have seen an increase in mining investment coming to Senegal and other African francophone countries. Continue reading
The latest in a long time of court cases should be pushing security and human rights risk up the risk agenda of juniors, mid- caps and majors alike.
Dr William Wiley and Oliver Cushing, Tsamota Ltd.
On the 4th July 2013 the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice ruled that a trio of actions brought against Hudbay Minerals Inc, alleging breaches of human rights against indigenous Guatemalans, could be tried in Ontario. On the 4th December 2013 the British High Court African Barrick Gold failed in its attempt to have a case brought against it alleging liability in the deaths of six Tanzanian villagers thrown out- an attempt that the judge disparagingly described as a ‘Tanzanian Torpedo.’ Continue reading
Ghana’s service industry takes a leading role in West African mining.
ACCRA, GHANA – Given Ghana’s head-start on mining development in the region, its service sector is poised to grow along with the West African mining boom. The government is working to increase local capacity for mining services to expand their potential beyond its borders by improving the implementation of local content and adding local procurement requirements. Continue reading
Will Senegal’s new president bring about positive change for the industry?
Flickr: Serigne Diagne
DAKAR, SENEGAL – The election of Macky Sall as president of Senegal brought a new administration into the country for the first time since 2000, when his predecessor Abdoulaye Wade assumed office. Under Wade’s presidency, Senegal saw its first commercial gold mine go into production at Sabodala and the sector’s contribution from GDP rise from 1.5% to 3%. In spite of this growth, Continue reading
Zimbabwe: laying down the law to attract responsible mining investment.
HARARE, ZIMBABWE – As one of Africa’s most notorious and much publicized mining countries, Zimbabwe has been on a challenging journey over the last 15 years. Zimbabwe has come to be known as a country rife with regulatory uncertainty and political instability, yet the situation is rapidly changing and the overwhelming verdict from both the private and the public sector is that the time to for serious investors to look to Zimbabwe is now. Continue reading
Mozambique’s mining ambitions rely on infrastructure development.
MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – Located on some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Mozambique is by no means remote; it is simply underdeveloped. Urgent investments are thus being aimed at bringing its rail, road and port infrastructure to a state whereby it is able to handle the demand of the mining industry. Rafael Benke, global head of corporate affairs at Vale, has said that the Nacala Corridor and Sena rail line are “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of infrastructural investments and developments in the country. Continue reading
Challenging industry dynamics exacerbate the benefits balancing act as reform is underway.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Uganda has ambitious goals for its mineral sector. By virtue of its shared borders with the mining heavyweights of DRC and Tanzania, Uganda’s government and private investors have made a case for its geological potential in spite of its under-exploration. Giving further credence to its potential, historic production within the country boasts a diversity of minerals, from vermiculite to tungsten, copper, cobalt and gold. Continue reading