In 2020, W&Co. formalised a partnership with Strand Sahara, a boutique international advisory network that offers legal advice to tech start-ups in Africa.
In June 2020, W&Co's Wairimu Karanja had a webinar with Strand Sahara's Rashida Abdulai on the opportunities and the challenge faced by African-owned tech start-ups and whether there is a diversity issue.
The discussion shed light on the main challenges that Africans face in tech entrepreneurship, being: (a) legal and regulatory hurdles; (b) intellectual property (IP) protection; and (c) financing.
In Kenya, there may be hope to resolve the regulatory and financing challenges.
September 2020 saw the introduction to Kenya's Parliament of The Start Up Bill 2020, a proposed law to offer incentives to Kenyan-owned start-ups in science, technology and innovation. Incentives include government start up incubator programmes, credit guarantees, tax incentives.
When the bill will be enacted to law, and how it will be implemented remains to be seen.
EAIAC 2020 took place virtually on 26th to 28th August 2020.
This year’s theme remains ‘Disruption and Innovation in International Arbitration in Africa’.
The conference was initially planned to be in tropical Zanzibar, but in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Conference lived true to its theme of disruption and innovation and engaged a platform that offered an interactive experience for participants, including Speed Networking, 1-1 video chat capability for all participants and virtual meeting booths.
The conference had over 300 delegates and over 40 speakers from across Africa and the World, speaking on various topics including: the AfCTA and WTO trade dispute resolution mechanisms; Africa’s blue economy; Natural resources and climate change disputes; trends in African bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment arbitration under ICSID; Islamic finance disputes; fraud and corruption in arbitration; and technology in case management and virtual hearings procedure .
The 2nd Annual Africa Arbitration Awards took place on Friday 29th August 2020 virtually and broadcasted Live on Zoom and YouTube.
This was an opportunity to once again shine a light on exemplary leadership and success in Africa Arbitration. Thousands of votes were cast by the arbitration community globally. The winners reflected the best that Africa has to offer in international arbitration expertise. The Winners were:
The African Arbitrator of the Year 2020 was Mrs. Dorothy Ufot SAN.
The Young Arbitration Practitioner of the Year 2020 was Ms. Madeline Kimei
The Leading Case Counsel Team 2020 was the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The Leading Arbitration Services Provider 2020 was JMiles & Co
The Innovation in Arbitration 2020 award went to the Africa Arbitration Academy
The Africa Arbitration Awards will continue to spotlight Africa’s expertise in international commercial and investment arbitration.
W&Co. is dedicated to policy research and legislative development in the African ENR sector.
In June 2019, Wairimu Karanja and Nduta Njenga of W&Co. contributed a Chapter on Mineral Policy of the United Republic of Tanzania in the Springer Encyclopedia of Mineral and Energy Policy.
W&Co’s Chapter and the Springer Publication can be accessed at:
Founding Director, Wairimu Karanja, spoke and trained on mining laws at the Kenya Mining Forum on 12th and 13th November 2018 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. Wairimu spoke on mitigating finance risks in Day 1, and trained on setting up businesses and obtaining mining licences in Day 1 and Day 2.
The Kenya Mining Forum is an exclusive annual international platform for mining professionals in Kenya and the East African region. Read Wairimu Karanja's Expert Interview here: http://www.kenyaminingforum.com/Wairimu-Karanja-interview
Founding Director Wairimu Karanja contributed to the 2018 Strathmore University Publication on Kenya's new Mining Act 2016 and Regulations: Mining Law: Commentaries on Kenya’s Framework Legislation, Edited by Ambani J. and Wasunna M.
Wairimu's contribution critically analyses the benefits and challenges of the Mining Act provisions relating to health safety and the environment. She analysed the provisions in light of present circumstances, and compared with new country obligations international best practices, including concerns on mine closure and climate change. For further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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