Focus On: Equitable Economic Development

Over the past seven years, ISLP has developed a significant program of assistance to several governments of least developed countries with their efforts to improve the management and governance of their countries’ extractive sector wealth. This is an area where ISLP is uniquely qualified to support both governments and local communities with some of the most experienced mining, environmental, tax, and other international transactions lawyers in the world.

ISLP is proud to partner with the International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) on training in East Africa on oil and gas contracting. Marian Hagler and Guly Sabahi, energy partners at Dentons, led a training in Kampala, Uganda for 20 senior level government attorneys and officials from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The training addressed the governance structure of the oil and gas industry; the legal and regulatory framework of oil and gas industry contracts; contract negotiation and drafting; legal and financial implications; the role of civil society; and other issues.

In partnership with the Africa Legal Support Facility, ISLP recently sent Jean-Pascal Boutin, a London-based Eversheds partner and Ramu Ramaswamy, of counsel in Paris, to lead a regional workshop on renewable energy contracts. ISLP has also collaborated on 12 workshops by ISLP volunteers for government officials and others in Tanzania. Scot Anderson, a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs and Andrew Thompson of ACT Financial Consulting led a five-day training on best practices for tendering, negotiating and drafting petroleum and gas agreements for 35 participants from the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, the Tanzanian Revenue Authority and the Tanzania Investment Center.

A May 2014 training for Senegal's Ministry of Industry and Mines was led by Liliane Doukouré and Matthieu Adam of McDermott Will & Emory's Paris office, two lawyers with extensive experience in the mining and energy sectors in Africa. In planning, said Ms. Doukouré, "We selected 14 mining-specific subjects for the program, including the negotiation of contracts, corporate social responsibility, and the government's objectives when negotiating a contract."

Mr. Ousmane Cisse, Director of Mines and Geology, welcomed the 25 senior government officials in attendance, remarking that:

"This workshop will enable you to better understand the legal and regulatory framework within which to operate mining activities, to better negotiate mining agreements and manage them thereafter. ISLP is a renowned institution that brings together international lawyers who have experience, expertise and have worked a very long time in the mining sector. It is these recent, practical experiences that they will share with us."

ISLP anticipates delivering several additional workshops related to extractive sector management for the governments of Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia.