Why President Biya Ratified The African Legal Support Facility Treaty

The bill was ratified this April following it’s adoption in the March session of parliament. 

History now has it that members of both the lower and upper houses of parliament in their March 2018 session adopted a bill, authorising President Paul Biya to ratify the agreement for the establishment of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) that was signed in Yaounde on April 15, 2009. So too does it have it that President Biya is the one who sealed the deal on April 6, 2018. 

The ratification of the agreement, experts say, demonstrates Cameroon’s recognition of the value added by the  interventions of the ALSF. It equally portrays the country’s drive to further strengthen and improve its legal capacities. 

The ALSF interventions include the launching and successful conclusion of  several large-scale projects in the country. One of the significant projects is the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project, a 420-megawatt facility which the institution helped Cameroon to develop. 

The project stands out as the country’s biggest project in the energy sector and is expected to go operational in 2020. Officials handling the project recently held a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Louis Paul Motaze in Yaounde to fine-tune elements needed to set the project in motion full swing. 

The new source of clean, renewable energy, reports say, along with other energy projects will enable the country to meet the growing energy needs of its citizens. The promulgation of Law No 2018/002 of April 6, 2018 ratifying the agreement for the establishment of the African Legal Support Facility adds Cameroon to the list of 24 countries that had earlier done same. 

The African Legal Support Facility is a public international institution hosted by the African Development Bank Group and provides legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions.  

It delivers services to both regional member countries and nonmembers. Sources say Cameroon will benefit from closer collaboration with the institution and maintain broad access to its capacity-building events, knowledge products, and legal expertise. 

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