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Welcome to the October 2019 issue of our Francophone Africa newsletter. The aim is to give you a regular, brief practical overview of news and developments that may affect your business operations in the region.

In this issue:

Promulgation in Madagascar of an ordinance for the recovery of illicitly acquired assets

The President of the Republic of Madagascar promulgated Ordinance No. 2019-015 of 5 July 2019 on procedures for the recovery of illicitly acquired assets, which is part of the fight against corruption in the country.

Launch of the Single Window for Foreign Trade in the Republic of Guinea

The Republic of Guinea officialised on 3 September 2019 a Single Window for Foreign Trade (the "Single Window", in French, Guichet Unique). As part of a digital transformation process initiated by several African countries, such as Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, this new electronic system will centralize all administrative procedures related to import-export transactions.

This mechanism - aiming at implementing the Recommendation No. 33 of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) - will be managed by the company Webb Fontaine Group, which has held the concession contract for the supply, implementation, operation and management of the Single Window, since 6 February 2019.

New Mining Code in Mali

In Mali, the Council of Ministers adopted on 21 August 2019 a draft Ordinance on the Mining Code (the "Code"). The new Mining Code aims to fill the gaps in the previous 2012 law by substantially increasing the contribution of the mining sector to the national economy.

Several innovations are introduced, among which, the removal of the value added tax exemption during the mines production phase, the suppression of the exploration authorization and the prohibition of dredging operations and certain customs and tax benefits.

Public Private Partnerships in Burundi

The President of the Republic of Burundi, promulgated Law No. 1/19 of 19 July 2019 amending Law No. 1/14 of 27 April 2015 on the general regime of public-private partnership contracts. The new law allows lighter procedures for the awarding of partnership contracts and promotes the use of local content.

Public procurement rules in Togo aligned with WAEMU directives

The Council of Ministers adopted two decrees transposing directives of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) into the Togolese legal system. Togo is now getting up to speed with international practices for public procurement. The first decree No. 2079-096/PR of 8 July 2019 regulates the delegation of public project management and project management by transposing Directive No. 02/2014 / CM / UEMOA which governs the development and management of major or complex projects for which the state lacks the expertise required.

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