Since 2014 our Africa desk has been advising international institutions and Italian and foreign clients on investment projects in the African continent.

It focuses mainly on setting up and providing assistance to supranational funds; advising multilateral agencies and creating guarantee facilities for easier participation by government bodies; international commercial contracts for import/export companies, tenders, joint ventures, infrastructure, energy and rural electricity networks for companies involved in the planning and construction of major projects on a global level.

The Africa Desk is composed of experts with many years’ experience of working in the Continent.

The Pavia e Ansaldo Africa Desk was recently involved, on behalf of the European Union, in identifying credit enhancements to facilitate financing of infrastructure in East Africa. The team is also conducting a study into revising local legislation with a view to developing cooperative and microcredit models of financing.

As additional support, in the spirit of solidarity which is an integral part of the culture of our firm, the desk also advises African national authorities on identifying and developing the investment potential of their respective countries, and liaises between them and interested entrepreneurs.

Head of the Africa Desk is Pavia e Ansaldo partner Mario Di Giulio.

Since 2014 our Africa desk has been advising international institutions and Italian and foreign clients on investment projects in the African continent.

It focuses mainly on setting up and providing assistance to supranational funds; advising multilateral agencies and creating guarantee facilities for easier participation by government bodies; international commercial contracts for import/export companies, tenders, joint ventures, infrastructure, energy and rural electricity networks for companies involved in the planning and construction of major projects on a global level.

The Africa Desk is composed of experts with many years’ experience of working in the Continent.

The Pavia e Ansaldo Africa Desk was recently involved, on behalf of the European Union, in identifying credit enhancements to facilitate financing of infrastructure in East Africa. The team is also conducting a study into revising local legislation with a view to developing cooperative and microcredit models of financing.

As additional support, in the spirit of solidarity which is an integral part of the culture of our firm, the desk also advises African national authorities on identifying and developing the investment potential of their respective countries, and liaises between them and interested entrepreneurs.

Head of the Africa Desk is Pavia e Ansaldo partner Mario Di Giulio.

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6 Oct 21: Capo Verde: un hub tra Europa e Africa

Scarica il Programma    6 ottobre 2021 ore 14 – 15.15   PROGRAMMA   14:00 Introduzione Anna Spencer 14:05 Saluti istituzionali dell’Ambasciatore S.E. Dr. Jorge José de Figueiredo Gonçalves 14:12 Dr. José Almada Dias, CEO Cabo Verde TradeInvest 14:22 Dr. Jorge Pimenta Mauricio, Presidente Camera di Commercio di Barlavento 14: 32 Dr. Gerardo Iamunno, Presidente Gruppo Tecnico Export Unindustria 14:42 Dr. Anco Marzio Lenardon, Presidente ETC Invest 14:52 Dr. Pedro J. Silva Morais, Assessor VPM 15:02 Avv. Mario Di Giulio, Partner Pavia e Ansaldo 15: 07 Domande e risposte 15:15 Chiusura convegno Avv. Mario Di Giulio Modera: Anna Spencer  …

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9 Feb 21: Se la pandemia è leva per l’innovazione: il caso dell’Africa

Se la pandemia è leva per l’innovazione: il caso dell’Africa L’Africa sta puntando sulla tecnologia per la ripresa: la pandemia da Covid-19 ha accelerato il processo di digitalizzazioni in diversi Paesi del continente, per il necessario ricorso a soluzioni smart al fine di garantire la sicurezza delle persone   Internet, telemedicina, imprese ICT: l’Africa sta soffrendo particolarmente della pandemia di coronavirus in termini di vite umane ed economici, ma sta tuttavia traendo vantaggio dall’innovazione anche durante questo periodo. Del resto, l’impatto del Covid-19 è significativo non solo sulle esistenze individuali, ma anche sugli affari, le società e le imprese, con…

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19 Jan 21: Data Protection in East Africa

Data Protection in East Africa Data protection aims at greatly safeguarding the right to privacy and this is a matter that is of utmost importance in the current digital age.   This is especially important as the global economy is a digital economy and hence it is heavily reliant on digitization in order to leverage its economic success.   The right to privacy lies squarely at the centre of data protection and, therefore, a proper understanding and safeguarding of data protection in the digital age may be fulfilled only by properly understanding the right to privacy.   Privacy is a…

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11 Nov 20: Efficient logistics, customs and tax practices in trade relations between Africa and Italy

Efficient logistics, customs and tax practices in trade relations between Africa and Italy 11 November WEBINAR   Program   SPEAKERS Alessandro Zanin – Logimar David Mukeba Kalengay – Special Counsel to the President of DRC Liliane Attoungbre Carisi – OLA Energy Ablam Gerard Agoudou – Civil Engineer Airport Facilities & Infrastructure Abdulkadir Moalin Abdirahman – Benadir Pharmaceuticals Armel Koty – Consultant Mario Di Giulio  – Pavia e Ansaldo Moderator: Rudy Casbi – CEO La Nouvelle Afrique   https://iabw.eu/

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3 Aug 20: Economic Policies African States have implemented to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Economic Policies African States have implemented to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic Background The COVID-19 pandemic has been dubbed the “defining global health crisis of our time since World War II,” by international health systems experts.(Source: www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/coronavirus.html). To curb the spread of the virus, search for a remedy and vaccine, mitigate the socio-economic effects:  governments, healthcare specialists, the private sector and international health organisations have come together to formulate policies, researches and action plans. Economists have stated that the pandemic represents an unprecedented shock to the global economy. The global tally by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as of 29th…

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5 Jun 20: How Blockchain could revolutionize Ethical and Sustainable Fashion

How Blockchain could revolutionize Ethical and Sustainable Fashion Introduction In the recent years interest in supply chains has risen drastically and significantly in the fashion industry, a global trillion dollar sector devoted to the business of making and selling apparel, footwear and accessories. The fashion industry provides employment to approximately 100 million people across the globe, directly and indirectly. (Source: McKinsey &Company report the State of Fashion, 2019 ). With thousands of companies manufacturing apparel the industry remains the second biggest polluter of the environment. Reeling from issues of human rights violations in overcrowded factories, high levels of pollution caused…

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5 May 20: Sudan set to outlaw female genital mutilation

Sudan set to outlaw female genital mutilation On 22 April 2020 Sudan’s council of ministers voted overwhelmingly to criminalize FGM imposing a three year jail sentence for offenders. In a move hailed as a victory for women’s rights, the country joins 24 other African countries in enacting legislation against FGM. Sudan has one of the highest rates of FGM with the United Nations estimating that 87% of Sudanese women between the ages of 14-49 have been subjected to the harmful practice. The amendment to the criminal legislation, which still needs to be passed by members of the sovereign council, is…

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18 Mar 20: The Africa Continental Free Trade Area

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area   Introduction: The History of African Continental Integration Since the advent and rise of Pan-Africanism there has existed an idea of African Continental Integration. African unity has been a cherished concept but remained elusive for many years. In 1963 the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was created and given the impetus by the presidents of 32 African States to promote solidarity between African nations and eliminate colonialism in Africa. The founders of the OAU believed that Africa’s political and economic integration were inextricably linked. The OAU also had the mandate to ensure that all Africans enjoyed…

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3 Jul 19: Pavia e Ansaldo for sustainable fashion with the Consulate General of South Africa in Milan and Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo

Pavia e Ansaldo for sustainable fashion with the Consulate General of South Africa in Milan and Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo Milan, 3 July 2019 – “SOUTH AFRICA AND ITALY: emerging designers and affirmed fashion brands promoting the principles of Ethical Fashion” was the topic of the conference organized by Law Firm Pavia e Ansaldo, in cooperation with the Consulate General of South Africa in Milan and Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo. The meeting, dedicated to the topic of sustainable fashion, involved a number of firms, both Italian and African, operating in the sector. The goal of the conference was to promote cooperation…

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10 May 19: Cryptocurrency Regulation in East Africa

Cryptocurrency Regulation in East Africa Rome, 10 May 2019 – Over the past few years, there has been increased usage of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. A report by Financial Sector Development (FSD) Africa points out that cryptocurrency is a fundamentally new way to carry out value transfers over the internet, which eliminates the need for intermediaries.[1] A cryptocurrency could be seen both as a platform (technology/distributed autonomous entity) that provides a public accounting service in place of institutional actors, and as a financial instrument itself (virtual currency) that in some circumstances may act as a medium of exchange, store…

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15 Mar 19: Libyan Foreign Investment Co. resumes its activities in Italy starting from the real estate properties. The Libyan investment Authority is assisted by Law Firm Pavia e Ansaldo

Libyan Foreign Investment Co. resumes its activities in Italy starting from the real estate properties. The Libyan investment Authority is assisted by Law Firm Pavia e Ansaldo Rome, 15 March 2019 – The Rome representative office of the Libyan Foreign Investment Co. S.A.L. (hereinafter “LAFICO”), assisted by law firm Pavia e Ansaldo with Mario Di Giulio and Caterina Luciani, has requested clarifications from the Financial Security Committee, set up with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, on the status of the restrictive measures in relation to real estate properties in Italy owned by subsidiaries or affiliates of LAFICO, pursuant to the communication of…

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12 Mar 19: Regulation of Mobile Payment Systems in Kenya

Regulation of Mobile Payment Systems in Kenya Rome, 12 March 2019 – Mobile Payment Systems (MPS) technology has taken us closer to a cashless future making our mobile phones become our wallets. Mobile Payment is simply paying for a product or service through a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet. MPS have particularly gained popularity in Kenya because of convenience and security. In Kenya, M-Pesa, Airtel Money and T-Kash are special payment systems because they are virtual banking systems that provide transaction services through a SIM card. In other words, they are online payment systems, which allow…

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10 Dec 18: Financial inclusion in Kenya

Financial Inclusion in Kenya     Rome, 10 December 2018 – Financial Inclusion in Kenya is growing at a fast rate. A great part of this success is accorded to the use of mobile money services. The number of mobile money subscribers has been rising since the launch of M-Shwari in 2012. M-Shwari is a bank account offering both savings and loans that customers access via M-Pesa menu on a mobile phone. In 2016, 18% of the population were using new mobile banking services such as MShwari and KCB M-Pesa. This raised the bank account users to 38%. That is…

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16 Nov 18: Novità in tema di OHADA

NOVITÀ IN TEMA DI OHADA Milano, 1 febbraio 2018 – In data 23 novembre 2017 l’OHADA ha adottato due Atti Uniformi, aventi ad oggetto l’arbitrato (con il quale modifica il precedente Atto Uniforme sull’arbitrato dell’11 marzo 1999) e la mediazione, che saranno applicabili all’interno degli Stati membri dell’organizzazione a partire dal 15 marzo 2018. L’OHADA (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires) è un’organizzazione internazionale dotata di personalità giuridica internazionale, istituita con il Traité relatif à l’harmonisation du droit des affaires en Afrique sottoscritto da 14 Stati centrafricani in data 17 ottobre 1993 e successivamente modificato con il Trattato di revisione…

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15 Nov 18: Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale and Uniafrica announce the launch of a partnership for the spread and training on OHADA law

Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale and Uniafrica announce the launch of a partnership for the spread and training on OHADA law Milan, 15 November 2018 – Law firm Pavia e Ansaldo and Uniafrica (http://www.uniafrica.org/), as permanent representative for the information and training on OHADA law in the Italian speaking territories, announce the launch of a partnership for the spreading of information on and training in OHADA law (Organisation pour l’harmonisation en Afrique du droit des affaires – Organisation for the Harmonisation of business law in Africa). OHADA is an international organisation currently made up of 17 African States which, through the adoption of…

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6 Nov 18: La nostra idea di Africa: il continente che parla tutte le lingue del mondo!

La nostra idea di Africa: il continente che parla tutte le lingue del mondo! Roma, 6 novembre 2018 – Il rinnovato interesse dei paesi europei per l’Africa, l’interesse consolidato e costantemente in crescita della Cina ma anche quello del Giappone e l’ininterrotto rapporto da sempre esistente con in paesi arabi e l’India, pongono sempre più l’Africa al centro dell’attenzione degli stati e delle imprese. Da qui il crescere della nostra attività da e per l’Africa, con l’assistenza legale alle nostre imprese che investono in questo continente e alle imprese africane che cercano intese con quelle italiane il sostegno ad attività di cooperazione e…

5 Jul 18: The President of the Republic of South Africa signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA)

The President of the Republic of South Africa signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) On Sunday, July 1, 2018, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA), which aims at constituting a free trade area among member States of the African Union. The Agreement was initially signed by 44 States on March 21, 2018, during the XXth extraordinary Summit of the African Union held in Kigali, Rwanda. The entry into the free-trade agreement by the Republic of South Africa bolsters the scope of the AfCFTA intents, also…

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5 Jul 18: The President of the Republic of South Africa signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA)

The President of the Republic of South Africa signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) Milan, 5 July 2018 – On Sunday, July 1, 2018, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA), which aims at constituting a free trade area among member States of the African Union. The Agreement was initially signed by 44 States on March 21, 2018, during the XXth extraordinary Summit of the African Union held in Kigali, Rwanda. The entry into the free-trade agreement by the Republic of South Africa bolsters the scope…

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20 Jun 18: South Africa and Italy: Opportunities for Co-operation in the Composite Materials Sector

SOUTH AFRICA AND ITALY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CO-OPERATION IN THE COMPOSITE MATERIALS SECTOR Wednesday 20 June 2018 (10.30 – 13.30 hrs)   Download the program: South Africa and Italy – Opportunities for Co-operation in the Composite Materials Sector Opportunities in the Advanced Materials Sector in South Africa: A Cross-sectoral Technology For registration and meeting requests: PeAforAfrica@pavia-ansaldo.it The language of the conference is English without translation.

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20 Jun 18: EFPRA Congress 2018

EFPRA Congress 2018 Francesco Salvi será ponente en el “Congreso EFPRA 2018” con una intervención titulada: “The EU’s new Renewable Energies Legislation”. El congreso, que celebra su 19° edición, está organizado por EFPRA, la asociación europea que representa la industria de los productos derivados de origen animal, y por ANAGRASA, la asociación española de los transformadores de productos derivados de origen animal. El congreso tendrá lugar del 20 al 23 de junio de 2018 en Barcelona y participarán las empresas líderes del sector. Para descargar el programa: EFPRA Congress 2018

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18 Jun 18: Il Sudafrica apre le porte al libero scambio

Il Sudafrica apre le porte al libero scambio Parleremo anche di questo nella nostra conferenza del 20 giugno 2018 “Sudafrica e Italia: opportunità di collaborazione nel settore dei materiali compositi”. Scarica il Programma Per iscrizioni: peaforafrica@pavia-ansaldo.it Milano, 18 giugno 2018 – Il 4 giugno 2018 si è tenuto a Dakar, in Senegal, il sesto incontro dell’AMOT, la riunione tra i Ministri del Commercio dei paesi facenti parte dell’Unione Africana. Al centro del dibattito sono state le misure da adottare nei singoli paesi per implementare l’African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). L’AfCFTA è una zona di libero scambio tra i paesi africani, all’interno della…

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12 Jun 18: Pavia e Ansaldo for “Focus on Africa: food safety, environmental protection and sustainable development”

Pavia e Ansaldo for “Focus on Africa: food safety, environmental protection and sustainable development” New opportunities for institutions and Italian companies at the business forum organized with Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo and the Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma Rome, 12 June 2018 – Law Firm Pavia e Ansaldo, in cooperation with Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo and with the Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, organized the forum “Focus on Africa. Food safety, environmental protection and sustainable development: new opportunities for institutions and Italian companies”, taking place today, Thursday June 12th, at the Associazione Civita, Palazzo Generali, Piazza Venezia 11, Rome. It is…

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15 May 18: Pavia e Ansaldo incontra i ragazzi della Rui

Pavia e Ansaldo incontra i ragazzi della Rui Milano, 15 maggio 2018 – I Partner Mario Di Giulio e Francesco Bruno con i junior associate Alessandra Biagiotti e Lorenzo Minotti hanno organizzato un incontro con i ragazzi della Rui (Residenza universitaria internazionale) lo scorso venerdì 11 maggio. Durante l’incontro sono stati presentati i dipartimenti di Diritto bancario e Diritto ambientale, dopo le presentazioni sono stati dati ai ragazzi due casi pratici da risolvere e discutere insieme. La Fondazione Rui da oltre 50 anni accoglie e fornisce borse di studio a studenti provenienti da tutto il mondo. La Rui ha 14 residenze in 5 città…

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20 Feb 18: L’International Arbitration Act, entrato in vigore in Sudafrica lo scorso 20 dicembre, adegua il regime esistente in materia di arbitrato alle best practices internazionali

L’INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION ACT, ENTRATO IN VIGORE IN SUDAFRICA LO SCORSO 20 DICEMBRE, ADEGUA IL REGIME ESISTENTE IN MATERIA DI ARBITRATO ALLE BEST PRACTICES INTERNAZIONALI Martedì, 20 febbraio 2018 – In data 20 dicembre 2017, in Sudafrica è entrato in vigore l’International Arbitration Act no. 15/2017 (anche l’“Atto”). Il testo dell’Atto è diviso in quattro capitoli; tra il primo, recante le disposizioni generali, e il quarto, quelle transitorie, si collocano due titoli che disciplinano l’arbitrato commerciale internazionale e, rispettivamente, il riconoscimento e l’esecuzione degli accordi di arbitrato e dei lodi arbitrali stranieri. L’International Arbitration Act apporta significative modifiche al regime esistente in materia di arbitrato,…

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20 Jun 17: Pavia e Ansaldo for “Uganda”: Investment and Trade Hub for East Africa

Pavia e Ansaldo for “Uganda”: Investment and Trade Hub for East Africa Business forum on opportunities and benefits for Italian businesses in Uganda Milan, 20 June 2017 – Business opportunities for Italian companies in Uganda were the focus of the second business forum “Uganda: Investment and Trade hub for East Africa” organized in Rome by Studio Legale Pavia e Ansaldo, the Uganda Embassy and Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo. The forum, the first part of which was moderated by Pier Luigi D’Agata, General Manager of Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo, was opened by an institutional welcome by Grace Akello, Uganda’s Ambassador in…

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15 Oct 14: First Uganda Rome Investment Forum

First Uganda Rome Investment Forum ROME, 15 OCTOBER 2014 Today, the first Uganda Rome Investment Forum was held in Rome, with the aim of promoting interaction, dialogue and cooperation among the leading figures of the institutions and the energy industry from Italy and Uganda, in order to foster relations between the two countries, with particular regard to investments for the development of renewable energies as well as for the extension of the transmission network. Among the various personalities who attended the event, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mario Giro intervened and, while highlighting the reasons and…

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4 Jul 13: Financing Infrastructure for the Future Generation in the EAC region

FINANCING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE GENERATION IN THE EAC REGION L’Avv Mario Di Giulio ha partecipato alla Trans-East African Network Conference “Financing Infrastructure for the Future Generation in the EAC region” che si è svolta a Kampala (Uganda) il 4-5 luglio 2013 come relatore. Il suo intervento ha avuto come titolo “Legal and institutional framework to support innovative market driver alternatives and blending mechanisms for financing infrastructure development”. La Conferenza è stata organizzata dalla East African Community con il sostegno della Comunità Europea e della African Development Bank in collaborazione con Trademark Eastern Africa e la Banca Mondiale e il supporto di…