Uganda has ratified the agreement for the establishment of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), becoming the 27th member state of the body.
African Legal Support Facility is an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank Group. Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa, signed the agreement on March 20th 2019, following its approval by the Cabinet.
Uganda has enjoyed a long-standing cooperation with the Facility during which several projects in the country have been launched and successfully concluded. Today, the ALSF is supporting the government to developed Uganda Refinery Project and the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Project.
The Facility, known as ALSF, is dedicated to funding legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in their negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management.
The ratification of the ALSF Treaty was driven by Uganda’s recognition of the value added by the ALSF’s interventions and by the growing need to further strengthen and improve the country’s legal capacities.
The ALSF delivers its services to African countries, and Uganda will continue to benefit from closer collaboration with the Facility and maintain broad access to its capacity-building events, knowledge products, and legal expertise.