UNCITRAL Days are a series of events co-organised with institutions of higher learning to raise awareness of the work of UNCITRAL amongst the next generations of legal thinkers and policymakers, thereby furthering its efforts to promote the progressive harmonization and modernization of international trade and commercial law.
The theme of the 2022 UNCITRAL Days in Africa was “Modernization and harmonization of international commercial law framework in the AfCFTA context”.
On 3 November 2022, the African Procurement Law Unit at Stellenbosch University co-hosted with UNCITRAL an UNCITRAL Africa Day workshop focusing on the public procurement dimension of trade law harmonization in the AfCFTA context.
Session 1: How can harmonisation of public procurement systems and rules on infrastructure development contribute to a single market for trade and investment in Africa?
- Caroline Nicholas & Benjamin Herisset (UNCITRAL)
- Sope Williams (Stellenbosch University & APLU)
Session 2: Why is public procurement often excluded from regional free trade agreements?
- Christopher Yukins (George Washington University School of Law)
- Dominic Dagbanja (University of Western Australia & APLU)
Session 3: What are the particular challenges in public procurement in the African Continental Free Trade Area relevant to harmonisation?
- Geo Quinot (Stellenbosch University & APLU)