1,200 world lawyers in Nairobi for 2018 Edition of African Bar Association annual conference

NAIROBI…Nairobi will host over 1,200 lawyers from around the world at the African Bar Association (AFBA) annual conference. The five day conference themed ‘Africa’s Socio-Economic and Political Future: The African Union’s Agenda 2063 in Perspective’ is expected to be graced by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta who will attend as the special guest of honor and officially open the conference, while Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President of the AFREXIM Bank, one of Africa’s top Finance Institution will be the key note speaker.
 
The conference, which is being co-hosted by the Law Society of Kenya is being sponsored by the Government of Kenya, MMC Africa Law and the County Government of Nairobi among other sponsors will among other things discuss constitutional amendments, justice and penal reform, alternative dispute resolution, mechanisms, construction law development, media, sports and entertainment law, environmental law and global warming and armed conflict.
“The AFBA conference is an annual event staged in different cities and jurisdictions across the African continent. It seeks to bring together lawyers from within and outside the continent to interact with other professionals, businessmen and women, lawmakers, government officials, captains of industry, multi-national and trans-national organizations among others. The nexus of the conference is to bring all these groups of people together to espouse the law, dissect legal developments for the future of the profession and to discuss issues that touch and concern the present and the future prosperity, security, democracy and the rule of law in Africa,” explained Edward Muriu, the Team Leader at MMC Africa Law.
 
Mr Muriu also added that part of what will be discussed during the 28 sessions of the conference will include how AFBA can contribute to shaping the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
“The conference will look into how AFBA can help in shaping the agenda for true African economic, political and social prosperity based on constitutional democracy and the rule of law,” said Edward Muriu.
He also pointed out that the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government of Kenya has granted visa waivers for all delegates attending the upcoming conference.
 
The association which has its headquarters in Abuja Nigeria held the last event at Port-Harcourt, Nigeria under the theme ‘Dissecting the Legal and Regulatory Framework for doing Business in Africa’ with former Tanzanian President His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete as the keynote speaker.
 
Other activities lined up for the 2018 event include the Rule of Law Symposium and the role of the military in strengthening democracy. There will also be a session on expanding the fortunes of lawyers and it will look at the role of bar associations. Anti-money laundering and counter terrorism will also be discussed.
“We will also have a Financing African Business Roundtable that will present renowned African businessmen and women who will table an absolute course for doing business in Africa the legal way. More topical issues will include investment opportunities in the extractive industry, anti-corruption legislations and the future of the international justice system,” Mr Muriu expounded.
 
Other notable figures expected to be at the event include Chief Justice David Maraga, the Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki and Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
 
The Judiciary of Kenya, LSK, Ecobank, AFREXIM Bank, the Plateau, Bauchi and Sokoto State governments of Nigeria and the Lagos State House Assembly are among the sponsors of the event.
 
The conference is slated to run from July 22nd
to 27
th 2018 with Mr Muriu explaining that the official opening of the event will be on July 23rd,
2018.