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Africa’s online library on law and governance to aid start-ups

Africa’s online library on law and governance to aid start-ups

This free online database will enable African entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors to make quick and informed decisions, driving Africa towards sustainable development. (Image: EIFL)

With different laws and legislative systems governing diverse countries in the African continent, entrepreneurs often find themselves caught in a complex legal tangle when it comes to starting a business from scratch or expanding it across Africa.

This is where Africa’s first online law library is expected to come to the rescue, offering a free, comprehensive and easily accessible online database for companies across the continent.

The African online library on law and governance, launched today by the African Union (AU), will help strengthen predictability for business in Africa.

This will enable African entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors to make quick and informed decisions, driving Africa towards sustainable development.

The project by the African Innovation Foundation will be available free of charge, as the library aims to make the systems of law existing in various African countries: visible, accessible and consolidated.

The AU says it believes the library, initiated in 2012, will bring lawyers, businesses, educators and government together to develop ownership in Africa through multidisciplinary research and interaction on comparative law.

The online database, implemented by Globethics.net, will offer legal text and secondary literature on the continents law and governance as well as comparisons with other legal systems and judgments.

Speaking during the launch, the founder and initiator of the African law library Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais said the library will help in promoting good governance.

It would help make real the vision of a continent without war, famine or poverty and ensure all countries have equal footing in the global economy, he added.

He concluded that the African law library would contribute to this effort by promoting good governance practices, while building a bridge between modern law and customary law to overcome colonial law.

Source: CIO East Africa

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