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Law students scoop Eversheds Africa Student prize

Law students scoop Eversheds Africa Student prize

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    23-05-2016

    Eversheds has named Kelly Gounou from Cameroon and Josiah MFM Wamwere from Kenya as the winners of its 2016 African Student prize.

    Students from across Africa submitted an essay on overcoming the legal and commercial challenges to successful Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the hope of securing a six week work experience placement in Eversheds’ London and Paris offices.

    PPPs are increasingly seen as an essential structure for the financing, construction and operation of new infrastructure facilities that will help to address the infrastructure deficit that Africa faces. According to the World Bank figures, Africa needs to spend about $93 billion annually until 2020 to bridge this deficit.

    With reference to one or more potential or completed projects in their home country in Africa or another African country, students wrote about what they observed as the stumbling blocks and suggested solutions to overcoming these.

    Boris Martor, Chairman of Eversheds’ Africa Law Institute and head of Eversheds Africa Group commented:

    “We are delighted to welcome Gounou and Josiah. Africa is a significant and growing market for Eversheds. Knowledge sharing and legal development are key for our practice and for the ultimate economic and social development on the African continent. These awards provided a great opportunity to connect with bright legal minds from across the continent and hear their innovative solutions."

     

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